Leading News Archives April 2018

April 30, 2018
In today’s Leading News, Knoxville CUSD 202 will have more Advanced Placement offerings. A Springfield SD 186 survey indicates the community would support a county school facilities sales tax. Monticello CUSD 25 considers architects for facilities projects. Hinsdale THSD 86 works toward elimination of a "buffer zone" that separates high school attendance areas. Finally in the news, school districts embark on competency-based learning programs.

More AP classes coming for KHS
Robert Connelly, The Register-Mail, Galesburg, April 26

District 186 survey says voters would back sales tax for schools
John Reynolds, State Journal-Register, Springfield, April 29

Architect contract next up for school project
Steve Hoffman, Piatt County Journal Republican, April 24

Hinsdale District 86 School Board ready
to eliminate buffer zone between high schools
Kimberly Fornek, Pioneer Press/The Doings, Hinsdale, April 24

Rantoul Township, Urbana getting feet wet with competency-based learning
Lyndsay Jones, News-Gazette, Champaign, April 26


April 27, 2018
In today’s Leading News, DuQuoin CUSD 300 reached a collective bargaining agreement with its teachers. CPS considers its response to findings of problems in special education policies. Special education advocacy rises in Arlington Heights SD 25 after a disagreement about a school dance. Decatur SD 61 gets updates on its strategic plan. Also in the news, a small school district grows big plans for its farm-to-table cafeteria.

Du Quoin school board, teachers ratify three-year contract
John Homan, DuQuoin Call, April 24

CPS Hopes to Repair Community Trust After Special Education Issues
Matt Masterson, Chicago Tonight, WTTW,April 25

PTA spat over Windsor Elementary School sock hop
inspires special education advocacy
Karen Ann Cullotta, Pioneer Press/Arlington Heights Post, April 25

Decatur school leaders:
Strategic plan offers hope in face of bleak enrollment forecast
Jaylyn Cook, Decatur Herald and Review, April 24

Spring Lake School District plants an orchard to go with its garden
Pam Adams, Pekin Times, April 17


April 26, 2018
In today’s Leading News, school security standards measures are under scrutiny. Florida officials announce that classroom design and communications system flaws contributed to the magnitude of the Parkland school shooting tragedy. Law enforcement is attempting to locate the source of a threat to an event at a Collinsville CUSD 10 school. A CPS high school will be the site of the district’s first active shooter drill, although not during student attendance time. Sycamore CUSD 427 continues a review of its safety and security standards. Finally in the news, an additional safety requirement may require Barrington CUSD 220 students to wear ID lanyards.

Investigators: School design contributed
to massacre in Florida
Terry Spencer, Associated Press/State Journal Register, Springfield, April 25

Police contact FBI, post office to find source
of letter threatening Collinsville dance
Lexi Cortes, Belleville News-Democrat, April 25

Whitney Young to host first CPS active shooter drill Thursday
Mitch Dudek, Sun-Times, Chicago, April 25

Sycamore School District 427's safety procedures review
on board's agenda
Katie Finlon, Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, April 23

Dist. 220 discussing requiring students
to wear IDs on campus
Bob Susnjara, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, April 20

April 24, 2018
A new honors program in Canton Union SD 66 offers distinction for academic effortGlobal Scholars earn recognition in Naperville CUSD 203. Plainfield CCSD 202 pauses a bus-tracking app. Hall THSD 502 in Spring Valley looks towards the sun for power. Also in the news, Metro East schools outline uses for school funding.

Cum Laude recognition proposed
Larry Eskridge, Canton Daily Ledger, April 18

Global Scholar students to present talks on international projects
Marie Wilson, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, April 22

Plainfield parents concerned about bus tracking app
Vendor temporarily shut down app
Alex Ortiz, Joliet Herald-News, April 23

Solar energy could save money for Hall High
Becky Kramer, Bureau County Republican, April 20

Local schools find varied uses for new money
under overhauled state formula
Kelsey Schulz, The Telegraph, Alton, April 21


April 23, 2018
In today’s Leading News, Urbana SD 116 makes changes after discipline data show more discipline referrals and harsher punishments for students of color. The Sun-Times watchdog team questions CPS’s custodial and janitorial deal with Aramark. East Aurora USD 131 reconsiders its daycare program. Pontiac-area school districts agree on transportation sharing.  Finally in the news, several Illinois districts had students participate in the April 20 school walkout to protest gun violence.

