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  • Waukegan Dist. 60 classes canceled again because of strike Oct 19, 2014 8:38 PM
    Classes are canceled again Monday because of the ongoing strike in Waukegan Unit District 60, which has seen some 1,200 teachers hit the picket lines for more than two weeks. Contract negotiations between the district and union have not resumed since talks broke down last Wednesday.

     
  • Why schools in England are teaching 5-year-olds to code Oct 18, 2014 9:25 PM
    The British government now wants the nation’s kids to not only consume technology but to build it -- instead of just playing computer games, they might create them one day. Like many developed nations, the U.K. is facing a tech-talent crunch, and the radical retooling of its educational system is a recognition that the problem is likely to persist for many years.

     
  • Warren jazz bands perform: Oct 18, 2014 1:01 AM
    Warren Township High School’s jazz bands will perform Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre at the Almond Campus, 34090 Almond Road, Gurnee.

     
  • Wheaton North honors 50 years of tradition Oct 18, 2014 5:51 PM
    Wheaton North High School alumni gathered at the school Saturday morning as part of several events honoring the 50th anniversary of the school. “We had no traditions,” said Roger Heaton, a member of the first Wheaton North graduating class. “There were no trophy cases. There were no trophies. It was an empty school. We were going to try to make Wheaton North the best school in Illinois.”

     
  • College fair at Vernon Hills High for teens with disabilities Oct 17, 2014 7:44 PM
    About 900 teens and parents will converge on Vernon Hills High School next week for a college-planning fair aimed at students with disabilities. The regional event, called Choices, will provide families with information about the college search process, transitioning to college, technology and other important subjects.

     
  • Dist. 211 proposes tax levy for newly uncertain times Oct 17, 2014 12:35 PM
    As uncomfortable as they may have always been for taxpayers, the determination of annual property tax levies probably has become a familiar process for most suburban school districts — until now. But with the potential impacts of pension reform, Senate Bill 16 and other measures that could affect state funding, financial forecasts are being challenged by an unprecedented level of uncertainty, Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 officials say.

     
  • Harper College recognizes Hanover Park mayor, other alumni Oct 17, 2014 4:36 PM
    Harper College will recognize eight alumni for their career and community impact, including Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig. "From the very faculty who taught them to the students learning on the same campus that helped so many alumni get their start, recipients of this award are inspiring others,” Alumni Relations and Special Events Director Fredia Martin said.

     
  • Districts 211, 214 agree to change boundary for Arlington Downs Oct 17, 2014 5:30 AM
    Officials from two Northwest suburban high school districts have agreed to shift attendance boundaries so families who might move into apartments at the former Sheraton hotel site now known as Arlington Downs are not split into separate schools. The boundary dividing Northwest Suburban High School District 214 and Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 now runs directly through the building.

     
  • State report cards coming Oct. 31, with some changes Oct 16, 2014 5:30 AM
    On Oct. 31, the Illinois State Board of Education will release its annual set of data that measures how well students and schools are performing, but several new metrics will help parents and community members better analyze the numbers.

     
  • District 300 festival celebrates cultural diversity Oct 16, 2014 5:30 AM
    Hampshire-based Community Unit School District 300 will host its second Multicultural Festival Sunday at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee. The festival, held in partnership with Dundee Township Park District, will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1072 Spring Hill Mall. It is free and open to the public. Visitors can learn about and experience a diversity of cultures through displays and musical performances, said Nancy Zettler, event co-chairwoman.

     
  • Strike negotiations break down again in Waukegan Oct 16, 2014 7:38 PM
    A strike in Waukegan Unit District 60 will continue into the weekend, now two weeks after some 1,200 teachers hit the picket lines. District officials said that schools would remained closed, after negotiations broke down again Wednesday night.

     
  • Dist. 220 superintendent waging battle against state funding cuts Oct 16, 2014 6:27 PM
    The new superintendent of Barrington Area Unit School District 220 is raising the alarm against a proposed state measure he claims would cost his district more funding than any other in Lake County. Superintendent Brian Harris said the district would lose $5.4 million annually if the measure passes.

     
  • AP Fact Check: Did school funding rise or fall under Quinn? Oct 16, 2014 5:32 PM
    Whether education funding in Illinois rose or fell under Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn depends on whose money you’re talking about, and during what time period. The question has surfaced repeatedly in the heated campaign between Quinn and his challenger, Republican businessman Bruce Rauner.

     
  • Public school demographics changing in Illinois Oct 16, 2014 5:01 PM
    The Illinois State Board of Education released statistics showing that more than half of public school students in the state are considered low-income, and for the first time, less than half of public school students are white.

     
  • Indiana Education Board considering school grade formula Oct 15, 2014 6:15 AM
    The Indiana State Board of Education is set to consider a new school-grading formula and new school grades for the past year.

     
  • Batavia school officials explain referendum plan Oct 15, 2014 3:58 PM
    Questions about whether property taxes would go up, why the district wants artificial turf fields and more were raised Tuesday at a Batavia school district meeting about an advisory referendum on borrowing $15 million for capital projects.

     
  • Woodlands fall concert: Oct 13, 2014 4:09 PM
    The Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart Music Department presents its Cabaret fall concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20.

     
  • State seeks input on revamping social studies standards Oct 13, 2014 7:33 PM
    State education officials are seeking input from students, educators, parents and taxpayers on new civic course requirements and social studies learning standards in Illinois. The Illinois Task Force on Civic Education is hosting a series of public hearings to discuss its recent report submitted to Gov. Pat Quinn and the General Assembly in May. The next hearing is from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15 at Willowbrook High School, 1250 S. Ardmore Ave., Villa Park.

     
  • Black enrollment falls at U of I Oct 13, 2014 5:06 PM
    In 1968, the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign set out to start enrolling 500 new black students every year. According to The News-Gazette in Champaign , the state’s flagship public university hasn’t enrolled that many new black students in six years. This year the figure was 356.

     
  • Teachers union leader Karen Lewis decides against Chicago mayoral bid Oct 14, 2014 11:16 AM
    Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, seen as Mayor Rahm Emanuel's most high-profile re-election challenger, won't run in 2015, a spokeswoman announced Monday.

     
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