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.
Members of the District 304 Board of Education met with members of the Geneva Education Association and a federal mediator last week. Despite some progress, the Geneva Education Association delivered a Notice of Intent to Strike to Board negotiators. Final offers have been posted on the Illinois Educational Labor Relations website. The earliest date that a strike can occur is Friday, November 9, 2012.