Advance Illinois has issued a "report card" on Illinois' public schools. The advocacy group has a number of suggestions for improvement, but they're not the sort of things that had been getting all the attention in Springfield this year.
Northern Illinois University President John Peters announced during his State of the University address that he will step aside next June. The newly-formed, 28-person search committee met for the first time last week and will formally meet again next month. NIU Faculty Senate President Alan Rosenbaum co-chairs the search committee.
Northern Illinois University has placed its police chief on administrative leave. Chief Donald Grady and Lt. Kartik Ramakrishnan are facing disciplinary proceedings by the university. Deputy Chief of Police Darren Mitchell, a member of the NIU Police Department since 2000 who also serves as executive director of the Office of Emergency Management and Planning, was named Sunday to take command of the 38-member force until an acting chief is named.
The Geneva Education Association and the Geneva Board of Education reached a tentative agreement Monday, November 12 at 12:30 a.m. on a new contract. With this tentative Agreement, school will be in session on Monday, November 12.
Alcohol may be behind the death of a Northern Illinois University freshman. 19-year-old David Bogenberger was found unresponsive in a bed at a fraternity house this morning. He was pronounced dead half an hour later.
George Reid came to the Illinois Board of Higher Education in December 2010. He'd been a top official at a similar agency in Maryland. Less than two years later, Reid says he's resigning for personal reasons.
Illinois students' academic performance fell slightly, at least according to No Child Left Behind standards. 82 percent of Illinois school districts failed to meet what's known as "Adequate Yearly Progress" under the federal No Child Left Behind program.
The Rockford Public School Board has named Ehren Jarrett as its new Superintendent. The board will begin contract negotiations with the possibility of Jarrett assuming his new role July 1, 2013. Interim Superintendent Robert Willis is expected to stay on until then.