Education

Education and learning

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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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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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.

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.

Cents and Sensibility

Apr 25, 2012

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. 

School District Consolidation

Apr 20, 2012

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

District 205 Leader Gets Contract Extension

Apr 11, 2012

 

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

Lottery Dollars for Education

Apr 3, 2012

 

Do schools benefit from increased lottery sales?

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.

Full Story from BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17234033

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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