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  • Parents want all-day kindergarten at Grayslake District 46 Sep 20, 2014 7:45 AM
    Citing moves at neighboring school systems, some parents say a full-day kindergarten program should be started at Grayslake Elementary District 46. Parents pitched the idea during public comment time at a District 46 board meeting this week. “This is something that needs to take place and needs to have action taken very much in the near future,” said parent Jamie Taylor.

     
  • Healthier District 211 lunches draw USDA attention Sep 20, 2014 7:15 AM
    A USDA official had lunch at Palatine High School on Friday, asking students how well they like the new, healthier federal lunch program. Audrey Rowe got a mixed bag of answers, but overall lunch sales are up in District 211, officials said.

     
  • Elgin’s Lowrie school marks 125 years Sep 20, 2014 7:40 AM
    Former and current teachers, students and employees of Lowrie Elementary School will mark 125 years since the Elgin school opened its doors Sunday. Officials are hosting an open house from noon to 2 p.m. at the school, 264 Oak St. Families of students, alumni and community members are invited to view a history exhibit and tour the school.

     
  • Elgin High teacher lauded for reviving theater program Sep 20, 2014 1:07 PM
    In her three years teaching at Elgin High School, Jessica Vaillancourt has revived the school’s performing arts program from virtual nonexistence. For her efforts to rebuild the program, Vaillancourt has been named Illinois Outstanding Young Teacher of the Year by the Illinois Communication and Theatre Association, the state’s largest professional group for theater, speech, debate, and communications teachers.

     
  • Police search Wisconsin fraternity for date-rape drugs Sep 19, 2014 4:55 PM
    Police are investigating a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee fraternity where they say members may have slipped date-rape drugs into partygoers’ drinks. A spokesman says the university has suspended Tau Kappa Epsilon's affiliation during the investigation.

     
  • ISU president gives upbeat assessment of school Sep 19, 2014 4:58 PM
    The president of Illinois State University gave an upbeat assessment of the school’s future, saying Thursday the school has the capacity for moderate growth that can be achieved with increased diversity.

     
  • U of I board chairman defends rescinding professor’s job offer Sep 19, 2014 5:06 PM
    The University of Illinois was right to deny a faculty job to a professor whose anti-Israel Twitter messages were considered by some to be anti-Semitic, University of Illinois board Chairman Chris Kennedy said in a newspaper interview published Friday.

     
  • Dist. 54 investigates student’s bringing knife to school Sep 19, 2014 4:15 PM
    A student brought a knife to Stevenson School in Elk Grove Village on Tuesday, but no one was injured or even threatened, Schaumburg Township District 54 spokeswoman Terri McHugh said.

     
  • Highland teachers accept new contract, end strike Sep 18, 2014 10:38 PM
    Highland teachers overwhelmingly approved a three-year contract Thursday, ending a six-day strike that kept about 3,000 students out of the classroom. The Highland Education Association announced the vote was 150-2 to approve the contract.

     
  • Dist. 155 to teach students smart money management Sep 18, 2014 7:33 PM
    Crystal Lake High School District 155 officials want to help students develop money smarts with an $84,000 grant from Riverwoods-based Discover Financial Services. District 155 will use the money to improve its financial education curriculum, including upgrading technology, buying textbooks for new courses and teacher training.

     
  • Emanuel backs away from naming school after Obama Sep 18, 2014 5:40 PM
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Thursday he has scuttled his plan to name a new high school after President Barack Obama. Emanuel, Obama’s former White House chief of staff, said in a statement that the decision to back away from naming the school after his former boss comes after listening to “questions and concerns from the community.”

     
  • District 211 teachers, support staff get new contracts Sep 18, 2014 11:46 PM
    The Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 school board approved a new four-year contract agreement with the district’s teachers union at its meeting on Thursday night.

     
  • Film explores history of AIDS fight in Africa Sep 17, 2014 5:01 PM
    Roosevelt University will screen the documentary film “Fire in the Blood” at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 and 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 in Alumni Hall at its Schaumburg campus. The public is welcome to attend. The film explores how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs in Africa.

     
  • Residents ask Batavia school board to stop increasing taxes Sep 17, 2014 1:01 AM
    People attending a Batavia school budget hearing Tuesday pleaded with the school board to stop increasing property taxes.

     
  • Judson seeks submissions for faith-based film festival Sep 16, 2014 1:01 AM
    Judson University in Elgin is accepting film submissions for the 11th annual Imago Film Festival to be held March 24-28. The festival showcases independent films dealing with faith issues and emphasizing image and story.

     
  • Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep in Waukegan celebrates 10-year anniversary Sep 16, 2014 12:09 PM
    About 450 founders, students, parents, faculty, staff and volunteers gathered under a tent and in the parking lot of Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep in Waukegan on Aug. 29 to celebrate the school’s 10-year anniversary.

     
  • Dist. 211 student panel promotes digital ‘best practices’ Sep 16, 2014 1:32 PM
    Think before posting - the first rule of good social media behavior, say a group of District 211 students.

     
  • District 86 nixes Facebook post probe Sep 16, 2014 9:30 PM
    Administrators with Hinsdale High School District 86 have dropped plans to question 17 teachers who “liked” a Facebook post about their negotiations that included a picture of an ax shattering a windshield. “I would guess that nobody will ever be interviewed on this subject,” school board President Richard Skoda said. “We’re glad,” union spokesman Mike Palmquist said. “It was a groundless investigation in the first place."

     
  • Hinsdale district asks teachers union to drop strike threat Sep 16, 2014 7:32 PM
    Hinsdale High School District 86 school board members are calling on the union representing the district’s teachers to drop the threat of a strike and allow a vote on the latest contract offer by the district. “It’s time for the angst and anxiety to dissipate by the union leadership by presenting the district’s comprehensive offer, which is more than fair, to its membership and allow a vote on it,” school board President Richard Skoda said.

     
  • Union says layoffs will hurt school cleanliness Sep 15, 2014 6:49 PM
    The union representing custodians in Chicago Public Schools said Monday that it will be difficult to keep schools clean once a private company takes over the work. Chicago Public School officials said Saturday that 468 janitors will be laid off by the end of the month.

     
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