Education http://peoriapublicradio.org en District 150 aims to expand sex education curriculum http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/district-150-aims-expand-sex-education-curriculum <div>District 150 is also working to expand it’s sexual education programs starting this fall. A grant from the State Board of Education will help the district implement a five-year plan to add programs that focus on contraception. District 150 Special Education Director Maureen Langholf says the program aims to work with area health departments and community groups to promote safe sex:</div><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:17:28 +0000 Alex Rusciano 26812 at http://peoriapublicradio.org District 150 aims to expand sex education curriculum Educator bringing hip hop music to science class http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/educator-bringing-hip-hop-music-science-class <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Imagine being in a science class and getting bombarded with complicated terms and phrases. It can be daunting for people of color who are underrepresented in the sciences. But there’s a push in academia to change that through hip hop. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 02:31:46 +0000 Sean Powers 26587 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Educator bringing hip hop music to science class State board responds on Charter Oak testing investigation http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-board-responds-charter-oak-testing-investigation <div>The Illinois State Board of Education says it found no evidence that a District 150 primary school manipulated test scores. However, a letter sent from the ISBE to the district says it’s forwarding its report to its Licensure Division for further review.&nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 10:40:09 +0000 Alex Rusciano 23330 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State board responds on Charter Oak testing investigation Illinois schools brace in budget process http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/illinois-schools-brace-budget-process <div>Spring is budgeting time for schools in Illinois. Over the past few years, school officials in poorer districts have had to cut staff and programs in order to balance their checkbooks.&nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 04:53:50 +0000 Hannah Meisel 23031 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Illinois schools brace in budget process Peoria students compete in Special Olympics http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-students-compete-special-olympics <div>District 150 students with special needs competed in wheelchair races, running and shot-put events. It’s part of the second annual Special Olympics Spring Games for the district. Jill Speer is the Heartland Area director for Special Olympics. She says the students spend significant time training for the event:</div><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 18:06:38 +0000 Alex Rusciano 22948 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria students compete in Special Olympics Area law enforcement: boost early childhood education http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/area-law-enforcement-boost-early-childhood-education <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Area law enforcement officials are calling on the state to boost its funding for early childhood education. &nbsp;Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy, State’s Attorney Jerry Brady and other police chiefs worked with the ‘Fight Crime, Invest In Kids’ group to release a report detailing the need for more funding. &nbsp;McCoy says more child care assistance money could help keep people out of jail in the future:</span></div><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:08:39 +0000 Alex Rusciano 22252 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Area law enforcement: boost early childhood education District 150 would see $5.4M cut in state budget scenario http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/district-150-would-see-54m-cut-state-budget-scenario <div>New data suggests just how big a hit most school districts would take if Illinois' income tax rate rolls back as scheduled at the end of the year. &nbsp;That would mean a 10-percent cut in state funding for District 150:</div><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:36:32 +0000 Amanda Vinicky & Alex Rusciano 21890 at http://peoriapublicradio.org District 150 would see $5.4M cut in state budget scenario A state push for more early childhood education http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-push-more-early-childhood-education <div>As Illinois navigated the economic downturn, lawmakers made lots of cuts including to early childhood education. &nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:45:22 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21837 at http://peoriapublicradio.org A state push for more early childhood education IL Senate advances education funding overhaul http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-senate-advances-education-funding-overhaul <div>Republicans in the Illinois Senate say a school funding overhaul is being rushed through the General Assembly.</div><div> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:13:46 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21620 at http://peoriapublicradio.org IL Senate advances education funding overhaul Lawmakers debate Illinois ‘coal’ education http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-debate-illinois-coal-education <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois law requires school children be taught the benefits of the state's coal industry. The Illinois House spent the better part of an hour yesterday Thursday debating whether that ought to continue.</span></p><div> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:21:07 +0000 Brian Mackey 21274 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Lawmakers debate Illinois ‘coal’ education