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  • Palatine District 15 board, not voters, to choose Bokor’s successor Jan 7, 2015 2:57 PM
    The Palatine Township Elementary District 15 school board next week will begin the process of choosing a new member to complete the term of Richard Bokor, the board’s vice president and former high school teacher who died Sunday from colon cancer. Officials say voters won’t get to elect Bokor’s replacement because his death occurred with fewer than 868 days left in his term.

     
  • The 2014-15 Daily Herald Leadership Team: Meet tomorrow's leaders Jan 7, 2015 3:07 PM
    Zohra Sattar collects school and art supplies for children living in domestic violence shelters. Margaret Andersen co-raised $50,000 to build a boys dormitory at a Ugandan school. Welcome to the 2014-15 Daily Herald Leadership Team, our annual honors for high school students who are making tremendous contributions to their communities, their schools, their churches and even the world.

     
  • Mundelein High hosts fair Jan. 13 for incoming students Jan 7, 2015 1:08 PM
    Mundelein High School will host “2019 Curriculum Night and Activities/Athletic Fair” for incoming freshmen and their parents at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the school. The event will highlight MHS' academic and athletic programs.

     
  • Harper trustees to vote on tuition proposal in February Jan 7, 2015 5:30 AM
    Harper College officials plan to prepare a 2016 budget that closes a modest deficit.Although officials won’t unveil a draft budget until the summer, they are currently forecasting a $252,658 shortfall. It’s an outlook based on several assumptions, including credit-hour enrollment growing .8 percent. “That’s not a hard task for us to take on,” Harper President Ken Ender said of balancing the new budget.

     
  • Barrington Dist. 220 to prep parents for full-day kindergarten Jan 6, 2015 5:30 AM
    Barrington Area Unit School District 220 will host a series of informational sessions for parents of children beginning kindergarten next school year, when a full-day option will be available for the first time. In addition to the full-day kindergarten, which was approved by the school board in November, parents can choose among the Chinese Immersion program, the Spanish Dual-Language Learning program and the half-day kindergarten program.

     
  • MHS to welcome incoming freshmen: Jan 6, 2015 5:02 PM
    Mundelein High School will host “2019 Curriculum Night and Activities/Athletic Fair” for incoming freshmen and their parents Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. at the school at 1350 W. Hawley St.

     
  • Superior schools to keep kid’s book about girl with 2 moms Jan 6, 2015 6:28 AM
    A school board in northwestern Wisconsin has decided not to ban a children’s book about a girl who has gay parents. The Superior School Board voted Monday night to continue allowing “Emma and Meesha My Boy: A Two Mom Story” in district classrooms and libraries. The book tells the story of a little girl who learns how to be nice to her cat with the help of her mothers. WDIO-TV reports only one of the school board members voted in support of the ban because he didn’t think it was appropriate for such young children. The board’s vice president says the book is designed for students in kindergarten to third grade. She says the board can’t remove a book based on a complaint from one parent who finds it offensive.

     
  • Officials approve full-time police in 3 Springfield schools Jan 6, 2015 6:29 AM
    The Springfield School Board has approved the full-time staffing of police officers at the city’s three public high schools. Board members voted unanimously Monday. It will cost more than $115,000 to provide policing at the schools throughout the rest of the school year. Superintendent Jennifer Gill tells The State Journal-Register that the city is helping the school district with the cost. She says the officers will likely start working full time next week. The district had previously hired off-duty officers at $25 per hour before Gill arrived this school year. But the effort to save money often caused spotty police patrolling at the school. A student brought a loaded handgun into Lanphier High School earlier this school year when there wasn’t a police officer on duty.

     
  • Lawmaker wants review of Milwaukee voucher program Jan 5, 2015 6:05 AM
    A Wisconsin lawmaker is calling for a federal review of the longstanding Milwaukee voucher program. Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan has asked the U.S. Government Accountability Office to conduct a study comparing the city’s voucher schools to its public schools. He wrote to an official last month asking the agency to scrutinize the program on areas such as academic achievement, special-education services and accountability practices. Pocan tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he would like to know the strengths and weaknesses of the 24-year-old program since other states are looking to expand their own voucher programs. He says a study makes sense now because voucher and tax-credit scholarship programs have proliferated across the country since 2001, when the agency last reviewed the Milwaukee program.

     
  • Roosevelt will keep more programs at Schaumburg campus Jan 5, 2015 4:36 PM
    While changes are on the way for Roosevelt University’s Schaumburg campus as anticipated, several more academic programs than just the College of Pharmacy will be surviving there after all.Degree programs in biology, business, chemistry and psychology will remain available in Schaumburg, according to university officials.

