Education

Education
11:19 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

District 150 Board selects final candidate to fill vacancy

The Peoria Public School Board has selected a final candidate to fill a vacant seat in the Third District. The District 150 board reached a consensus after deliberating more than two hours Wednesday night. 

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State News
7:12 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Republican Bruce Rauner and education policy

The Republican candidate for Illinois governor says he’ll soon be talking more about his top priority - education. Bruce Rauner has been involved in education for years, giving lots of money to schools and programs he believes in. But expanding his vision in Illinois’ political climate is another matter altogether. Illinois Public Radio's Tony Arnold explains. 

Bruce Rauner, the Republican venture capitalist, has made a name for himself in education - literally. Rauner College Prep is a charter school on Chicago’s near west side. He’s been recognized by education groups for his philanthropic work…

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Education
12:17 am
Tue July 22, 2014

District 150 aims to expand sex education curriculum

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:

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Education
9:31 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Educator bringing hip hop music to science class

Biologist Danielle Lee from Cornell University uses hip hop as a tool in the classroom for science education.
Credit Sean Powers / Illinois Public Radio/WILL

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.    

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Education
5:40 am
Thu May 15, 2014

State board responds on Charter Oak testing investigation

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. 

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Education
11:53 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Illinois schools brace in budget process

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. 

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Education
1:06 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Peoria students compete in Special Olympics

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:

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Government
4:08 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Area law enforcement: boost early childhood education

Area law enforcement officials are calling on the state to boost its funding for early childhood education.  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.  McCoy says more child care assistance money could help keep people out of jail in the future:

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Education
7:36 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

District 150 would see $5.4M cut in state budget scenario

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.  That would mean a 10-percent cut in state funding for District 150:

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Education
10:45 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

A state push for more early childhood education

As Illinois navigated the economic downturn, lawmakers made lots of cuts including to early childhood education.  

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