Bill Knight – December 11
1:44 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Teachers Must be Defended


Time magazine recently had a cover story bashing teachers that was not just one-sided, but as misleading as less-respected voices on talk radio and cable TV.

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Election 2014
11:19 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Monmouth-Roseville Makes Case for Tax Rate Increase

Monmouth-Roseville Superintendent Ed Fletcher feels the district has made its case for a tax rate increase in the education fund.
Credit T.J. Carson

Voters will decide whether to grant the Monmouth-Roseville School District a 75-cent tax rate increase for the education fund.  Salaries and most other day-to-day expenses are paid from that fund.

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Election 2014
9:41 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Quinn, Rauner Agree: No To Education Funding Plan

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 8:22 am

Both of the major party candidates for governor say Illinois should put more money into education. But neither are ready to embrace a controversial plan that would change how state money is distributed to schools.

There's been an uproar in some Chicago suburbs lately, over a proposal that's already passed the Illinois Senate. Under it, many districts there would see cuts in state funding, because they're in wealthier areas.

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Colleges Aim to Keep Students SAfe
9:25 am
Tue September 23, 2014

More Campuses "Ready To Respond"

Richland Community College

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 5:42 am

College students are back on campus and classes are underway. Parents at some Illinois schools have extra assurance their kids will be safe when they're at school.

Universities and colleges are often ranked, making "best of" lists for one program or the other. 

But only a couple in Illinois have achieved the designation of becoming a "Ready to Respond" campus -- a title given by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency after the school has met criteria, like developing a violence prevention plan and going through training exercises. 

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100% Proficiency Required
1:19 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

More Iowa Schools "In Need Of Assistance"

Credit / Alberto G

The head of the Iowa Department of Education says the latest list of schools and districts "in need of assistance" shows the need to revamp the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law.

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Will Work Remainder of School Year
3:03 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Galesburg School Superintendent Retiring

Galesburg School Superintendent Bart Arthur (right) after giving a long overdue diploma to Alva Earley this summer.
Credit Evan Temchin/Knox College

Galesburg Community Unit School District #205 will be looking for a new superintendent.

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Demler Exits Race
5:41 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

ROE Candidate Decides Against Running

Voters will see just one name on the ballot for superintendent of a newly created Regional Office of Education in west central Illinois.
Credit Wiki Commons

There is now just one candidate in the election for a newly created office in west central Illinois.

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Senate Bill 16
2:48 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Sullivan and Hammond Support Education Funding Reform

Representative Norine Hammond and Senator John Sullivan speak to McDonough County's Interagency Council.
Credit TSPR's Emily Boyer

Reforming public education funding in Illinois is on the minds of many as students return to school and districts face restrictive budgets. 

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August 21 Commentary
1:08 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Another Attack on Public Education

Bill Knight says a recent court ruling is an attack on public education.
Credit Wiki Commons

A lot of attention is understandably being paid to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent “Harris v. Quinn” ruling.

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Teachers Strike
10:19 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Galesburg Teachers and School Board Meet Again

Credit Cortney Hill / TSPR News

Galesburg teachers and administrators have another negotiation session with a federal mediator this morning.

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