school http://peoriapublicradio.org en District 150 approves fives new principals, including Charter Oak http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/district-150-approves-fives-new-principals-including-charter-oak <p>The District 150 School Board approved a new principal for Charter Oak Primary School. &nbsp; Betty Zilkowski is replacing John Wetterauer, who was removed from the post following a state testing investigation. She was currently the assistant principal at Sterling Middle School. The Board also approved new principals for Lindbergh, Northmoore Primary, Sterling and Woodrow Wilson schools. &nbsp;The current principals at those schools are retiring in the coming months.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:51:15 +0000 Alex Rusciano 21839 at http://peoriapublicradio.org District 150 approves fives new principals, including Charter Oak Lawmaker apologizes for racially-charged remark http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/lawmaker-apologizes-racially-charged-remark <div>An Illinois lawmaker is apologizing for a racially charged remark she made Wednesday during a debate on charter schools.&nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:57:07 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21604 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Lawmaker apologizes for racially-charged remark Sue Wolstenholm unseats D 150 school board incumbent Laura Petelle http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/sue-wolstenholm-unseats-d-150-school-board-incumbent-laura-petelle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">District 150 School Board incumbent Laura </span>Petelle<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was unseated in yesterday’s election. &nbsp;69-percent of voters voted for Sue </span>Wolstenholm<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who was backed by the grassroots ‘Change 150’ group. The organization aims to change the culture and leadership in the district. Change 150 spokesman Sea </span>Stipe<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the vote reflects community support:</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 04:20:41 +0000 Alex Rusciano 20449 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Sue Wolstenholm unseats D 150 school board incumbent Laura Petelle Proposed IL law considers reading kids Miranda rights http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/proposed-il-law-considers-reading-kids-miranda-rights <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois lawmakers are considering what steps police should have to take before questioning kids at school.</span></p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:58:20 +0000 Brian Mackey 19155 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Proposed IL law considers reading kids Miranda rights State higher education board asking for level funding http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-higher-education-board-asking-level-funding <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois' public colleges and universities are making an austere budget request to the state. The Board of Higher Education will ask to keep level funding for the coming fiscal year. Harry Berman is the interim Executive Director. He says it's less than what is needed:</span></p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 20:54:37 +0000 Rachel Otwell 18442 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State higher education board asking for level funding Dunlap teachers, parents oppose proposed cuts http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/dunlap-teachers-parents-oppose-proposed-cuts <p></p><div>The Dunlap school district should keep its teachers and current band and orchestra programs next year. &nbsp;That’s the message from hundreds of parents and teachers voicing concern over proposed staff and program cuts. &nbsp;The proposed spending plan would lay-off nearly 20 teachers, cut school bussing options and raise student fees. About 40 people spoke out against the proposed cuts during last night’s school board meeting. Many are opposed to cutting fifth grade band and fourth grade orchestra programs. &nbsp;Tina Holloway is the band director at Dunlap Valley Middle School. She says delaying music classes hurts the students and the district:</div><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 04:57:30 +0000 Alex Rusciano 17650 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Dunlap teachers, parents oppose proposed cuts Gifford students back in class following tornado http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/gifford-students-back-class-following-tornado <p></p><div>Students at Gifford Grade School returned to class Monday, a week after a tornado ripped through the Champaign County town. IPR’s Sean Powers was there as school officials tried to recapture some sense of normalcy.</div><p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 23:04:45 +0000 Sean Powers 15448 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Gifford students back in class following tornado District 150 Board considering new school police union contract http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/district-150-board-considering-new-school-police-union-contract <p>The District 150 School Board will consider a contract next Tuesday with the district’s police union. &nbsp;Members of the Police Benevolent Protective Local 114 have been working without a contract for the last three years, and had their title changed to school resource officers in that time. Union president Monica Wilson says the last contract with the district expired in June of 2010:</p><p> Fri, 24 May 2013 21:38:22 +0000 Alex Rusciano 6188 at http://peoriapublicradio.org District 150 Board considering new school police union contract Area students launch weather balloon http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/area-students-launch-weather-balloon <p></p><div>Nearly 300 area middle school students gathered at the Caterpillar Learning Center in Edwards to assemble and launch a weather balloon. &nbsp;The project was led by Riverview Grade School science teacher Emily Dawson. &nbsp;Dawson says the weather balloon inflates to more than five feet across with sensors to measure pressure, humidity and temperature before it lands:</div><p> Wed, 22 May 2013 19:30:05 +0000 Alex Rusciano 6032 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Area students launch weather balloon HIV positive students could keep that information private http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/hiv-positive-students-could-keep-information-private <p></p><div>Students who are HIV positive could keep that information private under a measure before Illinois' General Assembly.&nbsp;</div><div> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:11:14 +0000 Denise Molina 4361 at http://peoriapublicradio.org