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  • Naperville Central teacher aims to create awareness of faith traditions Oct 20, 2014 11:01 AM
    Naperville Central High School social studies teacher Seth Brady is using his platform as a finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year to promote an idea he has to increase global awareness among students. “I think what the Global Scholar Certificate would do would be to coalesce classes around this common concept, allowing people to make those connections between science, social studies, politics and art, and giving them really a congealed skill set that they can take into another context,” Brady said.

     
  • Fremd teacher Steve Elza finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year Oct 20, 2014 2:53 PM
    When Steve Elza, applied technology teacher at Fremd High School, first heard about being a 2015 Illinois Teacher of the Year finalist, he was speechless. “I have a passion for what I do with the kids and seeing them succeed, and when someone else sees that passion and says ‘You’re doing a great job and we appreciate what you do,’ it really validates what we all do here. It’s pretty amazing.”

     
  • University of Illinois could be at turning point Oct 20, 2014 5:51 PM
    The University of Illinois' main campus in Champaign-Urbana is set to choose a new president by late November, and the next governor of Illinois — whether incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn or the GOP’s Bruce Rauner — will decide if three members who have been on the board of trustees since 2009 will continue.

     
  • Woodland Middle band performance Oct 19, 2014 4:27 PM
    Woodland Middle School’s band students will host a special performance for members of the Warren Township Senior Center at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 31 at the school, 7000 Washington St., Gurnee.

     
  • School districts host forum on Senate Bill 16 Oct 19, 2014 4:26 PM
    The public is invited to a forum hosted by Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54, Palatine Township Elementary District 15 and Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 to share information about Senate Bill 16 at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at Schaumburg High School, 1100 W. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg. Officials from the three districts say Senate Bill 16 would dramatically reduce their state funding by redistributing general state aid they now receive to districts in other communities.

     
  • Recession, poor labor market make for a highly educated millennials Oct 19, 2014 6:22 AM
    One unintended consequence of the most severe recession in the post-World War II era is that young adults have stayed in school to avoid facing unfriendly employment prospects. With research showing such investment pays off over time, the increases in educational attainment will probably promote gains in earnings, consumer spending and ultimately economic growth.

     
  • Waukegan Dist. 60 classes canceled again because of strike Oct 19, 2014 8:38 PM
    Classes are canceled again Monday because of the ongoing strike in Waukegan Unit District 60, which has seen some 1,200 teachers hit the picket lines for more than two weeks. Contract negotiations between the district and union have not resumed since talks broke down last Wednesday.

     
  • Warren jazz bands perform: Oct 18, 2014 1:01 AM
    Warren Township High School’s jazz bands will perform Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre at the Almond Campus, 34090 Almond Road, Gurnee.

     
  • Why schools in England are teaching 5-year-olds to code Oct 18, 2014 9:25 PM
    The British government now wants the nation’s kids to not only consume technology but to build it -- instead of just playing computer games, they might create them one day. Like many developed nations, the U.K. is facing a tech-talent crunch, and the radical retooling of its educational system is a recognition that the problem is likely to persist for many years.

     
  • Wheaton North honors 50 years of tradition Oct 18, 2014 5:51 PM
    Wheaton North High School alumni gathered at the school Saturday morning as part of several events honoring the 50th anniversary of the school. “We had no traditions,” said Roger Heaton, a member of the first Wheaton North graduating class. “There were no trophy cases. There were no trophies. It was an empty school. We were going to try to make Wheaton North the best school in Illinois.”

     
  • Harper College recognizes Hanover Park mayor, other alumni Oct 17, 2014 4:36 PM
    Harper College will recognize eight alumni for their career and community impact, including Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig. "From the very faculty who taught them to the students learning on the same campus that helped so many alumni get their start, recipients of this award are inspiring others,” Alumni Relations and Special Events Director Fredia Martin said.

     
  • College fair at Vernon Hills High for teens with disabilities Oct 17, 2014 7:44 PM
    About 900 teens and parents will converge on Vernon Hills High School next week for a college-planning fair aimed at students with disabilities. The regional event, called Choices, will provide families with information about the college search process, transitioning to college, technology and other important subjects.

     
  • Dist. 211 proposes tax levy for newly uncertain times Oct 17, 2014 12:35 PM
    As uncomfortable as they may have always been for taxpayers, the determination of annual property tax levies probably has become a familiar process for most suburban school districts — until now. But with the potential impacts of pension reform, Senate Bill 16 and other measures that could affect state funding, financial forecasts are being challenged by an unprecedented level of uncertainty, Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 officials say.

     
  • Districts 211, 214 agree to change boundary for Arlington Downs Oct 17, 2014 5:30 AM
    Officials from two Northwest suburban high school districts have agreed to shift attendance boundaries so families who might move into apartments at the former Sheraton hotel site now known as Arlington Downs are not split into separate schools. The boundary dividing Northwest Suburban High School District 214 and Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 now runs directly through the building.

     
  • State report cards coming Oct. 31, with some changes Oct 16, 2014 5:30 AM
    On Oct. 31, the Illinois State Board of Education will release its annual set of data that measures how well students and schools are performing, but several new metrics will help parents and community members better analyze the numbers.

     
  • AP Fact Check: Did school funding rise or fall under Quinn? Oct 16, 2014 5:32 PM
    Whether education funding in Illinois rose or fell under Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn depends on whose money you’re talking about, and during what time period. The question has surfaced repeatedly in the heated campaign between Quinn and his challenger, Republican businessman Bruce Rauner.

     
  • Public school demographics changing in Illinois Oct 16, 2014 5:01 PM
    The Illinois State Board of Education released statistics showing that more than half of public school students in the state are considered low-income, and for the first time, less than half of public school students are white.

     
  • Strike negotiations break down again in Waukegan Oct 16, 2014 7:38 PM
    A strike in Waukegan Unit District 60 will continue into the weekend, now two weeks after some 1,200 teachers hit the picket lines. District officials said that schools would remained closed, after negotiations broke down again Wednesday night.

     
  • Dist. 220 superintendent waging battle against state funding cuts Oct 16, 2014 6:27 PM
    The new superintendent of Barrington Area Unit School District 220 is raising the alarm against a proposed state measure he claims would cost his district more funding than any other in Lake County. Superintendent Brian Harris said the district would lose $5.4 million annually if the measure passes.

     
  • District 300 festival celebrates cultural diversity Oct 16, 2014 5:30 AM
    Hampshire-based Community Unit School District 300 will host its second Multicultural Festival Sunday at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee. The festival, held in partnership with Dundee Township Park District, will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1072 Spring Hill Mall. It is free and open to the public. Visitors can learn about and experience a diversity of cultures through displays and musical performances, said Nancy Zettler, event co-chairwoman.

     
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