In the News ~ April 15

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District 150 to vote on layoffs of about 200 workers, more than three-fourths of them are teachers Peoria School District 150 board members will vote on laying off about 200 full- and part-time employees, more than three-fourths of them teachers, ... Read more

Quinn and Rauner to meet at IEA RA April 11


MEDIA ALERT - Candidates for Illinois governor to meet at IEA Representative Assembly Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and businessman Bruce Rauner, his opponent in the November election for governor, will make their first joint appearance on Friday, April ... Read more

In the News ~ April 8

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Charter School Parents, Students To Lobby State Lawmakers (Chicago WBBM 780 Radio © 04/08/2014) CHICAGO (CBS) Students and parents from Chicago charter schools boarded two dozen busses Tuesday morning for a trip to Springfield to lobby lawmakers ... Read more

Cooking Science at Monticello Middle School


SCORE Grant Update A Monticello teacher started a science club that focuses on baking to help the students understand that science plays a role in real life. The food they make is then shared with first graders at neighboring schools and with ... Read more

Math Matinee at Thornwood High School


SCORE Grant Update On March 19, students at Thornwood High School hosted a day to celebrate math for junior high school students at feeder schools. The students were able to do math-related experiments, participate in hands-on projects and use ... Read more

SCORE Grant helps the Lunch Buddy Program


SCORE Grant Update Once a week, Illinois Wesleyan University track and cross country team members go to Sheridan School to eat lunch with a group of fourth grade students, plan activities with them and play during the lunch hour. The students are ... Read more

In the News ~ April 7

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School aid formula should return to roots (Quad Cities Dispatch Argus Leader © 04/07/2014) Over the past two decades, the state school aid formula for local schools in Illinois has gotten away from its roots of trying to reduce the gap in total ... Read more

In the News ~ April 4

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New teacher licensing system full of glitches, hitches Chicago Tribune-April 4, 2014 Just hours after the state launched a new, multimillion-dollar teacher licensing system last year, an educator logging in was shocked to find ... Read more

In the News ~ April 2

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Illinois To Get $22 Million In Federal 'School Improvement' Grants Progress Illinois-April 2, 2014 Illinois is set to get a $22 million pot of grant money from the U.S. Department of Education to “continue efforts to turn around … ... Read more

In the News ~ March 31

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OTHS board defends decisions (Streator Times-Press © 03/29/2014) Despite student protests and community outcry, the Ottawa Township High School Board of Education is not changing its mind about cutting the building trades program. Facing a $3 ... Read more

In the News ~ March 28

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FRENCH: Reconsider building trades decision (Streator Times-Press © 03/28/2014) To the Editor: Dear Charles Stanley, I was directed to your article about the building trades program at Ottawa Township High School from the Illinois Education ... Read more

In the News ~ March 27

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'Dirty Jobs' star salutes Ottawa building trades LaSalle News Tribune – March 27, 2014 – OTTAWA — Mike Rowe of the television show “Dirty Jobs” posted on his foundation's Web site Tuesday a video dedicated to the students who protested the ... Read more

In the News ~ March 26

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Grant Middle School workbook's gun-rights description has some up in arms The State Journal-Register - ‎Mar 25, 2014‎ A workbook used by students at Grant Middle School that has generated controversy among gun-rights supporters has no ... Read more

In the News ~ March 25

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Students rally to save school programs (Champaign WCIA (CBS) 3 © 03/25/2014) Students rallied around their teachers. They were fighting to save the agriculture program at their school. Concerned community members packed the school's library last ... Read more

In the News ~ March 21

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Teutopolis board, teachers reach agreement (Effingham Daily News © 03/21/2014) EFFINGHAM Unit 50 Board of Education and the Teutopolis Education Association teachers union reached a last-minute agreement Thursday evening keeping schools open ... Read more

In the News ~ March 20

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  Chicagoland Episode 3 Trailer  CNN   CNN's 'Chicagoland' has real trauma, passion, in a real ER  Hot time, summer in the city, and the third episode of "Chicagoland" is filled with fireworks of all sorts. For those of you who like and ... Read more

In the News ~ March 19

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Bruce Rauner and unions tangle before primary vote (Moline WQAD (ABC) 8 © 03/18/2014) Some two dozen union members lined up outside John Deere Pavilion on Monday morning. They brought signs to protest Bruce Rauner. Rauner is the wealthy ... Read more

In the News ~ March 18

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North Boone OKs teacher pact, then fires 14 (Rockford Register Star © 03/18/2014) The North Boone School Board voted 6-0 to approve a four-year contract with its teachers union Monday night, and then proceeded to fire 14 teachers district wide ... Read more

In the News ~ March 17

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Editorial: Lawmakers obligated to address school funding issue (Bloomington Pantagraph © 03/16/2014) The Illinois State Board of Education believes the state's public schools will need nearly $1 billion more in next year's budget to shore up ... Read more

In the News ~ March 13

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CNN's 'Chicagoland' balances Blackhawks joy with violence fears Chicago Tribune – March 13, 2014 The joyous Blackhawks run to the cup, culminating in that sun-splashed Grant Park party, takes center stage Thursday night (and in repeats). But it ... Read more