Starting March 4th, Illinois public school students will sharpen their number 2 pencils for this year’s round of standardized testing known as the ISATs. Meanwhile, school districts are warning parents that kids aren’t expected to score as highly as last year, under new higher standards.
Northern Illinois University President John Peters stayed in his position at the school longer than he had planned so he could reach this day: the fifth anniversary of the shooting in Cole Hall, where five students were killed and 21 others were injured.
Augustana College will now allow same-gender weddings and "blessings of unions" on campus. President Steven Bahls notified faculty, staff and students of the decision to allow same-sex ceremonies after a recommendation from campus chaplains Richard Priggie and Kristen Glass Perez.
The school, located in Rock Island, Ill., is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), which issued its Statement on Sexuality in 2009, leaving decisions on same-sex ceremonies up to individual congregations.