Leading News Archives July 2018

July 31, 2018
In today’s Leading News, two takes on PA 100-0421, the Accelerated Placement Act, which provides the possibility for “early entrance to kindergarten or first grade, accelerating a student in a single subject, compacting curriculum, concurrent enrollment, credit by examination, online learning courses, Advanced Placement courses, International Baccalaureate programs, grade acceleration, grade telescoping, and early high school graduation” for Illinois public school students. A CPS watchdog report discloses another accusation of improper dealing during the tenure of a former CEO. The student accused of a shooting at Mattoon High School waives a jury trial. Also in the news, a court will allow a lawsuit against Metamora CCSD 1, stemming from a racially-charged incident, to proceed.

New Illinois law requires schools to have policy
accommodating academically gifted students
Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, Chicago and suburbs, July 30

Go Ahead Of The Class
Dusty Rhodes, WUIS Education Desk, Springfield, July 30

Company used convicted Chicago schools chief in
'highly unethical' work to win millions in CPS business, watchdog finds
Juan Perez Jr., Chicago Tribune, July 31

Mattoon High School shooting suspect waives jury trial
Jarad Jarmon, Journal Gazette and Times Courier, Charleston/Mattoon, July 27

Federal court denies school district's request
to dismiss Metamora father's lawsuit
Kevin Schwaller and Eugene Daniel, WMBD-TV, Peoria, July 24

July 30, 2018
In today’s Leading News, Elgin-based School District U-46 considers adding a ROTC program. Quincy Public Schools, with unfilled positions, increases salary for school psychologists. Ground is broken in Waltham CCSD 185 to end the district's "space crunch." Bradford CUSD 1 joins many Illinois districts in considering SRO options.  Finally in the news, cursive is back.

U-46 looks at offering ROTC:
Why some suburban high schools say it's needed
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, July 28

Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, July 27

Tom Collins, LaSalle News Tribune, July 26

Tammy Wilkinson, Kewanee Star Courier, July 25

Cursive Writing Coming Back to CPS Elementary Schools
Matt Masterson, WTTW, Chicago, July 24

July 27, 2018
In today’s Leading News, Mattoon CUSD 2 considers participation in an ISBE competency-based learning program pilot. Yorkville CUSD 115 comes out against a one percent sales tax in Kendall County. Community High SD 99 (Downers Grove) will have a cooler start to the school year. Teutopolis CUSD 50 considers costs for improving a 1929 school building. Also in the news, A University of Illinois-Chicago program aims to recruit male elementary education majors of color.

Mattoon school officials in support of big change to school learning
Journal Gazette and Times Courier, Charleston/Mattoon, July 9

BREAKING: Yorkville Board of Education
opposes sales tax referendum
Kendall County Now, July 24

Air conditioning to greet District 99 students on first day of school
Bob Rakow, Suburban Life Publications, July 24

Teutopolis officials address repairs for school built in 1929
Graham Milldrum, Effingham Daily News, July 20

Possible key to black boys' academic success:
Hire black men as elementary school teachers
Ted Gregory, Chicago Tribune, July 25

July 26, 2018
In today’s Leading News, Chicago Public Schools approve a $6 billion budget that includes a $285 million spending increase. Princeton Elementary saw pre-K funding restored after initially being denied the grant. The Oak Park District 97 board recently approved a new student equity policy. Dixon High School has plans to convert the district’s curriculum from paper to digital with a new one-to-one device program. As school security continues to be a top concern, some districts are turning to facial recognition technology to increase safety.

CPS approves $6 billion operating budget
amid concerns from civic, disability groups

Juan Perez Jr., Chicago Tribune, July 25

Princeton Elementary gets good news for pre-K program
Kim Shute, LaSalle News Tribune, July 24

With 'very little fanfare, Oak Park District 97
approves new student equity policy

Steve Schering, Pioneer Press/Oak Leaves, Oak Park, July 24

A curriculum reboot: Dixon High School
wants to upgrade to computer-based learning

Gavin T. Jensen, Sauk Valley News, July 23

Schools eye facial recognition technology to boost security
Carolyn Thompson, AP/Chicago Sun-Times, July 23

July 25, 2018
In today’s Leading News, there is talk of TIFs impacting Riverton CUSD 14 and Effingham CUSD 40, and the Tribune looks at where Cook County TIF money goes. Also in the news, Elgin-based School District U-46 will review travel expense policies. Peoria Public Schools eases the school registration process with multiple locations.

