7:40 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

In Rockford, state commission slams forced consolidations

Classrooms First Commission Rockford Public Hearing

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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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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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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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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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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11:08 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Lottery Dollars for Education


Do schools benefit from increased lottery sales?

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5:18 am
Thu March 15, 2012

New Evidence Links Life in the Womb and Obesity

New evidence suggests environmental factors in the womb could lead to  increased body weight in later years. The research appears  in the journal Plos One.  Scientists found changes around the DNA at birth which may result from a mother's diet or exposure to pollution or stress. These changes were linked to a higher Body Mass Index in children around the age of nine.

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10:15 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Wanted: Non-NIU undergrads interested in the environment, paid summer research program

Northern Illinois University is looking for non-NIU undergraduate students who are interested in environmental issues to work closely on research projects with university scientists.

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6:29 am
Tue February 28, 2012

The Art of the Sales Pitch

Students from around the globe tested their sales skills this past weekend at the 2nd Annual World Collegiate Sales Open held at Northern Illinois University. 

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8:47 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Tentative Contract Agreement at RVC

A labor dispute at a community college in northern Illinois could be nearing an end.  A tentative contract agreement has been reached between Rock Valley College and its faculty union. 

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