Education

Education and learning

A new partnership based on enviromental, economic, and social projects run by students from an Illinois liberal arts college will benefit an Iowa community.

Starting in the fall, students from the Upper Mississippi Center at Augustana College in Rock Island will work with the city of Clinton, Iowa, a dozen projects to promote "sustainability."

Center Director Michael Reisner says one of those projects involves working with the Clinton Fire Department.

Youngstown State University - Randy Dunn

Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to cut higher education by more than 30 percent. Presidents of three state universities appeared before lawmakers to explore ways to minimize such drastic cuts. 

Committee chair Kenneth Dunkin, a Chicago Democrat, challenged the members to make their decisions based on information, rather than along party lines.

State Authors Featured On Annual Reading List

Mar 5, 2015

Works by several authors with ties to Illinois are included on the recommended Illinois statewide reading program for 2015.

The Illinois Reading Council on Wednesday named books for everyone from adults to newborn babies. The program is intended to promote reading for people of all ages.

Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football, the Rich Cohen paean to Windy City football at is finest, and Chicago author Scott Turow's Identical are among the six recommendations for adults.

When Gov. Bruce Rauner pledged to increase school funding by $300 million, educators seemed unimpressed.

They’re more excited about House Speaker Michael Madigan’s proposed 3 percent surcharge on income greater than a million dollars. That would provide about a billion dollars to schools.

That move would require a constitutional amendment, but it has gotten backing from a variety of education groups that are often at odds with one another -- teachers unions, school administrators, and everyone in between.

Different states implement Common Core standards in different ways.

Illinois has its own test to determine college readiness, but some parents and teachers are trying to stop it. Critics say it causes problems for students and prevents teaching other subjects.

Illinois students will begin taking the new test -- PARCC, which stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers -- next month. It consists of math and reading exams given to students starting in third grade.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS: as of 5:00 am

Belvidere School District

Creston School District

Harvard School District

Scholarship Applicants Could Get $4,000

Feb 11, 2015

Students living in Winnebago and Boone County can apply for scholarships worth up to $4,000 for college or technical training.

“We believe truly in what Ben Franklin once said, ‘An investment in knowledge pays the best interest’,” said Owen Carter, a community action program coordinator at Rockford Human Services Dept. “We want to encourage educational attainment at all costs, at all levels.”

Buyout Package Is Just The Latest Spending Concern

Feb 10, 2015
www.cod.edu

The College of DuPage is getting heat about its spending lately. The focus recently has been a $760,000 severance package for the school president.

That payout has taxpayers wondering how the college is spending their money ... and students wondering if that could lead to program cuts and tuition hikes.

When College of DuPage trustees met last month to approve a contract buyout for President Robert Breuder, more than 400 people showed up. And they didn’t come to cheer.

DeKalb School District Gets A Security Upgrade

Feb 4, 2015
DeKalb.org

DeKalb School District 428 has gone high-tech to help prevent potential security threats. Superintendent Douglas Moeller is confident the new security measure, known as the Raptor System, will be effective to address security risks rapidly.

“It obviously is much more convenient for our families who we do want to be involved in their children’s school experience,” Moeller said. “The old process was time-consuming; and a lot of parents, I think, felt that we were trying to keep them out of schools rather than welcoming them into our schools.”

Strike Suspended At Kishwaukee College: Faculty Contract Still Not Approved

Jan 21, 2015
Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Update: The Kishwaukee College Education Association plans to hold its contract ratification vote starting Jan. 27th over a 24 hour period per the Union bylaws.

The Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees' Special Meeting that had been scheduled for Friday, Jan. 23 has been canceled.  That's according to a news release issued Wednesday morning.

---------------------------------------------------------

There won’t be a strike at Kishwaukee College Wednesday, but the union representing 81 teachers at the school still has not ratified a contract agreement worked out this week with the administration. 

