DeKalb School District Gets A Security Upgrade

Feb 4, 2015

DeKalb School District 428 has gone high-tech to help prevent potential security threats. Superintendent Douglas Moeller is confident the new security measure, known as the Raptor System, will be effective to address security risks rapidly.

“It obviously is much more convenient for our families who we do want to be involved in their children’s school experience,” Moeller said. “The old process was time-consuming; and a lot of parents, I think, felt that we were trying to keep them out of schools rather than welcoming them into our schools.”

Arlington Heights’ John Hersey High School, Prospect High School and Naperville Central High School are among the top 20 high schools in Illinois. That’s according to the website

The list was based on criteria such as extracurricular activities, ACT scores and AP test pass rates. 

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

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.

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. 

Freeport School District

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

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.

Freeport School Board Investigating Superintendent

Aug 18, 2014
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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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.