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  • SIU hoping enrollment doesn’t fall again this year Sep 1, 2014 9:38 AM
    Officials at Southern Illinois University say they’re “guardedly optimistic” new figures will show an end to a trend of dropping enrollments. The Southern Illinoisan reports ( that official enrollment numbers for the Carbondale school are expected to be released on Tuesday. The school has seen its student body drop from about 21,600 to just less than 18,000 since 2004. That’s a 16.8 percent fall. Figures show that just 60.8 percent of SIU’s 2012 freshmen class stayed or came back for their sophomore year. Interim Provost Susan Ford says “that’s not a good number.” The school created a retention task force two years ago to address the problem. Members put together a plan that was initiated in January. It includes mentoring, accountability and curriculum efforts. ——— Information from: Southern Illinoisan,

  • Retired teachers luncheon, meeting: Sep 1, 2014 4:30 PM
    The Lake County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Lambs Farm restaurant at Route 176 and the Tri-State Tollway near Libertyville.

  • Mount Prospect teacher honored at MLB All-Star Game Sep 1, 2014 1:01 AM
    Regina Kinasz, a math teacher at St. Emily School in Mount Prospect, was showcased in July as one of 30 All-Star teachers at the All-Star game in Minneapolis. It is part of a new program designed to honor teachers and promote the importance of education. “We were treated like royalty," she said.

  • Mundelein High students using laptops in all classes for new tech initiative Aug 31, 2014 6:43 AM
    Starting this school year, all 2,110 Mundelein High students have personal laptop computers to use on campus, at home or wherever they choose to do schoolwork. Many students are excited about the new tech, saying they help them stay organized and learn better, while some experts doubt their effectiveness.

  • District 214 considers building community help center Aug 31, 2014 6:42 AM
    One of the projects included in a proposed $45 million worth of capital projects is an idea to work with a church next door to the District 214 administrative office to build a warehouselike community closet that can be used as a food pantry/clothes closet for the needy in the community. Students from all six high schools would go there for community service hours. “We view it as a win for everyone,” Superintendent David Schuler said.

  • Obama college ratings drive wedge as state schools show support Aug 31, 2014 6:53 AM
    State universities are backing President Barack Obama’s proposed score card for U.S. colleges in the hope it will steer more federal aid to them and away from underperforming for-profit institutions. “Student aid won’t be around in 10 years if we don’t do something to distinguish the good guys from bad guys,” said King Alexander, president of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

  • More schools are mixing beer, football at stadiums Aug 30, 2014 7:33 AM
    Walk through the tailgate area at a college football stadium, and beer drinking is as common a sight as fans adorned in jerseys of their favorite players. A growing number of schools are bringing the party inside, opening taps in concourses that traditionally have been alcohol-free zones.

  • Get a glimpse of health care careers at Oakton Aug 29, 2014 11:05 AM
    Health care careers are hot. Take your first step toward a thriving profession by attending free information sessions at Oakton Community College’s Des Plaines campus. College faculty will be on hand to discuss course requirements and industry trends as well as to spotlight degree and certificate programs.

  • Retired teachers luncheon, meeting: Aug 29, 2014 5:11 PM
    The Lake County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Lambs Farm restaurant at Route 176 and the Tri-State Tollway near Libertyville.

  • U of I under scrutiny over rescinding job offer Aug 29, 2014 4:52 PM
    The University of Illinois is facing scrutiny from some of its faculty, other academics and students over its decision to rescind a job offer to a professor after his prolific, sometimes profane use of Twitter to voice anger at Israel.

  • U-46 says goodbye to Torres Aug 29, 2014 6:45 PM
    It was the official send off Friday for Superintendent Jose Torres, who is leaving Elgin Area School District U-46 to take over at the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora. Members of the school community waited in line to talk to Torres and send him off with their best.

  • Mass dousing at Streamwood High School Aug 29, 2014 5:53 PM
    About 400 Streamwood High School students and teachers were doused by Streamwood firefighters in ladder trucks Friday as they accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge issued to them by Principal Terri Lozier.

  • Tighter school security part of District 214 project proposal Aug 29, 2014 10:12 AM
    Four schools in Northwest Suburban High School District 214 would get upgraded security systems over the next few years as part of the $45 million capital project program the school board is mulling. Officials say the vestibules will put another barrier between a possible intruder and students.

  • State seeks to revamp arts, social studies standards Aug 28, 2014 12:14 PM
    State education officials are seeking to revise standards for arts and social studies to improve students’ college and career readiness. This latest review follows the Illinois State Board of Education’s implementation of new learning benchmarks for mathematics, English language arts, physical education and science. “It’s essential to review our learning standards to ensure they are up to date, rigorous and relevant to what students need to be ready to succeed in college and careers,” State Superintendent of Education Christopher Koch said.

  • Chicago schools getting $10 million for Safe Passage Aug 28, 2014 5:05 PM
    A school safety program beefed up after dozens of Chicago schools were closed last year will get a $10 million infusion from the state of Illinois for further expansion, Gov. Pat Quinn announced Thursday.

  • District 54 opens new Early Learning Center Aug 28, 2014 9:42 PM
    Young children, their families and teachers were on hand for Thursday’s official opening of Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54’s new Early Learning Center in Schaumburg. A few of the new students even took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new, $19.5 million facility, built with district reserve funds.

  • District 214 might give taxpayers a rebate in 2016 Aug 27, 2014 5:10 AM
    Northwest Suburban High School District 214 has proposed spending $45 million in excess reserve funds on capital projects at its six high schools over three years, but officials said there still may be cash available for taxpayers to get some of their money back — in 2016.

  • AP: Jindal sues feds over Common Core Aug 27, 2014 11:07 AM
    Gov. Bobby Jindal filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards.

  • Grayslake preschool screening: Aug 27, 2014 4:58 PM
    Grayslake Elementary District 46 offers periodic screenings for 3- to 5-year-olds for entrance into the district preschool program.

  • Kaneland interim superintendent hired Monday quits Aug 27, 2014 10:47 AM
    The interim superintendent the Kaneland school board hired Monday is quitting. School board President Cheryl Krauspe confirmed Wednesday that Ken Sorrick has submitted a letter of resignation. She said, via email, that the board will meet Tuesday in closed session to accept the resignation and discuss how to proceed in naming a new interim superintendent.

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