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Education
1:51 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Illinois Board of Education takes over East St. Louis schools

Supt. Chris Koch

For the first time in its history, the Illinois State Board of Education has taken over a public school district.

The board voted unanimously today to dissolve the seven-member elected board of the East St. Louis Public Schools and replace it with an appointed five-member oversight panel to run the school district.

The district already was under state financial oversight, and the board previously had entered an agreement giving a state consultant the final say over most decisions.

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Education
7:41 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Beloit College professor dies in Chile

Dan Shea, Ph.D.
Beloit College

Dan Shea, an anthropology professor at Beloit College since 1968, died after a fall Tuesday night while on a research trip with students in Chile.

 Shea and five Beloit students arrived June 8 and were scheduled to remain in Chile until June 27. A Beloit College alumnus and an adjunct professor also were on the trip; they remain with the students at this time. Plans are being made for their return as soon as possible.

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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
6:57 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Illinois schools face deep cuts

Illinois schools would see $200 million in cuts in the budget approved by state lawmakers last week. An Associated Press analysis says if the governor signs the budget, Illinois would fall further behind in providing basic education funding for each student.

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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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