English Language Learner

Peoria Branches Celebrate National Library Week

Apr 11, 2016
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Libraries are increasingly being used for workspace, classes and community events.

That’s the theme for this year’s National Library Week that starts Monday. Libraries across the country are highlighting their services -- but not those involving the lending of books.

In Peoria, services include programming for English-language learners and hosting public art events. The Peoria Public Library is celebrating National Library Week by offering free, locally-roasted coffee.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria Public School board Tuesday approved a restructuring plan that would add or remove grades at 14 district schools.

However, the decision didn’t come without pushback from the public and several board members.

The 6-1 vote came down after two Glen Oak teachers expressed concerns about overcrowding at the school they say is already "over capacity." Under the plan, Glen Oak will add two grades to become a full K-8 school.

But, District spokesman Chris Copelan says enrollment would actually decrease, from its current 856 students to 770.

Center for Education Improvement

Peoria School District 150 is looking in other parts of the state to fill 30 vacancies for English Language Learner and bilingual teachers

District 150 used to regularly travel to Spain to recruit bilingual teachers through a state program. In an effort to reduce costs, the district is looking first in Illinois.

Becky Lindholm is the ELL Director for District 150. Lindholm says she doesn’t think they need to look further than Chicago.