Education

State News
5:57 am
Fri August 29, 2014

IL education funding, pensions and credit worthiness

It’s expected to be some time before the courts decide whether Illinois can trim retirement benefits for public school teachers, university workers, and state employees. But the uncertainty continues to affect the credit outlook of schools and community colleges across the state. Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey writes about this in the latest Illinois Issues magazine and has this report:

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State News
4:16 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Candidates for Illinois governor disagree on how to pay for government

The candidates for governor are disputing how Illinois should pay for basic services like education.  The two candidates have drastically different views on how to pay for government.

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Education
9:58 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

District 150 School Board talks budget challenges

  Peoria Public Schools is facing a projected budget deficit of more than $12 million this fiscal year. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that’s double the spending gap for last year:
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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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