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Education
7:53 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Chief Justice welcomes NIU's new law students

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride speaks to incoming NIU law students
Jacquilyn Stephens WNIJ

Students across Illinois are making their way back to school in the coming weeks. Yesterday, Northern Illinois University’s incoming law students got a special welcome.

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Education
6:27 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Rockford school board approves major facilities upgrade plan

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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Education
9:25 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Area colleges working to comply with sprinkler mandate

capl.washjeff.edu

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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College textbook costs
3:35 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

College students have options to save on books

niu.edu

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.

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Education
5:37 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Illinois still trying to remove itself from No Child Left Behind

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. 

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Education
6:52 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Tax question awaits Boone County voters

District 100

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.

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Education
12:27 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Quinn signs an end to legislative scholarships

Gov. Pat Quinn
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."

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Education
7:12 am
Tue July 3, 2012

State reduces funding for NIU

NIU's director of state and federal relations, Lori Clark

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

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Education
7:45 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Talks begin soon on cutting Illinois' regional offices of education

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.

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Education
2:08 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Rockford Schools vote to cut $9.3 million in property taxes

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.

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