Illinois schools

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Officials studying safety in Illinois schools say local authorities should adopt sound existing guidelines for securing the schoolhouse.

They should also build trust in students to come forward with their suspicions, and consult regularly with local police.

The School Security and Standards Task Force issued an interim report to the General Assembly. Members say it’s meant to offer schools a range of the best options for keeping their students safe in the classroom.

The task force put the report together after the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre in Connecticut.

'Disappointing' PARCC Test Scores From Illinois Students

Sep 16, 2015
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The latest statewide tests results show that a vast majority of Illinois high school students are not meeting Common Core standards.

It was revealed today about 37 percent of students passed the Language Arts section. Fewer than 30 percent passed the math portion.

Results are based on the PARCC test, which is different from the old ISAT assessment.

Illinois State Superintendent Tony Smith is working to improve lower-than-average test scores.

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New statistics released by the Illinois State Board of Education show that more than half of Illinois' public school students are low-income.

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The Illinois State Board of Education is warning school districts to prepare to make due with less next fiscal year.

School Referendum Results Mixed

Apr 10, 2013

Voters in several northern Illinois counties were asked to approve sales-tax hikes on Tuesday. The ballot initiatives aimed to bring in more revenue for school districts in need of facility upgrades.

School District Consolidation

Apr 20, 2012

Some northern Illinois school districts are part of voluntary downsizing efforts identified in a commission's report that was issued this week.