Education

Education
5:00 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Rockford-area dental screenings improve smiles

capl.washjeff.edu

A successful dental screening program in several northern Illinois school districts will continue this summer,  and will even expand this fall.  

The screening program identifies students who may not regularly see a dentist for reasons including lack of insurance or transportation. During the past school year, more than 900 students in the Belvidere, Harlem, and Rockford School Districts received dental treatment.

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Education
6:00 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Selling back college textbooks can be frustrating

WNIJ

As college courses wrap up for the year, college students are trying to get the best prices for their used textbooks.  

Some textbooks will be updated, and students will not get a penny for those. Others may be damaged or missing portions.  Nothing for those either. 

Increasingly, students are going online to buy and sell or opting for a cheaper upfront cost for an electronic version of the course material.

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Education
6:24 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Trying to find common ground on teacher evaluations

Illinois is in the process of bolstering requirements for teacher evaluations. The changes come amid a national discussion about separating guidelines for evaluating special-education teachers.

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Education
6:43 am
Mon May 14, 2012

High school academy program taking shape in Rockford

The school board is preparing to vote on the proposal later this month. Supporters hope it will boost the district's graduation rate.

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Education
4:28 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

New NIU students' tuition up $200 in fall

NIU's Altgeld Hall
Susan Stephens WNIJ

This fall’s crop of freshmen at Northern Illinois University can expect to pay $200 more in tuition per semester than last year’s freshmen. The NIU Board of Trustees approved a tuition increase of 4.75% at its meeting Thursday.

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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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Education
8:19 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Pritchard: Schools need transportation flexibility

Illinois lawmakers could consider a proposal this spring that would change how school districts are reimbursed for transportation costs. The state board of education is in the process of drawing up the plan. One idea being floated is to allow school districts to charge students to ride the bus.

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Education
6:30 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Cents and Sensibility

As a member of Financial Cents, accounting graduate student Thurston Booth teaches other students financial literacy

Most of the events during Money Smart Week are given by finance professionals. One set of presentations, though, is not being given by a bank officer or a CPA. Northern Illinois University's Financial Cents program employs students to teach their peers what they need to know when it comes to money. Now, during Money Smart Week, they're doing the same thing for the larger community. 

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Education
7:09 am
Fri April 20, 2012

School District Consolidation

Some northern Illinois school districts are part of voluntary downsizing efforts identified in a commission's report that was issued this week. 

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Education
7:32 am
Wed April 11, 2012

District 205 Leader Gets Contract Extension

 

The Rockford school board has approved a contract extension for the district's interim superintendent. 

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