Education

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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Roxy the Bloodhound
7:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Rescue Dog Boosts Morale at FMHS

Roxy the Bloodhound greeting one of her new friends at Fort Madison High School.
Credit Erin Slifer / FMHS Staff

A bloodhound named Roxy is making her mark at Fort Madison High School.

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Education
6:41 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Senate Approves School Funding Overhaul

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 12:33 am

  The Illinois Senate has passed a plan to overhaul the way schools are funded. But the proposal has a long way to go before becoming law.

After months of negotiations and with just four days left on the General Assembly's spring calendar, the measure was deemed "ready for primetime." The plan would direct state funding to more impoverished schools and divert funding from schools in wealthier areas.

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Education Mandate
10:30 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Illinois High Schools to Teach Defibrillator Use

Credit BrokenSphere / Wikimedia Commons

Students in Illinois will now receive training on a potentially lifesaving device as part of their high school education. One superintendent says it’s the latest in a long line of unfunded mandates.

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