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  • Step forward/step back activity illustrates marginalization Oct 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    In one U-46 diversity training exercise, participants were asked to line up and answer a series of questions, such as whether they had ever been denied a bank loan or had been stopped by police, or if someone clutches a purse tighter upon seeing them on the sidewalk. Based on their individual responses, each employee either moved a step back or a step forward.

     
  • Some on Dist. 15 board challenging administration's recommendationsOct 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Palatine Township Elementary District 15 board got through several discussions and votes at its meeting Wednesday, but not without some members questioning or challenging several of the administration's recommendations.

     
  • District 15 Superintendent Scott Thompson this week received a 2.25 percent pay increase, bringing his salary to $228,808.

    Dist. 15 board narrowly approves administrator raisesSep 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Palatine Township Elementary District 15 board narrowly approved raises for administrators this week, but not before a heated discussion underscored the ongoing division among its members. “Financially, we're just getting out of the hole,” Manjula Sriram said. “We can't re-dig that hole. We have to be very careful about how we spend the money.”

     
  • Editorial: Collaboration key in school schedule changes Sep 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial calls for community collaboration when schools consider changes in school schedules.

     
  • Dist. 15 board divided on recent union contracts Sep 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 board’s surprising display of unity last year to unanimously support the teachers contract hasn’t exactly carried over into more recent negotiations. The board narrowly approved the Educational Support Personnel Association’s new agreement by a 4-3 vote. The same members aligned themselves the same way in June on the transportation union’s deal.

     
  • After past increases, Dist. 15 reports slight dip in enrollmentSep 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    After three consecutive years of gradual growth, enrollment in Palatine Township Elementary District 15 has dipped slightly.

     
  •  Abby Riskus, 7, has difficulty reaching the top shelf of her locker to store school supplies on the first day of school Monday at Frank C. Whiteley Elementary School in Hoffman Estates.

    District 15 students resume journey with first day back at school Aug 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    More than 12,000 students headed back to class this morning as Palatine Township Elementary District 15 kicked off another school year. Their return coincided with a brief letter Superintendent Scott Thompson emailed parents describing education as not so much a destination but rather a journey.

     
  •  U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth leads a panel discussion Thursday at Carl Sandburg Junior High in Rolling Meadows on the importance of early science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

    Panelists underscore need for early STEM education Aug 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    One overarching theme emerged Thursday at a panel discussion on the importance of STEM-based curriculum: Start them young. U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Hoffman Estates Democrat, and many of the 10 panelists gathered at Carl Sandburg Junior High in Rolling Meadows underscored the need to spark an early interest and the role STEM education will play in the country's future economic prosperity.

     
  •  The District 15 Educational Foundation created a Palatine-opoly game as a fundraiser. The game features Palatine business, landmarks and organizations.

    Dist. 15 Foundation unveiling Palatine-opoly game Aug 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    This weekend’s Downtown Palatine Street Fest will feature plenty of live music, local cuisine and family entertainment. It’s also where the District 15 Educational Foundation will unveil its very own Palatine-opoly board game.

     
  •  Hanna Gajek, 9, right, and her friend Samai Manzo, 9, give a big thumbs-up to the first day back to the 4th grade at Field Elementary School in Wheeling on Wednesday.

    Most primary schools in Northwest suburbs reopened today Aug 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    Many of the elementary school districts in the Northwest suburbs began a new year of school on Wednesday. Among the districts where classes resumed were Wheeling Township Elementary District 21, Prospect Heights Elementary District 23, Arlington Heights Elementary District 25, River Trails Elementary District 26, Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54, Mount Prospect Elementary District 57 and Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59.

     
  • Dist. 15 must offer choice to students at seven schoolsAug 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Due to benchmarks many officials consider arbitrary and practically impossible to attain, Palatine Township Elementary District 15 must offer students at seven of its schools the option of transferring. Up to 55 students will be allowed to attend Frank C. Whiteley in Hoffman Estates, the district’s only school last year to make Adequate Yearly Progress, the cornerstone of the No Child Left Behind Act.

     
  • District 15 finances better than expected Aug 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 will enter the new school year with a more optimistic financial outlook than previously thought. The $153.7 million budget calls for spending to exceed revenue by about $3.2 million, which is less than half the deficit Assistant Superintendent Mike Adamczyk projected in May.

     
  • Give D15 parents a better seat at table Aug 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: Sandy Wiles of Palatine says the emotional debate between District 15 teachers and the school board over late start/early release has convinced her that parents need more voice in the proceedings.

     
  • Students at Lincoln Elementary School in Palatine Township Elementary District 15 will use two mobile classrooms due to a space shortage. The unit on the left, which is in the process of being painted and updated, will house a full-time regular classroom. The unit on the right will continue to be used part-time for some subjects.

    Dist. 15 makes adjustments to cope with space shortagesAug 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    Although space is at a premium throughout Palatine Townshp Elementary District 15, officials have made several moves to ease the burden at some of the more crowded schools.

     
  •  Jill Upadhyaya, a parent from Hoffman Estates, shows her opposition to the late start scheduling option supported by the Palatine Township Elementary District 15 teachers union.

    Parents, students rally before Dist. 15 arbitration hearingAug 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    Several parents and students gathered Thursday morning outside the Palatine Township Elementary District 15 administrative offices before an arbitration hearing was set to begin on the controversial late start/early release scheduling plan. They support the board of education’s earlier vote to release students early on Fridays to accommodate weekly professional development time among teachers.

     
  • Dist. 15 holds arbitration hearing Thursday on late start/early release Jul 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    An arbitration hearing on the late start/early release issue in Palatine Township Elementary District 15 will take place at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Joseph M. Kiszka Education Center, 580 N. First Bank Drive, Palatine. The meeting is closed but protesters are expected.

     
  • Dist. 15 touts progress among English-language learners Jul 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 officials have reason to believe their approach to English-language learners is working. A recent report shows more students are eligible to “exit” their second-language program in 2013 compared to the previous two years. “We were just thrilled,” Assistant Superintendent Mary Zarr said.

     
  • Dist. 15 narrowly OKs deal with transportation union Jun 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 narrowly approved a new two-year contract with its transportation union, putting an end — for the time being — to months of heated discussions about privatizing busing. After nearly two hours in executive session, the board at a special meeting Wednesday voted 4-3 in favor of the agreement. “There was some contention along the way,” board President Peggy Babcock said. “These are people who were wounded and fighting for their jobs. But we reached the best contract that we could.”

     
  • Dist. 15 reaches tentative contract with transportation union Jun 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    After months of contentious negotiations that at one point spilled into the public forum, Palatine Township Elementary District 15 has reached a tentative contract with its transportation union. The board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday to vote on the agreement, which first needs to be ratified by a majority of the union’s roughly 200 members.

     
  • Dist. 15 continues summer breakfast program Jun 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 is continuing its popular summer breakfast program for the fourth consecutive year. Last year, District 15 served nearly 8,500 meals through the program, which is federally funded and open to the public.

     
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