Education and learning

Beloit College

They were born in 1996. And now they are filling seats at a college campus near you. Who is the Class of 2018?  

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Rockford is moving forward with a massive 10-year plan to revamp its elementary schools. The School Board approved the 250-million dollar plan last night on a five to one vote, with one abstention.

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A plan to close eight Rockford elementary schools and build two new ones is on its way to a vote by the school board. Last night, the school district held the last of 39 public meetings about the proposal. 

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing two companies for allegedly scamming people with student loan debt.

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State university employees are rushing to retire because of last year’s state pension reform law. Now a new interpretation of that law indicates it may not drastically reduce pension amounts for some retirees  after all.

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Rockford needs fewer, larger elementary schools. More modern classrooms. One early education center for each quadrant of the city. It’s all part of a $250 million plan to improve  every elementary school, except for the 7 to 9 targeted for closing. 

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The Rockford School District is looking at closing seven to nine elementary schools. The district currently has 35. 

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School superintendents in Illinois are getting a chance to weigh in on what could be a huge change in the state’s public school funding formula. 

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After a national search, Rock Valley College has gone in-house for its new president.  The College's Board of Trustees today announced it has selected Michael Mastroianni as RVC's sixth president.  

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School districts are pressing ahead with implementing Common Core education standards. They’re required to start using federal standardized tests next year.