education

Education
6:20 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Quinn Announces $80M Grant For Early Childhood Ed.

Credit Flickr user / Lee Ruk "2013 Dec.19, Pre-School 3" (CC BY 2.0)

Illinois won an $80 million federal grant to increase access to early childhood education. 

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the award Wednesday. The state will receive a maximum of $20 million per year for four years.

The program is intended to help four-year-olds from low-income families attend preschool. 

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Education
4:58 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Report: More Than Half Of Illinois Public School Students Are Low-Income

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New statistics released by the Illinois State Board of Education show that more than half of Illinois' public school students are low-income.

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Politics
8:09 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Both Major Party Gov. Candidates Don't Approve Of Education Funds Distribution

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Both major party candidates for governor say Illinois should put more money into education. But neither is ready to embrace a controversial plan that would change how state money is distributed to schools.

A proposal passed by the state senate is meant to even out how much money schools have to operate. Schools where poverty is high and property values are low would get more state funding by cutting money for wealthier districts.

Supporters say the change is fair. Gov. Pat Quinn isn't on board.

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-Illinois
6:58 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Illinoisans Can Share Thoughts On State Board Of Education Funding

Credit State of Illinois

State education leaders urge Illinoisans to weigh in on their priorities for education as the state develops the 2016 K-12 budget.

The State Board of Education will hold public hearings to gather opinions and ideas about resources and funding. This year the hearings will also offer attendees an opportunity to give feedback on Senate Bill 16, which would distribute state dollars more equitably among public school districts. 

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Education
5:24 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Freeport School District Superintendent Submits Resignation

Credit Freeport School District

Freeport School District Superintendent Roberta Selleck has submitted her resignation to the Freeport School Board.

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Education
5:38 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Back-To-School Webinar To Explain Changes In Illinois Schools

The Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois PTA have teamed up to offer their first Back To School webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

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Education
6:29 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Freeport School Board Investigating Superintendent

Credit Freeport School District 145

The Freeport School Board says it is investigating the district superintendent for “certain administrative actions and decisions.”

In an August 17 written statement, Board President Janice Crutchfield says that the Board decided to place Superintendent Roberta Selleck on paid administrative leave on July 15 while the Board pursued its investigation.

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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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