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

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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. 

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

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

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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.

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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.

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.

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