Education

Education and learning

The Board has also approved placing a referendum on the November ballot. It would ask voters to allow the district to sell nearly $140-million in bonds to help fund the plan.

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Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation requiring all college dorms and residence halls in Illinois to install sprinklers by 2013.  The measure toughens past legislation by instituting stricter penalties for colleges that don't comply. Certain extensions may be available through 2014.

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Study points to rental and e-book offerings and more

A new study says the increasing availability of e-book and rental programs is allowing college students to spend less on textbooks.

The study by OnCampus Research, a division of the National Association of College Stores, says students report spending an estimated $655 annually on required course materials, down from $667 two years ago and $702 four years ago.

Illinois still trying to remove itself from No Child Left Behind

Jul 25, 2012

The state's waiver application has been delayed. In the meantime, Illinois will soon apply for an exemption from the most controversial aspect of the law. 

Tax question awaits Boone County voters

Jul 18, 2012
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Boone County voters will decide this fall on a proposed 1% sales tax increase. The Belvidere school board has approved placing the referendum on the ballot.

State of Illinois

Illinois lawmakers are losing a century-old political perquisite -- the ability to award college scholarships. Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation this morning to end the practice after one last round of awards this summer.

"Instead of scholarships going to those who truly deserve them and who were qualified for scholarships to go to college,” the governor said, “too often the program was abused in a political way."

State reduces funding for NIU

Jul 3, 2012

Illinois' new budget includes a 6% reduction in higher education spending. For Northern Illinois University, that means a cut of more than $6 million.

Illinois' association of regional school superintendents will meet next month. Part of the discussion will include how to move forward on eliminating nine regional offices of education.

The Rockford School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night — without discussion or debate — to lower the property tax rate by 58 cents for next year’s tax bills.

The owner of a $100,000 house could see a 10 percent reduction in his or her property tax bill, at a cost of roughly $9.3 million to the Rockford School District in fiscal 2013.

Governor Pat Quinn has signed a measure that will reduce Illinois' regional offices of education. To avoid elimination, offices must serve at least 61,000 residents. Whiteside County's population is under 59,000.

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