school http://peoriapublicradio.org en ‘Change 150’ backs Adler for Peoria School Board seat http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/change-150-backs-adler-peoria-school-board-seat <div>A grassroots political group aiming to change the leadership on the Peoria Public School Board officially announced its choice to fill an open seat. Change 150 says it’s backing Dan Adler for the third District School Board post. Adler says he has two priorities that include more emphasis on public comment in board meetings and creating open channels for staff to voice concerns:</div><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 23:28:22 +0000 Alex Rusciano 24479 at http://peoriapublicradio.org ‘Change 150’ backs Adler for Peoria School Board seat District 150 Board talks likely seat vacancy http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/district-150-board-talks-likely-seat-vacancy <div>The District 150 School Board met in executive session last night to discuss the likely steps needed to fill the upcoming vacancy for the board seat currently held by Laura Petelle. She was defeated by Sue Wolstenholm in the spring election. But Wolstenholm says she plans to resign the post. That gives the board 45 days from that time to fill the seat. School Board president Rick Cloyd says the meeting was to review the policy that spells out how to fill a vacancy:</div><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 01:05:03 +0000 Alex Rusciano 24057 at http://peoriapublicradio.org District 150 Board talks likely seat vacancy State senate approves public education funding change http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-senate-approves-public-education-funding-change <div>The Illinois Senate Tuesday approved a measure to completely change how the state's public schools are funded. The plan would shift state resources from schools with more property tax wealth to more impoverished areas. But that shift of resources creates winners and losers. Senator Dale Righter, a Republican from Mattoon, says he cannot vote to create "losers" ... even if his area would benefit from the change.</div><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 05:06:10 +0000 Hannah Meisel 23991 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State senate approves public education funding change District 150 hires legal officer, talks budget http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/district-150-hires-legal-officer-talks-budget <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">T</span>he District 150 School Board voted to hire an in-house legal officer. &nbsp;Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the move comes as the Board heard from parents concerned about the legal money spent on a testing investigation at Charter Oak.&nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 05:13:57 +0000 Alex Rusciano 23202 at http://peoriapublicradio.org District 150 hires legal officer, talks budget 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 is 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