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  • Some camp out all night for school supplies at ECC Aug 10, 2014 6:39 AM
    Some people camped outside overnight to get backpacks filled with school supplies that were handed out Saturday at Elgin Community College. “These families wait as long as it takes because they are in need,” ECC Student Life Coordinator Katie Storey said.

     
  • Batavia teacher contract talks progressing Aug 8, 2014 12:03 PM
    Will Batavia teachers start a new school year without a contract? Possibly, but negotiators are making progress, according to union President Tony Malay.

     
  • District 214 turns 100, plans year of celebration Aug 8, 2014 5:30 AM
    Northwest Suburban High School District 214 will celebrate its 100th birthday during the 2014-15 school year and kicked off the centennial festivities at Thursday's board meeting. “We have a lot to celebrate,” said Jessica Thunberg, director of community engagement and outreach. Events marking the 100th year of the district's existence will span the whole school year and include a look at the past, present and future of what is now the second largest high school district in the state.

     
  • New staffers at Mundelein High School for the 2014-15 academic year Aug 8, 2014 6:50 PM
    Nineteen people will join the Mundelein High School staff when the 2014-15 term begins on Tuesday, Aug. 12.

     
  • Jon Guillaume promises to be “a visible principal” at Vernon Hills High Aug 7, 2014 2:42 PM
    As excited as Jon Guillaume is to be starting his first year as Vernon Hills High School’s principal, the veteran educator knows the job is a huge responsibility. “I am committed 100 percent to Vernon Hills High School,” he said. “I love this place. I love the kids at this place, I love the staff at this place, and together we’re going to do great things.”

     
  • New U of I union will have to wait on raises Aug 7, 2014 7:48 PM
    Some members of a new union for faculty members who aren’t on tenure tracks at the University of Illinois will have to wait to get raises that had already been offered.

     
  • ISU prepping for large incoming freshman class Aug 6, 2014 6:33 AM
    Illinois State University is expecting a large incoming freshman class this year. Move-in day at the Normal school is next week. The Pantagraph reports the school’s freshman class should be between 3,500 and 3,600 students this fall. Troy Johnson is ISU’s vice president of enrollment management. He says that’s up from just less than 3,000 last year. Official numbers won’t be available until the tenth day of classes. Johnson says ISU’s “freshman class is going to be the largest in over 20 years.” He says total enrollment will be between 20,000 and 21,000 students. ISU housing officials say they have room for all the students.

     
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison expects second-largest class in 9 years Aug 6, 2014 6:23 AM
    The University of Wisconsin-Madison is expecting its second-largest class of state-resident freshmen in nine years this fall. The university saw its largest class of resident freshmen since 2005 last year, when 3,843 enrolled. The school is expecting about 3,700 to enroll this fall. UW officials say they received 7,981 resident freshman applications for this fall, up 5.4 percent from last year.

     
  • District 50 to host proof of residency event Aug. 12-13 Aug 6, 2014 12:58 PM
    Woodland Elementary District 50 hosts its eighth annual proof of residency event from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 12 and 13 at the Woodland Middle School gymnasium, 7000 Washington St., Gurnee.

     
  • Southern Illinois teachers file strike notice Aug 6, 2014 6:21 AM
    Teachers in a southern Illinois school district have filed a notice of intent to strike as contract negotiations are ongoing. The Belleville News-Democrat reports Tuesday that a teachers union in Highland filed the notice with the Illinois Labor Education Relations Board last week. Roughly 10 area school districts are negotiating contracts. Highland District 5 and the Highland Education Association say they’re not close to agreeing on salary and benefit changes. The district’s 174 teachers start work Aug. 12. The contract expires Aug. 31, which is the earliest date a strike would occur. The union president says there are a number of issues to resolve. She says she’s hopeful the groups will find a solution before a work stoppage. The schools superintendent says the teachers’ demands have been “very high.”

     
  • Judge rules SIU owes $1.9M in back pay Aug 5, 2014 5:43 PM
    Southern Illinois University officials bargained in bad faith with the Carbondale campus’ unions during 2011 contract talks and owes 1,500 current and former employees $1.9 million in back pay for furlough days they were forced to take, an administrative law judge has ruled.

     
  • 2 Kaneland board members reject superintendent's resignation Aug 5, 2014 5:29 AM
    Two Kaneland trustees voted against accepting Superintendent Jeff Schuler's resignation Monday, questioning why they should let him out of his contract two years early. “Going forward, we need to make sure there are penalties. There's a lot of things we are out of right now,” Veronica Bruhl said.

     
  • District 128 budget talk: Aug 4, 2014 6:11 PM
    The Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 board will meet Wednesday in a committee-of-the-whole session to discuss the proposed budget for the 2015 fiscal year.

     
  • Wheeling High STEM program gets international attention Aug 4, 2014 6:07 PM
    Wheeling High School was visited by a member of the British Parliament on Monday, who is interested in helping create a national career planning initiative in England.

     
  • Fewer students taking, passing new GED test Aug 4, 2014 5:17 AM
    Suburban counties have seen steep drops in the number of people taking GED exams in 2014. The test changed to an electronic version that is both more difficult and more expensive, experts say. Fewer people taking the exam may mean a larger pool of local residents with poor long-term job prospects. “Somebody is profiting significantly, and it's not our students and our state,” Regional Superintendent Leslie Schermerhorn said.

     
  • Syracuse ranks as No. 1 party school Aug 4, 2014 10:48 PM
    Syracuse University has claimed the title of nation’s top party school. The No. 1 ranking was revealed Monday by The Princeton Review. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was ranked fifth. Wheaton College, meanwhile, ranked second among “stone-cold sober” schools.

     
  • Wheaton College among most ‘stone-cold sober’ schools Aug 4, 2014 10:49 PM
    Wheaton College was named second-most sober school in the country, behind Brigham Young University, by The Princeton Review’s nationwide survey of 130,000 students.

     
  • As mobiles increase, referendum planned for Round Lake High Aug 3, 2014 6:45 AM
    More students than ever will attend class in trailers outside Round Lake High School starting in the 2014-15 academic season, officials said. The school's portable classroom total will double to 12 when an estimated 2,000 students return Tuesday, Aug. 19. “With the addition of the mobiles, we will essentially have a third of the student population at Round Lake High School receiving their instruction in modular units,” Principal Donn Mendoza said.

     
  • School zone enforcement Aug 3, 2014 4:33 PM
    Mundelein Police will conduct increased traffic enforcement in school zones from Aug. 12 through Sept. 5, officials said in a news release.

     
  • Kids 1st Health Fair returns Aug 3, 2014 4:32 PM
    Kids 1st Health Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Miguel Juarez Middle School, 207 N. Butrick St., Waukegan.

     
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