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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Woodland to offer all-day kindergarten Aug 27, 2014 8:14 PM
    Gurnee-based Woodland Elementary District 50 will offer full-day kindergarten in the 2015-16 academic season, with officials citing support from the program in community survey. About 76 percent of kindergarten students statewide now are in class all day, according to the Illinois State Board of Education.

  • Consumers Credit Union seeks applicants for scholarships Aug 26, 2014 12:17 PM
    Consumers Cooperative Association, sponsor for Consumers Credit Union, announced the opportunity for six high school seniors to earn $1,500 scholarships.

  • New year brings new leaders in Dist. 204 Aug 26, 2014 12:24 PM
    A new school year started Tuesday for students, educators and administrators in Indian Prairie Unit District 204, many of whom, such as new Superintendent Karen Sullivan, found themselves in new roles. “My goal for the district this year is to really get out in the community and introduce myself and to really listen to what the community has to say,” Sullivan said.

  • Kaneland picks ex-Palos Hills chief as interim superintendent Aug 26, 2014 5:30 AM
    The Kaneland school board turned to a retired Palos Hills District 117 superintendent, Ken Orrick, to fill in as interim chief, and to lead it in a search for a new superintendent. “Not having somebody experienced to make those decisions at that time may impact the district,” board member Tony Valente said.

  • Suburban schools moving finals to before holiday break Aug 26, 2014 5:00 AM
    Instead of making study guides and cramming for finals, Lily Moradi will spend winter break this year relaxing and enjoying time with her friends and family. Moradi, a senior at Barrington High School, is just one of thousands of students in the suburbs benefiting from a growing trend of school districts changing their schedules to place first-semester exams before, rather than after, winter break. “Now kids can finally have a stress-free vacation,” she said.

  • Hultgren hears about Common Core pitfalls during roundtable Aug 26, 2014 5:30 AM
    Congressman Randy Hultgren still has concerns about Common Core standards coming to Illinois. But having accepted Illinois' embrace of Common Core, he hosted a discussion Monday night about how to avoid major problems with the implementation.

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