     
  • Would later start times mean better high school students? Jan 5, 2015 5:19 AM
    Would starting school later in the day help make students more productive and safe? That discussion is taking place in some suburban districts, including those based in Barrington, Elgin and Naperville. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends schools delay start times for middle school and high school students until 8:30 a.m. or later. “If their brain is still sleepy, then it’s much harder for them to be able to pay attention in class," one expert said.

     
  • Buffalo Grove sophomore wins Model United Nations award Jan 2, 2015 12:52 PM
    Sophomore Max Sharipov of Buffalo Grove captured Buffalo Grove High School’s first Model United Nations award earlier this month.

     
  • Wisconsin schools offer alerts via applications Jan 2, 2015 1:55 PM
    Two eastern Wisconsin school districts are offering smartphone applications to keep parents updated about important information and events relevant to students. The apps offered by the North Fond du Lac and Lomira school districts send information about mass weather alerts, student grades, lunch menus, school calendars and more. North Fond du Lac launched its app after Thanksgiving break, while the Lomira app has been available for nearly a year. Jeff Reindl, technology coach at the Lomira School District, said it was the second school district in the state to offer an app. He created the design and coding for the app, which is available through Jostens, the company best known for selling yearbooks and class rings. “We have a staff willing to try new things in the classroom and the app is a unique way to serve our students,” said Reindl, who has also developed apps for use in his U.S. history classes. The app offered by the North Fond du Lac School District is customizable so parents can choose what kind of alerts they receive, Superintendent Aaron Sadoff told The Reporter Media. He said it’s also linked to the school district’s social media accounts. North Fond du Lac parent Robin Maramonte said the app has helped simplify her life by organizing information pertaining to the education of her three children. “The big thing for me is the calendar because all of the school things like meetings, sports events — if the games are home or away — now it’s available at my fingertips, so it’s helped a ton,” she said.

     
  • Meet the CLC professor who uses sci-fi to teach sociology Jan 2, 2015 1:24 PM
    What do William Shatner, Ricardo Montalban, “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” have in common with sociology? They’ve all become important teaching tools in John Tenuto’s classes at College of Lake County. Tenuto uses “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” as pop culture examples to help drive home real-life social issues to his students.

     
  • President of MacMurray College stepping down Jan 2, 2015 5:27 AM
    The first female president in MacMurray College’s 168-year history is stepping down later this year. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that the school’s board chairman announced in a news release this week that Colleen Hester was leaving after eight years as the president of the small liberal arts college in Jacksonville. Hester will continue to lead the college until after the 2015 commencement. Her resignation is effective May 31. The release says the school will immediately begin a national search for a new president.

     
  • How are your schools are performing? The Daily Herald helps you find out Jan 1, 2015 7:30 AM
    For those of us living in the suburbs, there may be no more important local issue than the quality of our schools. But understanding what’s happening in your neighborhood school and local district, and knowing its strengths and weaknesses, isn’t always easy. This is where the Daily Herald can help unlike any other media outlet covering the suburbs.

     
  • Suburban colleges offer unique courses Jan 1, 2015 7:30 AM
    There are no grades, no boring lectures, no buttoned-up professor. Meet the noncredit class at suburban community colleges, where students of all ages learn about their interests and hobbies. The Daily Herald has surfed through the spring semester offerings and picked a few favorites.

     
  • Suburbs abound with sledding, tubing, boarding options Jan 1, 2015 7:30 AM
    Standing 830 feet tall, Mount Hoy in Warrenville might be the top destination in the suburbs for fans of high-speed sled runs downhill, but it's far from the only option. Sledding, tubing and snowboarding options abound.

     
  • In 2015, Illinois to confront daunting issues, divisions Dec 30, 2014 12:47 PM
    Keeping schools and social services funded. Making higher education more affordable. Addressing crowded prisons. Possibly redoing pension reform. As it enters 2015, Illinois faces a list of daunting issues that always seems to grow longer. The Jan. 12 inauguration of a new governor, Republican Bruce Rauner, will bring a new approach and momentary festivity to Springfield, but whether he then can find common ground with Democrats who control the General Assembly is yet another issue to be worked out.

     
  • ‘Failing’ label gone, school improvement work continues Dec 27, 2014 7:46 AM
    No matter how long a school had been deemed “failing” under the No Child Left Behind education act of 2001, it has shed that label now and gained freedom from several mandates. What remains, educators say, at school districts in Elgin, Naperville and Round Lake is a commitment to strategically improving every school — whether it was at one time “failing” or not — and providing each student what he or she needs to grow.

     
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