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  • Constable: A happy time — with a side of sadness Sep 11, 2014 5:30 AM
    The family moments are a little forced, but the sentiments behind them are painfully real. As we drop off our 18-year-old twin sons at college, my wife and I realize our family will never by the same.

     
  • To students today, 9/11 is like ancient history Sep 11, 2014 9:50 AM
    Fremd High School social studies teacher Jason Spoor-Harvey was leading classes on Sept. 11, 2001, and he could see the shock and changed perspectives of the students he had that day. “We’re no longer the country that’s never been attacked,” he said. Today, Spoor-Harvey no longer teaches students with firsthand experience of the emotional impact of that terrible day — and the difference is palpable.

     
  • District 211 announces ‘Those Who Excel’ candidates Sep 10, 2014 5:13 PM
    Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 is poised to be well represented among recipients in the Illinois State Board of Education’s 2014-2015 “Those Who Excel” education awards program.

     
  • Frassati Catholic Academy hosts Italian visitors Sep 10, 2014 5:33 PM
    A large group of students, parents and teachers from Italy were greeted by a warm smile and a handshake from Rev. Ron Lewinski as they stepped off the bus at Frassati Catholic Academy in Wauconda on Wednesday.

     
  • Grant High receives $25,500 grant from Discover Financial Sep 10, 2014 6:45 PM
    Grant High School received a $25,500 grant from the Discover Financial Services to augment financial education. The money will be used for equipment, including 30 iPads, teacher training and applications.

     
  • Waubonsee has bright visions for the future Sep 9, 2014 1:01 AM
    In early 2015, Waubonsee Community College will fulfill the final commitments of its 2020 College Master Plan. And in two years, it will celebrate 50 years of outstanding accomplishments. We hope all of you will join in our celebration of these two milestones.

     
  • Professor demands U of I job Sep 9, 2014 7:16 PM
    A professor who lost a job offer from the University of Illinois over dozens of sometimes-profane Twitter messages that critics deemed anti-Semitic demanded Tuesday that he be given the position and threatened to take legal action otherwise.

     
  • U of I at Springfield enrollment at a high Sep 9, 2014 5:25 PM
    Enrollment at the University of Illinois Springfield has surpassed 5,400 for the first time in the school’s history, officials said.

     
  • U-46 seeks volunteers for advisory council Sep 9, 2014 1:01 AM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 is seeking parent and community volunteers to serve on the Citizens’ Advisory Council. For more than 50 years, the council has served in an advisory capacity helping the U-46 school board and administration review policies and programs.

     
  • Wheeling teacher plays key role in bilingual education Sep 8, 2014 10:51 AM
    Children born to non-English speaking parents living in America have the added challenge of mastering a new language in addition to everything else they need to learn in elementary school. These are the children that Laurie Mason loves to teach. “She just puts 110 percent into everything she does,” colleague Jennifer Costa said.

     
  • Brainerd Building demolition set for November Sep 8, 2014 7:51 PM
    Despite concerns about the company’s work history, the Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 board on Monday hired a firm to knock down the Brainerd Building and Jackson Gym.

     
  • District 54 hosts STEM night Sept. 16 Sep 8, 2014 12:52 PM
    Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54’s Schaumburg Parent University is hosting STEM Family Fun Night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 at the new Early Learning Center, 520 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg. Students in early childhood through eighth grade are invited to attend with their parents to discover how science, technology, engineering and math are used to build towers, bridges and boats.

     
  • Rauner’s ed plan focused on teachers, funding Sep 8, 2014 4:33 PM
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner outlined an education reform plan Monday that touched on teacher merit pay, overhauling tenure and changing the state’s school funding formal, but the proposal didn’t contain specifics on what exactly he would change or how he would accomplish them.

     
  • Rauner’s plan would change education funding formula Sep 8, 2014 6:40 PM
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner outlined an education reform plan Monday that touched on teacher merit pay, overhauling tenure and changing the state’s school funding formula, but the proposal didn’t contain specifics on what exactly he would change or how he would accomplish his goals.

     
  • CLC, NIU strike transfer deal Sep 7, 2014 4:30 PM
    Eligible students who leave College of Lake County before receiving an associate degree won’t lose out if they attend Northern Illinois University, under an agreement struck Friday.

     
  • Hartstein, Oakton Community College pioneer, dies Sep 7, 2014 7:47 PM
    Ray Hartstein, founding chairman of the Oakton Community College board and a member for 35 years, died peacefully Sunday at his Vernon Hills home at 96. Hartstein, for whom Oakton’s eastern campus was named, was surrounded by family, said his son, former Buffalo Grove Village President Elliott Hartstein.

     
  • High School shop-class graduates out-earn peers Sep 7, 2014 7:35 AM
    Two years out of high school, Evan Fischbach is earning $40,000 a year. His secret: shop class. “Friends weren’t interested in auto shop when I suggested it, and now I think they wished they had tried it,” said Fischbach, who works at the LaFontaine Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership. “I’m not rich, but I’m not hurting, either.”

     
  • U-46 officials projecting higher revenues, expenses Sep 7, 2014 7:50 AM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 is projecting $20 million more in revenues in fiscal year 2015, and a rise in expenditures by $13 million, officials said this week. The district’s administration is proposing a $488 million budget of expenditures for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Revenues are anticipated at $487.7 million, essentially making it a balanced budget. A public hearing on the proposed budget is planned for 7 p.m. Sept. 15 before the regular school board meeting. The board is expected to adopt the budget Sept. 29.

     
  • 4 suburban students’ film on toddler with cancer headed to NYC Sep 6, 2014 7:30 AM
    Four South Elgin High School seniors are finalists in the All American High School Film Festival in New York City next month. The students produced a seven-minute film, “All About M.E.,” about Matthew Erickson, a 2-year-old boy who was born with brain cancer. “(The film) was a huge deal and it was really cool, but we didn’t expect anything out of this project when we did it,” Cosette Teschke said.

     
  • Educator’s tips for parents on ‘the talk’ Sep 6, 2014 6:01 AM
    One of the first things Al Vernacchio does in his high school Sexuality and Society class is stand at a podium in a sweater vest and tie surrounded by a wall packed with slogans: RESIST HOMOPHOBIA. FIGHT SEXISM. ENJOY LIFE. What he doesn’t do: pass around anatomy drawings or hand out safe sex pamphlets, though he makes those available near the door.

     
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