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Rich Egger

Carol Kilver grew up in central Illinois and spent most of her professional career in the region.  So after a couple years of working in Indiana, she jumped at the chance to become the new superintendent of the West Prairie School District.

Rich Egger

Superintendent Mark Twomey said the middle school was combined with the high school about a quarter-century ago with the idea that it was just a temporary fix. So he feels a change is long overdue.

Top officials of the state board of education declined to appear before a House committee yesterday to answer questions about costly perks being paid to the board’s superintendent, Tony Smith. Smith was appointed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, and receives a stipend on top of his $225,000 salary. 


Governor Bruce Rauner has approved the portion of the state budget earmarked for public schools. His move yesterday ensures schools will be able to open on time.

The legislation even increases funding for education by more than $200 million dollars over the previous year. But the new money has strings attached.

Illinois schools will be able to open on time this fall, despite an ongoing budget stalemate at the statehouse.

Schools not having the money to operate had been a worry, given Gov. Bruce Rauner's condemnation of the spending plan passed by Democratic legislators.

It isn't anymore.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Chaddock CEO Debbie Reed said Sunday's groundbreaking for a new school in Quincy was an amazing moment for her organization.  She said many, many people have worked hard to make it a reality.

Southeast Iowa residents might be surprised by their upcoming property tax bills if the state legislature is not able to reach a decision on public education funding.

Rich Egger

A measure of particular interest to many downstate educators is the School Funding Reform Act of 2015.  It’s Senate Bill 1, which means it was the first piece of legislation introduced in the Senate this session.

Rich Egger

An updated strategic plan is close to completion for the district. Superintendent Patrick Twomey said the district has spent about a year-and-a-half working on its vision for "what education can look like here in Macomb."

I am an educator and a parent with daughters in the 7th and 8th grades in the Macomb Public Schools.  Like many others schools - although not all - throughout the nation, Macomb schools will be administering the PARRC exam this month to its students.

Breaking Out of the Testing Trap

Feb 22, 2015

Like many Macomb parents, I’m not pleased with high-stakes testing. 

Dusty Rhodes

Governor Bruce Rauner was scheduled to deliver the keynote address at a meeting of public school leaders Tuesday in Springfield. Instead, he sent his new education czar. 

Rich Egger

The Macomb Board of Education unanimously agreed the nickname “The Bombers” should be use by all schools in the district.

Some Sports Could be Cut in Monmouth-Roseville

Jan 14, 2015
T.J. Carson

The Monmouth-Roseville School District is looking for ways to reduce spending, and the elimination of certain sports programs  is one option under review.

Rich Egger

A couple community college presidents in western Illinois are generally supportive of a proposal from the White House.

teachers.net

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.

Monmouth-Roseville Makes Case for Tax Rate Increase

Oct 29, 2014
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.

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.

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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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.

Galesburg School Superintendent Retiring

Sep 11, 2014
Evan Temchin/Knox College

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

Wiki Commons

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

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. 

Wiki Commons

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

Cortney Hill / TSPR News

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

TSPR's Rich Egger

West Prairie High School students will be learning under a new roof when classes start Wednesday.

(Updated 10:55 a.m., Tues., Aug. 5, with certification for the ballot)

As Missourians prepared to vote on a variety of issues at the August primary Tuesday, the secretary of state's office announced that a constitutional amendment changing how teachers are evaluated will be on the November ballot.

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.

Illinois Making Changes To GED

Jul 22, 2014

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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