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

During a closed meeting Thursday, members of the Kishwaukee College Education Association (KCEA) overwhelmingly voted for a work stoppage to begin on Wednesday, January 21st. 

Illinois has a new set of rules for when and how the state can take over failing school districts. It was signed into law Monday by Gov. Pat Quinn before he left office. 

The law, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Heather Steans, re-prioritizes the board’s responsibilities.

“It really is to narrow and make it clear what the criteria are for both intervening in a district -- and exiting.”

It’s not clear how Rauner’s executive order freezing state spending will affect operations at state universities. The three-page order covers all executive branch agencies, including the boards of state universities. 

But U of I spokesman Tom Hardy says they’ll be taking a close look at the directive.

“We like to think that most everything we do has an essential quality to it. But we’re going to work with the governor’s office and our budget people here to get some clarity around the identification of essential versus non-essential spending.”

Kishwaukee College teachers rejected the latest offer from college administrators during a meeting Tuesday.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Spring semester starts today for Kishwaukee College students. And it appears a teacher strike is less likely, after last night’s negotiations between the union and administrators. 

State of Illinois

The Illinois Community College Board backs President Obama's proposal to provide the first two years of community college free to certain students. 

President Obama wants to make two years of community college free for many students nationwide. It's an effort to increase access to higher education, as college continues to get more expensive and student loan debt continues to grow.

Sue Stephens

Kishwaukee College faculty and administration will meet tonight for a negotiation session. 

The faculty, which has been without a contract since August, filed an intent-to-strike form with the state last week. A faculty member told WNIJ the teachers will meet Tuesday to discuss bargaining status. 

The college board also is scheduled to meet Tuesday.

University of Illinois / illinois.edu

The University of Illinois plans to hold basic tuition steady for in-state students enrolling in the fall. Students at the Chicago campus will see an increase for certain majors. That bump is called a “differential.” 

University spokesman Tom Hardy says U of I, like many other colleges, uses differentials on all three campuses to raise money for engineering, business administration, nursing and other subjects for more than a decade.

igrc.org

The first female president in MacMurray College's history is stepping down. 

Colleen Hester will lead the small liberal arts college until after the 2015 commencement.

The school will immediately begin a national search for a new president.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Kishwaukee College faculty members voted down a contract proposal from school administrators today after a two-hour meeting.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The union representing Kishwaukee College teachers says last night’s failed contract negotiations have moved both sides closer to a strike. 

Bogenberger Family Photo

A Cook County judge has thrown out a lawsuit against a fraternity in the death of a Northern Illinois University student.

Beloit College created a memorial fund for Luke Somers, a hostage killed in Yemen during a U.S. rescue attempt. Somers is a graduate of the college.

The fund will honor Somers and his photojournalism, and provide students study abroad opportunities. It would especially benefit students who want to study the people and cultures of the Middle East.

Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University is moving forward on a sweeping plan to deal with sexual assault on campus.

American photojournalist Luke Somers was born in London 33 years ago, but chose Beloit College in Wisconsin for his liberal arts education. Somers was killed during a failed rescue attempt in Yemen.

Flickr user / alamosbasement "old school" (CC BY 2.0)

New statistics released by the Illinois State Board of Education show that more than half of Illinois' public school students are low-income.

Update: NIU's Stevens Building Overhaul Is Halfway There

Sep 23, 2014
Zack Zerndt / WNIJ

Northern Illinois University broke ground Monday on the $27 million expansion of the Stevens Building. The renovation of the university’s home of theater, dance, and anthropology has been on the school’s priority list for years.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The "ramen noodle diet" may once have been a badge of honor for the college student on a strict budget. But now, with changing demographics and skyrocketing education costs, “food insecurity” is being seen as a serious problem on campuses across the nation. 

Freeport School District

Freeport School District Superintendent Roberta Selleck has submitted her resignation to the Freeport School Board.

The Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois PTA have teamed up to offer their first Back To School webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Pages