education

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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Education
12:31 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

9 Rockford schools will get more resources

Nine Rockford schools will be getting additional resources to help administrators deal with discipline and truancy problems and a lack of parent involvement.

Officials with the Rockford School District say the schools are in what they're calling a neighborhood empowerment zone, which has high crime rates and a higher volume of 911 calls. Officials say more than 90 percent of students at the schools also are economically disadvantaged and qualify for free or reduced lunch rates.

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Education
7:40 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

In Rockford, state commission slams forced consolidations

Classrooms First Commission Rockford Public Hearing
WNIJ

A state commission says Illinois schools shouldn’t be forced to consolidate. Monday night's hearing in Rockford was the final of four public hearings on the issue.  The Classrooms First Commission has now toured its plan around the state.    House Bill 1216 was signed into law on August 23, 2011, creating a commission to research issues affecting school districts.

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Illinois
12:59 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Around Illinois – April 25

  • More high school math supported
  • Poll sees gaming as a good bet
  • A test for chlorine safety in Rockford
  • Church installs solar panels
  • Did owners keep workers' health, retirement funds?

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