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  • U of I speeding up search for new president Jul 12, 2014 4:40 PM
    University of Illinois officials are speeding up the search for a new president, saying they now hope to select someone before Thanksgiving.

     
  • New law to help students with dyslexia Jul 12, 2014 4:46 PM
    A new Illinois law aims to help dyslexic students by training educators on how to better identify and teach young people with the learning disability. The measure signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn on Saturday entitles dyslexic students to special education services.

     
  • Cupcakes or quinoa? How several school districts regulate snacks Jul 12, 2014 8:00 AM
    Jennifer Nickels’ complaints about a teacher rewarding her 7-year-old daughter and other Dundee Highlands Elementary School students with candy prompted a schoolwide survey to parents, who were fine with the sweets. Meanwhile, policies about candy and other treats doled out during the school day vary across the suburbs. “It’s the cupcake and quinoa wars,” Margaret Van Duch of Mundelein's Fremont District 79 said.

     
  • NIU forms sex assault task force Jul 11, 2014 4:20 PM
    Northern Illinois University has formed a task force to implement White House recommendations on sexual assault prevention. There were 11 forcible sexual assaults at the DeKalb campus in 2012, up from six in 2011, according to university data.

     
  • CLC golf fundraiser results: Jul 10, 2014 6:02 PM
    The College of Lake County Foundation’s annual Joan Legat Memorial Golf Outing, held June 9 at the Glen Flora Country Club in Waukegan, raised more than $30,000 for the scholarship fund, according to Karen Schmidt, the Foundation’s executive director.

     
  • Illinois manages to send schools’ checks on time Jul 9, 2014 4:56 PM
    Illinois schools have received promised grant payments from the state on time for the first time since 2007 — but in another sign of the state’s precarious financial situation, a top education official has warned schools not to expect the pleasant surprise to become a permanent habit.

     
  • U-46 seeks bilingual, special education teachers Jul 9, 2014 4:31 PM
    Bilingual and special education teachers are in demand at Elgin Area School District U-46. The state’s second-largest school district with more than 40,000 students is hosting a job fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The district specifically is seeking English Language Learner-certified bilingual teachers for prekindergarten and kindergarten through 12th grades, as well as bilingual special education teachers.

     
  • DuPage County Board approves heroin programming for schools Jul 9, 2014 5:35 AM
    This fall, students at a dozen schools in DuPage County will learn about the dangers of heroin through a program started by the Robert Crown Centers for Health Education. DuPage County board members unanimously approved a nearly $68,000 contract Tuesday morning with Robert Crown to provide the opioid prevention education. The money to pay for the programming is coming from the $100,000 the board set aside to create a public education campaign in response to the record number of heroin deaths last year.

     
  • SIU names acting Carbondale chancellor Jul 8, 2014 5:27 PM
    Southern Illinois University has named Paul Sarvela as acting chancellor of its Carbondale campus.

     
  • Harper debuting programs at Prospect Heights branch Jul 8, 2014 12:49 PM
    Harper College will host a pair of informational sessions this month at its newly renovated Prospect Heights facility. The Learning and Career Center will debut new programs addressing unemployment in the Prospect Heights-Wheeling area.

     
  • Harper College budget adjusts spending with enrollment dip Jul 8, 2014 7:03 PM
    Harper College has prepared a 2015 balanced budget that calls for a slight decrease in educational spending after declining enrollment last year. The number of students taking credit courses fell 3.2 percent, following a statewide trend, officials say.

     
  • Junior sleuths hard at work at McHenry County College Jul 9, 2014 4:51 PM
    CSI campers worked on analyzing fingerprints and hair strands as part of the Introduction to Forensics and Biometics class this week at McHenry County College. More than 100 students in grades one through nine are participating in MCC’s Kids and College summer STEM program and a Summer Academy program.

     
  • Hoffman Estates schools ranked 7th in nation by real estate blog Jul 7, 2014 5:10 PM
    Hoffman Estates schools were ranked seventh in a nationwide small city education study posted in June by Movoto Real Estate, a national brokerage blog. The study weighed factors such as student-teacher ratio and graduation rates.

     
  • DuPage taking fight against heroin to schools Jul 7, 2014 4:29 PM
    DuPage County Board members are expected to approve a plan to pay $67,746 to Robert Crown Centers for Health Education to offer a comprehensive heroin prevention program at local middle and high schools.

     
  • South Elgin man leads effort to rebuild Myanmar universities Jul 7, 2014 7:49 PM
    Watching students at a Myanmar university learn by rote and seeing a chemistry lab with no equipment was a stark reminder that the nation is still emerging from a half century of military rule, said Chris McCord. “That was to me a very evocative moment,” said the South Elgin resident who is leading an effort by faculty at Northern Illinois University to work with universities in Myanmar (formerly Burma) exchanging information and expertise.

     
  • Hanover Township opens up clinic for back-to-school physicals, immunizations Jul 3, 2014 1:01 AM
    Hanover Township will hold back-to-school physicals and dental screenings as part of a summer-long program. The Office of Community Health will bring the clinic to three township sites in Bartlett, Elgin and Hanover Park.

     
  • District 200 hopes to have new superintendent by mid-August Jul 3, 2014 9:28 AM
    The search for a new superintendent in Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 has been narrowed to about four candidates, school board President Barbara Intihar says. Since Brian Harris stepped down from the position in late May, the board has conducted initial screening interviews with at least eight candidates, Intihar said. All but one was recommended to the board by Harris.

     
  • District 204 names three new principals Jul 3, 2014 9:22 AM
    New principals stepped into their new posts this week at two middle schools and an elementary school in Indian Prairie Unit District 204. The top administrators started July 1 at Granger and Scullen middle schools as well as McCarty Elementary School in the district that serves parts of Naperville, Aurora, Bolingbrook and Plainfield.

     
  • Dist. 300 ensemble books parade gig Jul 2, 2014 2:05 PM
    The Dundee Middle School Street Ensemble in which kids learn music by beating garbage cans, paint buckets, metal chairs, pots and pans and the like, has booked a parade gig at Sleepy Hollow’s Fourth of July Celebration. The parade steps off at 11:30 a.m. What’s special about the ensemble is it's open to any student, regardless of musical ability or knowledge, according to an email from Matthew Bishop, the ensemble’s director and the school’s music teacher.

     
  • Email prompts Quinn to withhold $20 million in funding for COD Jul 3, 2014 8:54 AM
    The College of DuPage won't receive a $20 million state construction grant now that Gov. Pat Quinn has seen an email detailing President Robert Breuder's strategy to secure the long-promised funding for the Glen Ellyn school. “The tactics used by the president in his email” convinced the governor not to release the $20 million the school hoped to use for a Teaching and Learning Center, a Quinn spokesman said Wednesday.

     
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