Education and learning

State Authors Featured On Annual Reading List

Mar 5, 2015

Works by several authors with ties to Illinois are included on the recommended Illinois statewide reading program for 2015.

The Illinois Reading Council on Wednesday named books for everyone from adults to newborn babies. The program is intended to promote reading for people of all ages.

Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football, the Rich Cohen paean to Windy City football at is finest, and Chicago author Scott Turow's Identical are among the six recommendations for adults.

When Gov. Bruce Rauner pledged to increase school funding by $300 million, educators seemed unimpressed.

They’re more excited about House Speaker Michael Madigan’s proposed 3 percent surcharge on income greater than a million dollars. That would provide about a billion dollars to schools.

That move would require a constitutional amendment, but it has gotten backing from a variety of education groups that are often at odds with one another -- teachers unions, school administrators, and everyone in between.

Different states implement Common Core standards in different ways.

Illinois has its own test to determine college readiness, but some parents and teachers are trying to stop it. Critics say it causes problems for students and prevents teaching other subjects.

Illinois students will begin taking the new test -- PARCC, which stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers -- next month. It consists of math and reading exams given to students starting in third grade.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS: as of 5:00 am

Belvidere School District

Creston School District

Harvard School District

Scholarship Applicants Could Get $4,000

Feb 11, 2015

Students living in Winnebago and Boone County can apply for scholarships worth up to $4,000 for college or technical training.

“We believe truly in what Ben Franklin once said, ‘An investment in knowledge pays the best interest’,” said Owen Carter, a community action program coordinator at Rockford Human Services Dept. “We want to encourage educational attainment at all costs, at all levels.”

Buyout Package Is Just The Latest Spending Concern

Feb 10, 2015

The College of DuPage is getting heat about its spending lately. The focus recently has been a $760,000 severance package for the school president.

That payout has taxpayers wondering how the college is spending their money ... and students wondering if that could lead to program cuts and tuition hikes.

When College of DuPage trustees met last month to approve a contract buyout for President Robert Breuder, more than 400 people showed up. And they didn’t come to cheer.

DeKalb School District Gets A Security Upgrade

Feb 4, 2015

DeKalb School District 428 has gone high-tech to help prevent potential security threats. Superintendent Douglas Moeller is confident the new security measure, known as the Raptor System, will be effective to address security risks rapidly.

“It obviously is much more convenient for our families who we do want to be involved in their children’s school experience,” Moeller said. “The old process was time-consuming; and a lot of parents, I think, felt that we were trying to keep them out of schools rather than welcoming them into our schools.”

Strike Suspended At Kishwaukee College: Faculty Contract Still Not Approved

Jan 21, 2015
Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Update: The Kishwaukee College Education Association plans to hold its contract ratification vote starting Jan. 27th over a 24 hour period per the Union bylaws.

The Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees' Special Meeting that had been scheduled for Friday, Jan. 23 has been canceled.  That's according to a news release issued Wednesday morning.


There won’t be a strike at Kishwaukee College Wednesday, but the union representing 81 teachers at the school still has not ratified a contract agreement worked out this week with the administration. 

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

During a closed meeting Thursday, members of the Kishwaukee College Education Association (KCEA) overwhelmingly voted for a work stoppage to begin on Wednesday, January 21st. 

Illinois has a new set of rules for when and how the state can take over failing school districts. It was signed into law Monday by Gov. Pat Quinn before he left office. 

The law, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Heather Steans, re-prioritizes the board’s responsibilities.

“It really is to narrow and make it clear what the criteria are for both intervening in a district -- and exiting.”