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Education
11:20 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Sue Wolstenholm unseats D 150 school board incumbent Laura Petelle

District 150 School Board incumbent Laura Petelle was unseated in yesterday’s election.  69-percent of voters voted for Sue Wolstenholm, 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 Stipe says the vote reflects community support:

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Education
2:52 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

State cuts look grim for school districts

The state superintendent says some districts won't be able to make it through next school year if lawmakers further cut school spending.

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Education
11:08 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

District 150 tensions take different direction Monday

The controversy surrounding the former Charter Oak principal and testing scores in District 150 took a slightly different turn at last night’s School Board meeting. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:
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Education
6:54 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

U of I Urbana officials weigh in on Chicago strike

A 2-day strike by faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago isn’t deterring the efforts of some at the school’s flagship campus to unionize:

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Education
2:54 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

State higher education board asking for level funding

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:

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Education
4:51 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

U of I officials respond to verbal abuse of chancellor

University of Illinois President Robert Easter and Trustees Chair Chris Kennedy have weighed in on this week’s verbal abuse on social media against the Urbana campus chancellor.  

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Education
11:26 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

U of I chancellor target of social media attacks

The University of Illinois’ Urbana chancellor became the target of social media attacks late Sunday and Monday morning over her decision to keep the campus open despite the cold weather.  

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Education
8:07 am
Thu January 23, 2014

State board of education asks for $1 billion increase

Illinois’ Board of Education is asking the General Assembly for a billion dollar increase in the new state budget. This comes even as the state’s already projected to lose at least double that.

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Education
10:28 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Study: state boosted higher ed funding by 15-percent last year

State funding for colleges and universities appears to be rebounding across the nation. Illinois State University Professor Jim Palmer says his annual survey shows state legislatures spent nearly 6% more on higher education last year. Palmer says these funding swings tend to track recessions and the economy fairly closely:

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Education
2:48 am
Tue January 14, 2014

District 150 details report alleging state test violations

A section from the District 150 report that suggests special education teachers at primary school cheated when giving I-SAT tests.
Credit Alex Rusciano / Illinois Public Radio

Peoria School District 150 says special education teachers at a primary school violated state testing rules the last three years.  Alex Rusciano (ruu-shee-AH-noh) reports the school’s principal also allegedly failed to report spikes in the Illinois Standards Achievement Test scores: Those are the main conclusions from an internal investigation the district sent to the Illinois State Board of Education last week.  The report says 26 special education students from Charter Oak Primary School got inappropriate help from teachers giving the math and reading exams.  District Attorney Michelle Todd says the help violated I-SAT protocol:
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