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  • FBI investigating Des Plaines-based charter school groupJun 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Des Plaines-based charter school management company is under federal investigation on allegations of “white-collar” crime, officials said this week. The FBI, U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Communications Commission is investigating Concept Schools, a nonprofit organization that operates 30 college-prep schools in seven states including Illinois, according to published reports.

  • Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 Board of Education President Barbara Intihar, far left, discusses the district's search for a new superintendent Wednesday during a board of education meeting. Brian Harris vacated the position on May 29 to take over as superintendent of Barrington Unit District 220.

    Dist. 200 starts superintendent search, looks for public inputJun 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 board of education is seeking input from the public as the search for the district's next superintendent kicks into full gear. Comments about a "superintendent profile" available on the district's website that lays out the qualities the board is looking for in a superintendent can be sent to As of Wednesday, 15 resumes have been submitted for the position, which was abruptly vacated by Brian Harris on May 29.

  • Quinn signs early education lawJun 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a plan into law that guarantees a higher percentage of state grant money be set aside for early education. The state’s $300 million Early Education Block Grant program is geared toward children up to age 5.

  • A dozen suburban teachers are among 29 educators statewide recognized for being the best in their respective fields for 2013-14 school year.

    State education board recognizes best suburban teachersJun 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    A dozen suburban teachers are among 29 educators statewide recognized for being the best in their respective fields for the 2013-14 school year. The Illinois State Board of Education and the two largest teachers unions presented the educators with awards for their exemplary work in the classroom during a luncheon Wednesday at the governor’s mansion in Springfield.

  • Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep in Waukegan recently had its largest graduating class in the school’s 10-year history, with 83 percent of the students who started as freshmen graduating.

    Cristo Rey St. Martin graduation celebrates ‘firsts’Jun 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    As 60 students marched down the aisle to receive their high school diplomas, Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep in Waukegan celebrated several “firsts.”

  • The Bank of England is testing lenders’ defenses against cyber-attacks by mimicking hackers’ own techniques as online criminals grow more sophisticated.

    Bank of England mimics cybercriminals to test securityJun 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Bank of England is testing lenders’ defenses against cyber-attacks by mimicking hackers’ own techniques as online criminals grow more sophisticated. The BOE will “bring together the best available threat intelligence from government and elsewhere” to improve information sharing and cyber-attack testing, Andrew Gracie, the central bank’s executive director for bank resolution, said.

  • Elk Grove District 59 students getting computers and tabletsJun 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Nearly all students in Elk Grove Township Elementary School District 59 will be getting their own computer devices next school year that officials say will provide opportunities for expanded learning. “It’s deeper, richer learning, not just for the sake of having technology, but how do we prepare our kids to make them successful for whatever path they choose,” said Ben Grey, the district’s chief innovation officer.

  • Rondout Elementary School fourth-grader Gloria Barbosa-Gomez places a newspaper in a time capsule during a ceremony Tuesday. As part of the school’s sesquicentennial celebration, the time capsule included a flash drive, cellphone, newspaper, Post-it’s, a Toobaloo and the school mascot Falcon toy.

    Rondout School celebrates milestone with time capsuleJun 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Rondout Elementary School students watched Tuesday as a time capsule was buried on the last day of classes as part of the school’s sesquicentennial celebration. Teachers and student watched the Rondout time capsule ceremony as the student historical department led the assembly to place items in the long, metal tube that would be used as the capsule celebrating the school’s 150th anniversary.

  • Ken Arndt, retired superintendent of Community Unit District 300, has returned to the district as interim superintendent.

    Retired District 300 superintendent to temporarily run districtJun 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    A familiar face will temporarily run Community Unit District 300 until the superintendent the district hired is certified to work in Illinois. Ken Arndt, the district's superintendent from 2001 until his 2011 retirement, returns as interim superintendent and will make $472 for each day he works.

  • While willing to talk about the tough times that led her to a food pantry, mom and new college graduate Ellen Tucker shares a happy moment with daughters Sydney, 14, and Emma, 11, who has life-threatening disabilities.

    How Hinsdale single mom’s food pantry visit led to college degreeJun 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    A single mom with two daughters, one with life-threatening disablities, Ellen Tucker went to a mobile food pantry in Hinsdale for help. She came home with a meal, a mentor and the help that led her to her college degree, grad school and plans for a career. “I’m in a much better place now than when I met them,” Tucker says of the people she connected with through that trip to the pantry.

  • District 59 is considering building a 55,000-square-foot early childhood center on the east side of Holmes Junior High School in Mount Prospect.