Discipline disparity prompts change at Urbana schools
Lyndsay Jones, News-Gazette, Champaign, April 22

Reward for dirty schools? $259 million more
from the Chicago Public Schools
Lauren FitzPatrick, Chicago Sun-Times, April 21

East Aurora to close high school day care program for teen parents
Sarah Freishtat, The Beacon-News, Aurora, April 18

Dist. 429 approves bus transport agreement
Luke Smucker, Pontiac Daily Leader, April 20

'How many people have to die before we do something?'
Once again, Chicago area students walk out for gun reform
Suzannne Baker, Steve Schering, Sarah Freishtat, and Gregory Pratt, Chicago Tribune, April 20


April 20, 2018
In today’s Leading News, proposed Illinois legislation would replace armed school security officers with social workers and behavioral therapists, while the discussion on arming school personnel continues.. Another legislative proposal would allow students to apply sunscreen and wear hats as preventatives against dangerous skin cancers. The Herald-Whig reports local reaction to the bill signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner that makes it easier for out-of-state individuals to teach in Illinois. Finally in the news, another round of student walkouts is expected today.

Bill: Put therapists, not armed security, in Illinois schools
Sarah Zimmerman, AP/State Journal-Register, Springfield, April 19

Schools consider teachers carrying guns
Jennifer Jensen, WCIA, Champaign, April 19

Students May Be Free To Slather Sunscreen, Wear Hats
Dusty Rhodes, WUIS Education Desk, Springfield, April 17

Illinois school districts get 'much-needed help' in recruiting teachers
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, April 12

U46 students planning walkout Friday despite discipline warnings
Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, April 18


April 19, 2018
In today’s Leading News, The Southern Illinoisan reports on local districts receiving their first payments under the state’s new funding formula, and the Northwest Herald covers the story for McHenry County school districts. A state panel announces its findings of a review of CPS’s special education policies. A local story about a gay marriage conversation has gone national. Finally in the news, with another national student walkout scheduled for tomorrow, are social media and civics education fueling the movement?

Schools receive first payment of evidence-based tier funding
Marilyn Halstead, The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, April 18

State funding to provide additional $7.26M for McHenry County schools
New evidence-based formula creates ‘equitable’ funding
Megan Jones, Northwest Herald, Chicago suburbs, April 17

State panel: Overhaul worsened
Chicago Public Schools' special education program
Juan Perez Jr., Chicago Tribune, April 18

Gay Illinois Teacher Sparks Debate With Tolerance Talk
AP/Northern Public Radio, April 18

As students plan another walkout, experts credit 
Social media and civics classes for activism
Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, April 15


April 18, 2018
In today’s Leading News, read about schools working with and throughout their local communities. Springfield SD 186 is teaming with Sangamon County to offer health care services to employees. In Quincy, future kindergartners get a taste of what’s next. Woodstock CUSD 200 considers adding a second school resource officer. Sherrard CUSD 200’s Winonla Elementary School in Viola has a new school speed limit sign. Also in the news, Rockford Public Schools and Rockford Bell Credit Union will partner to open a branch in a Guilford High School classroom, with students working as “tellers, bookkeepers, computer operators, branch managers and marketing managers.”

District 186, Sangamon County combine
to offer health services to employees
John Reynolds, State Journal-Register, Springfield, April 15

Parents, students get taste of kindergarten
in new Quincy learning communities
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, April 13

Woodstock School District 200 seeking 2nd resource officer
Brittany Keeperman, Northwest Herald, Chicago suburbs, April 12

Viola sign reminds drivers of slower speed zone
Cala Smoldt, Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, March 29

Illinois High School to Start On-Campus Credit Union
AP/U.S. News and World Report, March 30


April 17, 2018
In today’s Leading News, the Daily Chronicle looks at the proposed legislation to shift the pension burden from the state to those districts passes. Alton CUSD 11 teachers consider a strike. the Illinois Attorney General’s Office ruled last week that Elgin-based School District U-46 did not violate the Open Meetings Act during a closed session. Many CPS schools seek more Local School Council candidates. Finally in the news, Central CUSD 301 in Burlington copes with a gay marriage discussion.