Riverton schools, park board speak against Lumber Lane TIF
Crystal Thomas, State Journal-Register, Springfield, July 25

Unit 40 board hears how development tools delay funding
Dawn Schabbing, Effingham Daily News, July 24

Nearly a third of city property tax collections diverted
into special taxing districts
Hal Dardick, Chicago Tribune, July 24

U-46 board to review guidelines for travel expenses
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, July 24

Registration hubs convenient for Peoria Public Schools families
Thomas Bruch, Peoria Journal Star, July 24

July 24, 2018
In today’s Leading News, Highland CUSD 5 seeks community input for its strategic plan; and Stark Co CUSD 100 engages in goal-setting. The Charleston CUSD 1 board considers state requirements for social and emotional learning. The village of Arlington Heights considers a revising code to charge fines to parents for truant students. Also in the news, many northwest suburban teachers take a free firearm training class.

Highland School District looks to the community
for help with strategic planning
Megan Braa, Belleville News-Democrat, July 20

Retreat sets a goal-setting tone
Tammy Wilkinson, Kewanee Star Courier, July 19

Charleston board hears
about district's social emotional learning program
Dave Fopay, Journal Gazette and Times Courier, Charleston/Mattoon, July 1

Arlington Heights could fine parents for truant kids
Christopher Placek, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, July 19

Throes [sic] Of Suburban Teachers Enroll In Free Gun Training
Charlie De Mar, CBS-2, Chicago, July 23

July 23, 2018
In today’s Leading News, residents raise concerns about a plan to close Crete-Monee CUSD 201U elementary schools. Chester-East Lincoln CCSD 61 considers moving to at-large elections for school board members. Also in the news, media statewide are covering the release of school district disciplinary data; ISBE has notified districts of patterns of racial disparity.

Residents say Crete-Monee district's plan to shutter 4 schools is racist
Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, Chicago and suburbs, July 21

CEL district discusses school board changes
Jean Ann Miller, Lincoln Courier, July 20

Discipline Data: Hard To Get, Harder To Ignore
Dusty Rhodes, WUIS Education Desk, Springfield, July 20

5 area districts listed for racial disparities in discipline practices
Lyndsay Jones, News-Gazette, Champaign, July 23

West Aurora suspension rate ranks in top 20 percent
for 3 straight years, state says
Sarah Freishtat, The Beacon-News, Aurora, July 20

July 20, 2018
In today’s Leading News, Elmhurst CUSD 205’s referendum discussion includes facilities work that would add all-day kindergarten. Canton Union SD 66 approves the job description for a facilities and grounds management position. CPS’s bond rating improves. Champaign CUSD 4 student lunch accounts in arrears are paid with community kindness. Also in the news, students at CHSD 128 in Vernon Hills propose the answer, my friend, to the cost of lighting district athletic fields

How all-day kindergarten would affect
tax-hike referendum in Dist. 205
Robert Sanchez, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, July 19

School board approves job description
Larry Eskridge, Canton Daily Ledger, July 18

Bond ratings for Chicago and Chicago Public Schools
a tad less junky
Fran Spielman, Chicago Sun-Times, July 17

Student-lunch debts at 3 Champaign schools erased with crowdfunding
Lyndsay Jones, News-Gazette, Champaign, July 19

Video pitch for 'energy farm' video wows Vernon Hills officials
Mick Zawislak, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, July 19

July 19, 2018
In today’s Leading News, balanced calendar classrooms are open for the year at two Springfield SD 186 elementary schools. Work progresses on summer facilities work in Kewanee SD 229. Peoria Public Schools holds a job fair. CUSD 308 in Oswego considers a County Schools Facilities Sales Tax referendum. Also in the news, “Mr. Map,” retired principal Gene Alexander, has painted a U.S. map on hundreds of playgrounds.

