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  • Does the ACT really tell you if you’re ready for college? Dec 15, 2014 5:30 AM
    More than 64 percent of Larkin High School's students are enrolled in college 16 months after graduation, but according to state statistics, only about half of them were ready for it. The disconnect between college readiness and college enrollment is a statewide trend, one that has many suburban high schools questioning the state’s measure of preparedness.

     
  • Oakton Community College receives Fulbright to study Bolivia and Peru Dec 4, 2014 11:39 AM
    Oakton Community College has received a $94,595 Fulbright Group Projects Abroad grant to fund “Indigenous Voices at the Frontier of a Globalized World: Bolivia and Peru,” a five-week in-country study seminar for educators next summer. “In the traditional Western/non-Western dichotomy of humanities curricula, the histories and cultures of indigenous peoples of the Americas are often given short shrift or only superficially addressed,” said Professor Katherine Schuster

     
  • Harper College summit inspires area Latinos Nov 22, 2014 7:30 AM
    Ernesto Mejia posed tough questions to the roughly 450 Northwest suburban high school freshmen and sophomores gathered Friday at Harper College for the 13th annual Latino Summit. Mejia, a college administrator turned motivational speaker, had to overcome discrimination, modest beginnings and a disease that left him temporarily paralyzed.

     
  • Taxpayers in neighboring districts funding legal fight in Dist. 211 rape case Nov 12, 2014 11:19 AM
    For eight years, taxpayers in three suburban school districts have been helping fund the fight against a lawsuit brought by the families of five former special education students who were raped by a classmate at a District 211 school. Offiicals think that's OK, but “I definitely think that if the school board was overseeing this there might be a little more understanding of the human toll of this case,” said Catherine Massarelli, representing four of the families.

     
  • German exchange students tour Des Plaines Nov 5, 2014 4:04 PM
    More than 40 teenagers from Germany participated in a tour of downtown Des Plaines and the historic Kinder House during a picture-perfect autumn afternoon Oct. 22. The students visited as part of Maine Township High School District 207’s German exchange-student program. “It’s important to learn about the area the students are staying in, and not just about Chicago all the time,” said Brigitte Tautz.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Eight 207 students named National Merit semifinalists Oct 15, 2014 9:45 AM
    Eight Maine Township High School District 207 students have been honored as semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program competition.

     
  • Dist. 207 administration building upgrades $161,850 over budget Oct 8, 2014 4:49 PM
    Maine Township High School District 207’s board has approved a renovation project at its new administration center and alternative school that is $161,850 over budget, officials said.

     
  • Dist. 207 administration building improvements $254,000 over budget Sep 27, 2014 7:30 AM
    A plan to convert a recently purchased Park Ridge office building to Maine Township High School District 207’s new administration center and alternative school is going to cost more than expected. "To tell us $876,000, and then come in with $1,014,000, that’s deadly, especially in terms of us, because we sit here and work our budgets basically to the penny," said school board member Sean Sullivan.

     
  • Veterans to be honored Sept. 19 before Maine West football game Sep 8, 2014 5:00 PM
    Maine West High School will honor military veterans prior to the “Red, White, and Blue” varsity football game Sept. 19. Veterans will arrange on the field in the order of their era, from most recent to World War II, and members of the Maine West Warrior football team and coaches will greet them.

     
  • Editorial: The shift to a school calendar that makes sense Sep 2, 2014 1:01 AM
    In an editorial, the Daily Herald says the shift to an academic calendar that ends first semester before winter break makes sense and should be implemented at all high schools.

     
  • Des Plaines tax increment financing plans move forward Aug 29, 2014 2:59 PM
    Plans to restructure an existing tax increment financing district in Des Plaines are moving ahead.

     
  • Walgreen Co. employee appointed to Maine Dist. 207 school board Aug 27, 2014 1:01 AM
    A Walgreen Co. employee has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Maine Township High School District 207 board of education. Pablo Morales, of Park Ridge, will serve on the board through April 2015 — the remaining time on the term of Eric Leys, a 13-year board member who stepped down last month.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Laptop causes small fire at Maine West Aug 22, 2014 11:08 AM
    A small fire at Maine West High School Thursday morning was extinguished quickly and caused no significant damage, officials said. Des Plaines firefighters responded to the school, 1755 S. Wolf Road, after 10 a.m. when a laptop overheated and ignited nearby papers, according to Fire Chief Alan Wax.

     
  • Shocking increase of homeless students in suburbs Jul 28, 2014 1:24 PM
    Since 2007, the number of homeless students has risen by more than 70 percent, most alarmingly in the suburbs. But federal and state funding hasn't kept up - and as a result more students are falling through the cracks, advocates say. “These kids are dealing with a lot,” said Deb Dempsey of the Kane County Regional Office of Education. “

     
  • Leys stepping down from Dist. 207 board Jul 15, 2014 4:18 PM
    A longtime Maine Township High School District 207 board member, who had been one of the youngest elected leaders in the suburbs, will be stepping down from his position later this month. Eric Leys, a 13-year board member, wrote in an email to district officials that he will be moving to Orange County, California to take a job with Penske Automotive Group, working in a leadership capacity.

     
  • Former Maine West coach sues to get his job back Jul 11, 2014 7:13 PM
    A former Maine West soccer coach connected to a 2012 hazing scandal is suing Maine Township High School District 207 over his firing. Emilio Rodriguez has been formally dismissed by the school board twice, and his firing was upheld by an independent hearing officer. Now, he’s going to Cook County circuit court to appeal for his job.

     
  • Des Plaines plans to restructure special tax district Jul 2, 2014 4:11 PM
    Des Plaines officials want to restructure a special taxing district that’s long operated in the red, with an eye toward making the area more enticing for developers. City officials want to take out three properties from TIF 6 and put them in a new TIF 7 that would set up lower baseline property values. “Those properties have been bringing this whole thing down,” said City Manager Mike Bartholomew. “Now we’ll reset the base value, and essentially start from scratch.”

     
  • The Soapbox Jun 28, 2014 5:01 AM
    Read what's on the minds of Daily Herald editors, including waste in county government and arguments over parade seats.

     
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