    Early childhood center ‘likely to be a reality’ in District 59 Jun 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 officials have proposed building an early childhood learning center that could open as soon as August 2015. The proposed $14.3 million facility would be built as a 55,000-square-foot addition on the east side of Holmes Junior High School, 1900 Lonnquist Boulevard in Mount Prospect. “In the past we’ve only dreamt about this, and now it’s likely to be a reality,” said Board Vice President Janice Krinsky.

  • Suit filed over Dist. 34 kindergarten feeJun 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    A lawsuit filed against Winfield School District 34 on Monday claims the district’s fee for all-day kindergarten is unconstitutional.

  • A new flag is raised at Pleviak Elementary School in Lake Villa during a ceremony Monday. District 41 officials are closing the school June 30 and leasing the building to Round Lake Area School District 116.

    Last day for 104-year-old Pleviak Elementary School in Lake VillaJun 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Bittersweet was the word of the morning Monday as Lake Villa Elementary District 41 teachers, students, board members and community members celebrated the start of summer break by closing Pleviak Elementary School. “We are all excited about the start of vacation, but today is sad because it’s the day we are closing Pleviak," said Board President Michael Conway.

  • Natalie Saia and Tony Leva team up to teach seventh-grade language arts at Walter Sundling Junior High in Palatine.

    Teachers bring teamwork to Palatine classroomJun 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Natalie Saia and Tony Leva started teaching together this school year, creating a collaborative classroom for students with special needs and ones without them. That atmosphere springs from their own example. Two teachers who treat each other as equals. Two teachers who learn from each other. “Words can't describe how awesome these teachers are,” said Brandyn Manzek, 12.

  • Bob Parks, from left, Andrew Schuetz, Luke Dettlo and Dillon Mugge build a deck for the family of a disabled teen last June in Prestonsburg, Kentucky. High school students from St. Charles Episcopal Church spend a few days each June repairing homes on a mission trip called Mission in the Mountains.

    St. Charles church youth group to repair Kentucky homesJun 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Seven high school students will participate in "Mission in the Mountains," a program that will allow them to travel to Kentucky to help build and repair homes. The students are with the St. Charles Episcopal Church.

  • Daniel Choe, a student in the Maine East High School geo-construction class, uses a saw to trim siding for a new press box at the school’s baseball diamond.

    Maine East students build upon geometry lessonsJun 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Students at Maine East High School who learned all about angles, shapes and theorems in geometry classes this year didn’t have to go far to apply those lessons in a real-world setting. A new two-story press box behind the Park Ridge school’s varsity baseball diamond is the result of a yearlong project by two Maine East geo-construction classes. “They’re getting their mind around real-world things," said teacher Tom Kaiser. "It’s not just naked math.”

  • Kaine Osburn, deputy superintendent in Naperville Unit District 203, explains a test the district will begin conducting next year of how to incorporate student performance into teacher evaluations. About 30 teachers at 12 schools will be participating in the test.

    Test to factor student growth into Dist. 203 teacher reviewsJun 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    A new test is coming for 30 Naperville teachers. They will be evaluated based partially on student growth as Naperville Unit District 203 looks to incorporate pupil performance into educator reviews. "It doesn’t have any ramifications right now other than we want to experiment with it and we want to make sure we get it right,” said Mark Bailey, president of the Naperville Unit Education Association.

  • A team of freshmen from Bartlett High School developed this app, Fittastick, to monitor health and fitness, earning them first place in the state and Midwest region in the 2014 Verizon Innovative App Challenge.

    Bartlett High students’ app now on Google PlayJun 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    A team of six Bartlett High School freshmen has developed an app that allows people to track calories and graph their exercise progress. It earned the school top honors in the 2014 Verizon Innovative App Challenge. Bartlett was among four winning high schools that placed nationally. Its team also earned the titles of best in state and the Midwest region. “The making and designing of the app was a thrilling experience,” said Autumn Chung, 15.

  • D303 budget continues tax abatement, but expenses hit $210 millionJun 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    St. Charles Unit District 303's proposed new budget includes a $508,000 deficit, but in this case, that's good news for taxpayers. Instead of levying to the max, the budget proposes a second year of spending down reserves to make up the difference. The district will take in nearly $210 million and use most of that to pay teacher and administrator salaries and benefits. The district's second largest funding source, the state of Illinois, is still uncertain. And state money to the district has been on the decline for at least the last four years.

  • Last chance for Woodland online survey:Jun 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Friday is the final chance for residents in Gurnee-based Woodland Elementary District 50 to participate in an online survey regarding all-day kindergarten.

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