Education

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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Summer Construction Complete
2:24 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

West Prairie Starts School Year With New Roof

West Prairie High School prior to new roof construction.
Credit TSPR's Rich Egger

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

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Ballot Question
9:25 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Constitutional Amendment On Teacher Evaluation Approved For November Ballot

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 12:10 am

(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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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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