Josh Mika of Naperville wins IU School of Education’s Jacobs Educator Awards

Pride of Public Education

Josh Mika, a teacher and librarian, at Beebe Elementary in Naperville, Ill. Mika has taught in the library and media center for nine years after teaching fourth and fifth grades for eight years. In 2011, he was named an Apple Distinguished Educator ... Read more

In the News ~ Nov. 24

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Judge: Illinois pension overhaul unconstitutional - "I was honestly elated to know that my retirement security was safe for now," said Mike Sayre, a special-education teacher at Crystal Lake Central High School who got notice of the decision through ... Read more

In the News ~ Nov. 21

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Illinois pension case likely headed to high court - A judge’s ruling on the constitutionality of Illinois’ landmark pension overhaul could determine how quickly the matter goes before the state Supreme Court. Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Belz ... Read more

In the News ~ Nov. 19

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Hints of strike dominate school board meeting - Usual business took a back seat to teetering teacher contract negotiations at Tuesday night’s Murphysboro CUSD #186 school board meeting. Members of the Murphysboro Education Association picketed ... Read more

In the News ~ Nov. 18

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Report card: Illinois schools in the hole as spending rises - Illinois school districts ended up nearly $1 billion in the hole in 2013, dipping into reserves or borrowing to pay the bills, according to the latest finance data, painting a grim picture ... Read more

In the News ~ Nov. 17

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Illinois schools look ahead to new state assessment tests - School districts in the Illinois Quad-Cities are saying goodbye to one state standardized test and hello to a new one this spring. State education officials say the Partnership for ... Read more

In the News ~ Nov. 14

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School calendar still sore spot - District 205 officials and leaders of the Galesburg Education Association met Thursday night to answer questions related to the teachers' strike earlier this year. “We’re holding tonight’s roundtable discussion in an ... Read more

In the News ~ Nov. 13

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District 87 teachers speak out at board meeting - Several teachers spoke at Wednesday night's District 87 Board meeting, as frustrations continue to grow over contract negotiations. Talks have been ongoing between district teachers and the school ... Read more

American Education Week Nov. 16 – 22


American Education Week — Nov. 16-22 — presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. The weeklong ... Read more

In the News ~ Nov. 7

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Teachers in Mundelein District 75 to get 15 percent raises - The pay scale for teachers in Mundelein School District 75 will increase by 15.3 percent over the next three years, with half of that increase coming immediately. The pay increase comes ... Read more

In the News ~ Nov. 6

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Area schools' technology programs nationally recognized - Sarah Beard's students took solving a puzzle cube to a whole new level. They went beyond its pieces to its makeup. The New Berlin High School students were more interested in what made the ... Read more

Statement from IEA President Cinda Klickna on Tuesday’s election


I would like to thank all of our members who worked so hard during this year's election. Your work has been outstanding.  This afternoon, we called Governor-elect Rauner and congratulated him on his hard-fought victory.  There is no task ... Read more

In the News ~ Nov. 5

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Meridian Schools referendum passes, sports coming back - With all of the votes counted in Ogle County, the Meridian Community Unit School District referendum passed with 57 percent of the vote. Failure of the referendum could have meant the end of ... Read more

In the News ~ Nov. 4

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Quinn, Durbin make final election stop in QC - Cinda Klickna, president of the Illinois Education Association, told the crowd that Rauner wants to cut millions from schools, which would lead to layoffs ...   Illinois governor candidates ... Read more

In the News ~ Nov. 3

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As Illinois's public education system undergoes overhaul, focus shifts from old guidelines to what's coming - Mrs. Hoffmans classroom at Norwood Elementary School is buzzing with sound. The sound of small groups of students reading to each other. ... Read more

In the News ~ Oct. 31

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State officials: No more 'failing' schools this year - 2014 Illinois Report Card highlights •Average ISAT growth scores in reading decreased from 102.1 in 2013 to 99.4, and math increased from 101.4 in 2013 to 102.9. •54.3 percent of students ... Read more

In the News ~ Oct. 29

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Mundelein waits as teachers set to vote on tentative agreement - Teachers voted 122-13 to strike on Sept. 24, though the process was never started, then came out firing at an Oct. 20 Board of Education meeting. Now teachers are expected to vote on a ... Read more

In the News ~ Oct. 27

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Negotiations To Resume As Waukegan Teachers' Strike Continues - Negotiators return to the table at 10 a.m. Monday in search of a breakthrough in the strike by teachers in Waukegan District 60. Classes remain cancelled. Each side is hoping for big ... Read more

In the News ~ Oct. 24

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Waukegan Schools Won't Open Immediately, Even If Teachers Strike Ends ... CBS Local - ‎ Oct 24, 2014‎ Negotiations between the district and teachers adjourned 9 p.m. Thursday and were expected to resume at 10 a.m. Friday. “Today's 11 hour ... Read more

In the News ~ Oct. 23

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Skokie school remains closed as police continue threat investigation - A Skokie middle school will remain closed for a second day as authorities investigate a series of threatening Instagram posts delivered to sixth-grade students. Messages on the ... Read more