Schools face heavy burden with proposed pension obligation shift
By Drew Zimmerman, Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, April 16

Alton teachers say they'll strike if not given a raise
Brittney Verner, KSDK St. Louis, April 17

U46 board didn't violate state law
when members discussed social media use,
Attorney General's Office rules
Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, April 15

Majority of CPS schools don’t have enough
Local School Council candidates
Lauren FitzPatrick and Tanveer Ali, Chicago Sun-Times, April 16

Supporters rally for gay teacher amid discrimination claims
after he told 1st-graders about same-sex marriage
Amanda Marrazzo, Chicago Tribune, April 17


April 13, 2018
In today’s Leading News, Benesenville SD 2 reaches a tentative contract agreement with its teachers. Effingham CUSD 40 learns of a new teaching model. Danville CCSD 118 continues a dress code discussion. Another suburban school distrct considers transportation cuts. Finally in the news, East Moline SD 37 reports a curious spike in absences.

Bensenville teachers, board reach tentative agreement
Justin Kmitch, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, April 12

Unit 40 teachers present new teaching model
Keith Stewart, Effingham Daily News, April 12

D118 hears results of dress code survey
Carol Roehm, Danville Commercial-News, April 11

Up to 200 students may lose bus service
with District 181 budget cut
Chuck Fieldman, Pioneer Press/The Doings, Hinsdale, April 10

Millions now know East Moline boys were at Cubs game
Jim Meenan, Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, April 11


April 12, 2018
In today’s Leading News, CPS sees steady numbers in the "Nation’s Report Card" results released this week. Champaign CUSD 4 continues discussions of a proposed charter school. Evanston THSD 202 considers a policy change after an issue of the student newspaper was removed early in the school year. Also in the news, “Some people learn best by going through the motions of what they're learning,” and studying trade fields leads to apprenticeships in Decatur and accreditation classes in Algonquin.

CPS students hold steady on Nation's Report Card
Lauren FitzPatrick, Chicago Sun-Times, April 10

Unit 4 board grills charter-school proponents about gaps in plan
Lyndsay Jones, News-Gazette, Champaign, April 9

Evanston high school District 202 considering policy change
following student newspaper confiscation
Genevieve Bookwalter, Pioneer Press/Evanston News, April 12

Finding college not for them, some Decatur students turn to trades
Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, April 9

Algonquin-based School District 300 to offer welding accreditation
Megan Jones, Northwest Herald, Chicago suburbs, April 10

April 11, 2018
In today’s Leading News, annual data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress was released, and U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Education says the country needs to do better for its students. The Illinois Senate considers a plan for the study LBGT history. With the release of state funds, Danville CCSD 118 says it's not a boon. A new federal program offers “panic button” grants. Also in the news, Maine THSD 207 may consider a change to a high school's mascot names.

DeVos laments lack of progress seen in US students
Associated Press/Chicago Sun-Times, April 10

Illinois Senate plan would include LGBT history in schools
Sarah Zimmerman, Associated Press/Belleville News-Democrat, April 10

District 118 won't see new money from state aid reform
Carol Roehm, Danville Commercial-News, April 1

North suburban schools consider panic buttons
after grant program approved
Steve Sadin, Pioneer Press/Deerfield Review, April 9

Maine West High School re-examining American Indian mascot
after social media criticism
John Keilman, Chicago Tribune, April 5


April 10, 2018
In today’s Leading News, some regional offices of education are using federal grants to focus on school leadership. Janitors that clean Chicago Public Schools have threatened to strike if more custodians are not added to help with maintenance duties. Districts throughout state are learning precisely how much more education funding they will receive under the Evidence-Based Funding formula.

Federal grants pave way for school leadership work
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, April 9

Schools janitors strike back
Lauren FitzPatrick, Chicago Sun-Times, April 5

Students, teachers to see millions of dollars
in new funding this week — finally
Tina Sfondeles, Chicago Sun-Times, April 8

Rockford to receive $8.6M more in state funding for schools
Corina Curry, Rockford Register-Star, April 5

Decatur schools will receive $2.3M more

in state funding under new formula
John Reidy, Herald & Review, Decatur, April 5


April 9, 2018
In today’s Leading News, a Downers Grove town hall discussion explored standardized testing concerns. Scientist Jane Goodall addressed an audience of girls in chimpanzee to kick off the noted primatologist's talk to Chicago District 299 students. Research suggests more children may be transgender than previously thought; examining ninth- and 11th-grade students, a new study indicates that nearly 3% are transgender or "gender nonconforming." Rockford city officials have adopted new goals for Head Start, putting higher priority on full-day kindergarten, but perhaps cutting as many as 36 jobs.

