education

Lydia Urban Academy

The Lydia Urban Academy is in danger of closing its doors before the end of the school year. The nontraditional Christian high school serves about 20 students with social, behavioral, and learning disabilities that make it difficult for them to succeed in a traditional setting. Some are escaping from bullying, while others are referred by Rosecrance Health Network or the state juvenile detention system. The Register-Star reports the school needs about $40,000 to make payroll and not close...

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Imagine an object that could help some students improve their attendance. Other students will learn leadership skills. Still others will discover how to become valuable employees some day. And everyone smells better. That object? A basket of laundry. A humble chore is changing lives in one high school. Beloit Memorial High School looks a lot like the old factories that sprawl across this city just north of the Illinois/Wisconsin border. It’s huge. Nearly three-quarters of its students are...

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The Illinois Board of Higher Education has authorized $17 million in emergency funding to help three financially strapped state universities through the end of the year. The Chicago Tribune reports the board approved the measure unanimously on Wednesday. Under the agreement, Western Illinois University gets $8.4 million, Eastern Illinois University receives about $5.6 million, and Chicago State University gets around $3 million. The funding can be used only to pay down costs incurred this...

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Three school districts are going into their second year for a three-year state e-learning day trial program. But they ran into an obstacle in monitoring the progress of the program. All three districts participating in the trial program have not been able to use any e-learning days. That’s because superintendents from Gurnee School District 56, Community High School District 94 in West Chicago, and Leyden High School District 212 in Franklin Park say they didn’t use any snow days last school...

State Report Card Shows Students Fall Short Of Academic Benchmarks

Oct 31, 2016
State of Illinois

The Illinois State Board of Education releases its 2016 report cards today. They analyze how well the state’s public schools are educating Illinois students. More than 60 percent of students failed to meet state benchmarks in math and English. That’s according to results from the second year using the standardized test known as PARCC. Board of Education analyst John Barker says PARCC gives Illinois a clearer picture of the state’s challenges. “We’re not where we want to be,” Barker said. “And...

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