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  • 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.

  • District 76 school board opening: Sep 5, 2014 4:45 PM
    Diamond Lake District 76 is looking for candidates to fill a vacancy on the school board with the recent resignation of Tania Rodriguez due to a change in residency.

  • State funding talks: 16 suburban school districts would lose 70%+ Sep 5, 2014 10:44 PM
    A number of top Democratic House lawmakers have been quietly meeting to discuss a proposed overhaul of Illinois’ dated school funding formula, which, if approved, would direct more state money to poorer rural districts at the expense of wealthier suburban districts. School districts like Leyden, West Chicago, Carol Stream and Schaumburg would lose nearly 80 percent or more; Elgin's U-46 would gain.

  • No cell towers at Dist. 203 schools Sep 4, 2014 5:24 PM
    Cellphone towers will not be coming to the properties of two junior high schools in Naperville Unit District 203 any time soon. A proposal from AT&T to install towers at Kennedy and Lincoln junior highs is off the table, officials said Thursday. “Our superintendent will always bring alternative revenue sources to the board that he thinks are viable for our community, but at this point in time, the junior high proposal through AT&T is off the table,” District 203 school board President Jackie Romberg said Thursday.

  • Progress cited in contract talks for Mundelein District 75 teachers Sep 4, 2014 9:50 PM
    Teachers and officials in Mundelein Elementary District 75 say they are close to a contract agreement. Talks have been ongoing since the beginning of the year and in June were referred to mediation. The contract ended June 30. "We hope to come to an agreement soon," said school board member Wells Frice.

  • ‘Fill the Drums’ event: Sep 4, 2014 5:33 PM
    Woodland Elementary District 50’s Middle School Marching Wildcats band will join forces with the Warren Township High School Marching Blue Devils and the Viking Middle School band to perform their marching routine in exhibition style at 7 p.m., Sept. 9.

  • Dist. 62 Foundation reports at school board meeting Sep 3, 2014 3:27 PM
    Des Plaines Elementary School District 62 Foundation officers Susie Adams and Julie Luck Jensen reviewed the grants that were funded during the 2013-2014 school year and presented the goals for the 2014-2015 school year at a recent school board meeting.

  • U-46 still filling administrative, support staff vacancies Sep 3, 2014 5:28 AM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 officials are still interviewing candidates to fill a few administrative vacancies, including a fine arts coordinator and special education director. While more than 130 new teachers were hired this school year, the district still needs dozens of support staff a week after the start of classes. The goal is to fill the vacancies by month end.

  • Free cardiac screenings are saving young lives Sep 3, 2014 1:01 PM
    Elgin High School Principal Jerry Cook is on a mission to ensure all 2,500 Elgin High students have an opportunity to be screened for signs of heart problems this month. “We’re very excited to bring the Young Hearts for Life electrocardiogram screening to all students,” says Cook.

  • Editorial: The shift to a school calendar that makes sense Sep 2, 2014 1:01 AM
    In an editorial, the Daily Herald says the shift to an academic calendar that ends first semester before winter break makes sense and should be implemented at all high schools.

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