education

Senate Bill 16
6:23 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Who Benefits When The School Funding Formula Is Re-Crunched?

Freshman State Senators Andy Manar and Steve Stadelman meet with superintendents from public schools in Winnebago and Boone counties at The Regional Superintendent's office in Loves Park.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

School superintendents in Illinois are getting a chance to weigh in on what could be a huge change in the state’s public school funding formula. 

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Interim president gets the job
5:49 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

New President For Rock Valley College

Rock Valley College's new president, Michael Mastroianni.
Credit Rock Valley College / rockvalleycollege.edu

After a national search, Rock Valley College has gone in-house for its new president.  The College's Board of Trustees today announced it has selected Michael Mastroianni as RVC's sixth president.  

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Illinois
6:06 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Lawmaker Pushes For Changes To Education Funding

Sen. Andy Manar
Credit ilga.gov

Illinois lawmakers are beginning to debate how much money the state will put toward education.  First, though, a group of legislators say Illinois needs to fix how it parcels out that money to individual districts.

Senator Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, says Illinois has a problem with the "how." He says the state uses an outdated formula to determine what portion of Illinois' education budget each school gets.

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Rockford Register Star Collaboration
8:47 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Rockford Education Leaders Talk About Common Core

Rockford Education Association President Dawn Granath and District 205 Superintendent Ehren Jarrett discussed Common Core at the WNIJ studios in Rockford.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

School districts are pressing ahead with implementing Common Core education standards. They’re required to start using federal standardized tests next year. 

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Message from State Board of Education
4:26 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Belts Getting Tighter For Illinois Schools

Credit Susan Stephens/Roberta F / Creative Commons

The Illinois State Board of Education is warning school districts to prepare to make due with less next fiscal year.

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Education
6:01 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Tougher Tests for Illinois Students

State Superintendent Christopher Koch
Credit State Board of Education

Student achievement tests given to third through eighth graders will be more difficult this year.  The Illinois Standards Achievement Tests are meant to measure learning in areas like language and math.  But the new versions given this spring will require a broader understanding of subjects.  Illinois will also raise the bar for meeting learning standards, which means fewer students are likely to hit the benchmarks. 

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Education
8:37 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Jarrett Named Superintendent of Rockford Schools

Dr. Ehren Jarrett
Credit facebook

The Rockford Public School Board has named Ehren Jarrett as its new Superintendent.  The board will begin contract negotiations with the possibility of Jarrett assuming his new role July 1, 2013. Interim Superintendent Robert Willis is expected to stay on until then.

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Government
5:05 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Teachers Union Calls for Ouster of Pension Head

Richard Ingram
TRS

A labor union is demanding the resignation of the head of Illinois' teacher pension system. The union doesn't like what he's been saying about the future of teachers' retirement benefits. Richard Ingram says in order to solve the long-term funding problems of the Teachers' Retirement System, the state has to consider reducing automatic cost-of-living increases for retirees.

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Education
8:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

College Receives Grant to Expand Training Programs

mchenry.edu

McHenry County College will receive nearly $600,000 over three years from a U.S. Labor Department  grant to expand its manufacturing and robotics training programs. According to the McHenry County Labor Report of 2011, manufacturing is the largest employment sector of industry in McHenry County.

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Education
4:33 am
Tue October 2, 2012

College Illinois Up and Running...Again

College Illinois

College Illinois is once again open for business. The state's troubled pre-paid tuition program had previously stopped selling contracts amid reports of financial mismanagement.

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