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  • Indiana State data show low rates of violence Oct 25, 2014 8:16 AM
    Indiana State University police say data show the campus is safe despite two recent incidents, including a shooting involving two students. The university’s Annual Security and Fire Report shows burglary far outweighed violent crime incidents on campus between 2011 and 2013. The statistics are gathered as part of the federal Clery Act that requires colleges and universities to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. ISU Police Chief Joe Newport tells the Tribune-Star the data show ISU is “good to above average” on an overall safety scale. The report shows ISU had 24 on-campus burglaries in 2013, 17 in 2012 and 28 in 2011. One murder was reported during that time, along with three robberies, six aggravated assaults and two vehicle thefts.

  • UW-Madison spring commencement stays at stadium Oct 25, 2014 8:18 AM
    Spring commencement at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will return to Camp Randall Stadium. Previously graduation ceremonies were held in shifts at the Kohl Center. But, because of the success of the spring commencement earlier this year, university officials have decided to stick with the stadium. Six-thousand undergraduates and masters’ students, along with 44,000 friends and family celebrated at Camp Randall last May. Chancellor Rebecca Blank says honoring the graduates in a place so steeped with tradition is memorable. The 2015 ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 16 at noon. As in previous years, doctoral and professional students will celebrate in the Kohl Center on the Friday before.

  • Free online AP courses debut on edX website Oct 25, 2014 7:42 AM
    Rice University launched a free Advanced Placement biology course Monday on a website overseen by two other elite schools, a potentially significant milestone for a movement that aims to bring college-level courses to high school students. The site, edX, was created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in 2012 as a nonprofit platform for those universities and selected others to offer massive open online courses, or MOOCs, to the world.

  • Answering questions about Round Lake Area Unit District 116 referendum question Oct 24, 2014 4:44 PM
    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 next month will try for a second time to gain voter permission to borrow $29 million for a high school expansion and renovation. We provide answers to questions about the measure on the Nov. 4 ballot.

  • Waukegan food pantries offer help: Oct 24, 2014 5:23 PM
    While school is out of session during the Waukegan Unit District 60 strike, local food pantries are prepared to help provide meals for children. United Way of Lake County has partnered with Northern Illinois Food Bank to provide extra food to seven Waukegan food pantries.

  • Waukegan schools will be closed on Monday Oct 24, 2014 9:55 PM
    School has been canceled on Monday for Waukegan Community Unit School District 60, the district announced. Teachers have been on strike since Oct. 2.

  • District 75 reporting tentative agreement on 3-year teachers contract Oct 23, 2014 2:54 PM
    Mundelein Elementary School District 75 administrators and teachers have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract, officials announced Thursday. The progress on the deal avoids a potential teachers strike.

  • Lawmaker: Controversial school funding plan won’t move soon Oct 23, 2014 7:14 PM
    The suburban Democratic state lawmaker who controls the fate of a controversial school funding proposal that has scared superintendents throughout the suburbs says she won’t push it forward until at least the spring, after a new class of lawmakers has been sworn into office.

  • Chicago man indicted in SIU threat case Oct 23, 2014 4:19 PM
    A Chicago man accused of mailing threats of beheadings, bombings and other violence to Southern Illinois University’s Carbondale campus is now facing fewer federal counts than when he was first charged.

  • Warren High theater: Oct 23, 2014 5:15 PM
    Warren Township High School theater students will perform “Still Life With Iris” through Saturday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. at the O’Plaine Auditorium, 500 N. O’Plaine Road, Gurnee.

  • Take a survey: Oct 23, 2014 5:15 PM
    Members of the Stevenson High School community can take a survey about the Lincolnshire school’s communications efforts.

  • Lawmakers, youth advocates join forum in Arlington Heights Oct 23, 2014 11:09 AM
    A town-hall meeting in Arlington Heights tonight will explore the challenges facing suburban youth, including growing poverty, homelessness and access to drugs. Jim Slusher, assistant managing editor for the Daily Herald's opinion page, will moderate the panel discussion with state lawmakers and youth advocates.

  • Waukegan teachers strike continues Oct 22, 2014 1:35 AM
    Waukegan Public Schools students will be out of class another day as negotiations between the district and the teachers union continue.

  • New Barrington District 220 kindergarten plan doesn't make half-days transfer Oct 22, 2014 6:02 AM
    A proposed fee-based full-day kindergarten program at Barrington Area Unit School District 220 no longer would transfer half-day kindergarten students out of the elementary schools, officials said Tuesday.

  • Statewide honor for District 46 teacher Oct 22, 2014 5:55 PM
    The Illinois Art Education Association has named Kimberly Butts of Avon Center School in Round Lake Beach as its 2014 Illinois Elementary Art Educator of the Year.

  • Bears chairman speaks to DeKalb students Oct 22, 2014 7:03 PM
    Messages delivered by the Chicago Bears chairman have stuck with a group of fifth-graders at a DeKalb elementary school. George McCaskey recently spoke to 42 students at Gwendolyn Brooks Elementary School about the importance of leadership and learning.

  • No school in Waukegan for rest of week Oct 22, 2014 10:49 PM
    Schools in Waukegan will remained closed the rest of the week as contract negotiations ended Wednesday evening with no compromise in sight, both sides said. About 17,000 students in Waukegan Community School District 60 have been out of class since Oct. 2.

  • Rockland Elementary School students read to break record Oct 21, 2014 7:44 PM
    Danya Sundh’s Elementary Instructional Program class at Rockland Elementary School in Libertyville read "Bunny Cakes" to try to break the world record for the largest number of people reading the same book on the same day, and as a way to promote literacy.

  • Chinese investor offers $100K for former Elgin school Oct 21, 2014 5:42 PM
    A private boarding school and a treatment center described as possibly the biggest of its type in the Midwest are among the proposals for the shuttered Fox River Country Day School in Elgin. The school proposal is backed by Chinese investor Hongwei “Wayne” Zhao, owner and president of Telansun Information System Technology in Beijing.

  • Mundelein District 75 teachers, school board hopeful for contract resolution Oct 22, 2014 4:27 PM
    Teachers and the school board in Mundelein District 75 are scheduled to hold another negotiation session on Wednesday. Salary, retirement increases and professional development are unresolved issues. Negotiations have continued since the beginning of the year and the contract expired June 30.

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