Bob Rakow, Suburban Life, Chicago suburbs, April 4

Jane Goodall says ‘good morning’
in chimpanzee before talk to CPS students
Stefano Esposito, Chicago Sun-Times, April 4

More teens identify as transgender, study shows
Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press/Chicago Tribune, April 3

Rockford City Council OKs new Head Start goals
Corina Curry, Rockford Register Star, April 2


April 6, 2018
In today’s Leading News, schools will begin to see additional money that was part of the Evidence-Based Funding formula approved by lawmakers last year. The amounts of new education dollars vary from district-to-district, but all schools are expected to see some form of funding increase. U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos met with a group of educators to discuss a recent report showing racial disparities are a continuing problem in school discipline. Algonquin School District 300 has joined a state pilot program to test competency-based high school graduation requirements.

New school funding money to finally be released 
Brenden Moore and Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, Springfield, April 5

Why suburban school districts will be getting
$395 million more in funding
 

Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago Suburbs, April 6

Here’s how much more money your child's school will get this year
Lexi Cortes, Bellville News-Democrat, April 5

DeVos joins debate on racial inequities in school discipline 

Associated Press, Chicago Sun-Times, April 4

Algonquin-based School District 300 joins
statewide competency-based pilot program
 

Megan Jones, Northwest Herald, April 3

April 5, 2018
In today’s Leading News, gubernatorial candidate J.D. Pritzker says he’d doesn’t support the new private school scholarship tax credit. Amboy CUSD 272 plans its next steps while awaiting official results to last month’s referendum vote. NPR Illinois’ Education Desk reports on the climate and culture of Noble Charter Schools, and why teachers are leaving. Oak Park SD 97 discusses student transportation. Finally in the news, Bloomington-area educators speak out within the nationwide discussion of teacher salaries and shortages.


April 4, 2018
In today’s Leading News, Collinsville CUSD 10 hopes for state funding clarity as it works towards a teachers contract. Quincy SD 172 discusses performance pay. Citing "unhealthy pressure," students ask West Aurora USD 129 for a change in the system for selecting valedictorian. Peoria-area athletic programs benefit from onsite trainers. Finally in the news, the Associate Press takes another look at students using cellphones during school hours. 

Collinsville teachers have been working without a contract all school year
Lexi Cortes, Belleville News-Democrat, March 28

School Board plans more discussion on performance pay
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, March 27

West Aurora asked to change valedictorian system
due to 'unhealthy pressure' on students
Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, April 3

Trainers provide knowledge, peace of mind
for Peoria-area sports programs
Stan Morris, Peoria Journal Star, March 22

Cellphones gaining acceptance inside US schools
Carolyn Thompson, AP/ Decatur Herald and Review, April 2

April 3, 2018
In today’s Leading News, education headlines from the past week include Illinois State Police driving home the distracted driving message. THSD 113 (Highland Park) releases closed session information that did not qualify for the OMA exemption. CPS’s admissions process has eighth-graders learning what high school they will go to. A sensory room – with a calming and an active area -- will offer benefits to elementary students in Sherrard CUSD 200. Also in the news, Palatine CCSD 15 considers inclusion for students with food allergies

State police drive home distracted driving message to students
Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, March 31

District 113 releases portion of closed session meeting minutes
on 'student incidents'
Karen Berkowitz, Pioneer Press/Highland Park News, April 2

One in five applicants to selective CPS high schools
got a top three choice
Lauren FitzPatrick, Chicago Sun-Times, March 31

Sensory room will aid Winola students
Cala Smoldt, Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, March 29

District 15 wants 'inclusive practices'
for students with severe food allergies
Bob Susnjara, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, March 28

April 2, 2018
In today’s Leading News, a court decision could change the payments school districts make to local charter schools. The Ottawa Times looks at local school district pension data. Monticello CUSD 25 considers safety and security updates. Chester CUSD 139 discusses a switch to at-large elections. Finally in the news, Peoria Public Schools receives a grant to help children and adult survivors of violence.

Appellate decision for Gurnee, Mundelein school districts
could 'definitely have impact' on Prairie Crossing Charter School
Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, March 30

Study: Streator district gets raw deal
David Giuliani, Ottawa Times, March 31

Monticello school board thinks safety again
Amanda Gleason, Piatt County Journal Republican, March 28

Chester school board eyes switching to 'at-large' elections
Randolph County Herald-Tribune, March 28

Peoria Public Schools, OSF win $1.1 million grant for trauma victims
Pam Adams, Peoria Journal-Star, March 27


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