Education

Illinois, Missouri Middle of Pack
4:36 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Report: Iowa Outscores Neighbors In Child Well-Being

Percentage of Children Without Health Insurance: 2012
Credit Screen Cap of Kids Count 2014 report / Annie E. Casey Foundation

A children’s advocacy group ranks Iowa third in the nation for child well-being while Illinois and Missouri fall toward the middle of the pack.

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Education Requirements
9:06 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Illinois Making Changes To GED

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 6:11 am

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn recently signed legislation that will remove all references to the GED from Illinois law. It’s part of a much broader change in the education program for people who didn’t finish high school. 

This year the GED more than doubled in price, going from $50 to $120.

It also got a lot harder, based on the new, more rigorous Common Core education standards.

State GED administrator Jennifer Foster, with the Illinois Community College Board, says that’s led to a significant drop in the number of people taking GED tests.

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School Closings for Election Day
11:58 am
Mon July 21, 2014

No School For Kids On Election Day

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 5:26 pm

Illinois students could get a day off of school come election day. Schools are often at the heart of a community, metaphorically, if not literally. That's part of the reason they've long been voting sites.

But with shootings at schools across the country, some lawmakers are concerned the practice is dangerous.

Most of the time visitors need to sign in before entering a school; they say allowing anyone in on election day is asking for trouble.

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School Transfers Law
9:05 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Law Designed To Ease School Transfers For Military Families

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 5:16 am

Children in military families should have an easier time changing schools when their parents transferring in and out of Illinois. 

Last summer, Tom White retired from the U.S. Army and accepted a post teaching military law at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. But instead of moving his family near his work in Illinois, White opted to live in Indiana and commute at least an hour each day.

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Education
1:27 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Carl Sandburg College Children's School Closes

Community kids and students of the Children's School celebrate Ag Day
Credit Carl Sandburg College

The final classes ever have been held at the Carl Sandburg College Children’s School.

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