School’s in for Springfield students on balanced calendar
Tamara Browning, State Journal-Register, Springfield, July 18

Kewanee schools tackling several work projects
Mike Helenthal, Kewanee Star Courier, July 17

To help fill teaching positions, PPS holds job fair
Cody Scheiver, WMBD, Peoria, July 17

SD308 Board moves closer to placing sales tax on Nov. 6 ballot
Shea Lazansky, Kendall County Now, July 17

Meet the Map Guy, a retired Benton principal
who's painted hundreds of playground maps
Marilyn Halstead, The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, June 26

July 18, 2018
In today’s Leading news, St. Joseph CCSD 169 and St. Joseph-Ogden CHSD 305 look at the topics covered in a potential consolidation study. Hinsdale THSD 86 considers a referendum. Eight of the original students in a Township HSD 211 (Palatine) mentoring program have received college degrees. DuQuoin CUSD 300 balances its budget. Also in the news, McLean Co Unit District 5 welcomes new members and plans improvements to a special education facility.

St. Joseph-Ogden, Grade School districts moving ahead
with consolidation study
Nora Maberry-Daniels, News-Gazette, Champaign, July 17

Hinsdale District 86 considers $164 million referendum,
including a $24 million pool at Central
Kimberly Fornek, Pioneer Press/The Doings, Hinsdale, July 13

Mentor program for District 211 alumni celebrates first college grads
Eric Peterson, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, July 14

Du Quoin School Dist. achieves balanced budget again
John D. Homan, DuQuoin Call, July 17

Unit 5 welcomes new board members, approves Colene Hoose bid
Julia Evelsizer, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, July 12

July 17, 2018
In today’s Leading News, read about new safety and security measures in Oglesby ESD 125 include panic buttons with immediate access to law enforcement. Marshall CUSD 2C has agreed with its local city government to add a school resource officer. CPS will add social workers and case managers “to help ensure students receive services to which they are entitled through individual special education plans.” Park Ridge-Niles SD 64 will ask for proposals for security-related building upgrades. Also in the news, Illinois Public Media’s Education Desk compares the Illinois Terrorism Task Force’s recommendations with recent federal guidelines.

Key fobs, panic buttons come to Oglesby Schools
Ali Braboy, LaSalle News-Tribune, July 11

Marshall Schools Will Receive A SRO
WTHI-TV, Terre Haute (Ind.), July 16

Citing 'firmer' budget and sex abuse scandal,
CPS to hire 250 social workers, case managers
Juan Perez Jr., Chicago Tribune, July 16

District 64 board moves forward with efforts
to amp up security at four schools
Heather Cherone, Pioneer Press/Park Ridge Herald-Advocate, July 16

Terrorism Task Force Takes On School Safety
Dusty Rhodes, WUIS Education Desk, Springfield, July 17

July 16, 2018
In today’s Leading News, Sherrard CUSD 200 reaches a contract with its teachers. West Aurora USD 129 plans a career development center. Rockford’s closed Walker Elementary School is torn down. In Champaign CUSD 4, students and classrooms will be on the move. Finally in the news, a Florida commission reveals findings from an investigation into the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Sherrard signs 3-year pact with teachers
Cala Smoldt, Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, July 13

West Aurora OKs nearly $3.9 million bid
for construction of career development center
Linda Girardi, The Beacon-News, Aurora, July 11

Demolition begins on Walker, one of Rockford’s oldest schools
Corina Curry, Rockford Register Star, July 10

For Champaign school district, it's a summer of relocation
Lyndsay Jones, News-Gazette, Champaign, July 13

4 crucial lessons police learned from Fla. school massacre
Terry Spencer, Associated Press/State Journal-Register, Springfield, July 15

July 12, 2018
In today’s Leading News, Rockford-area media consider the shortage of teachers and the move to recruit more substitutes, while Danville looks for more special education teachers. School districts consider summer use of facilities. Elmhurst CUSD 205 officials will survey its community regarding a property tax increase for facilities work. Also in the news, a grant leads to a new agriculture initiative, including a "Living Science" farm in Decatur.

Illinois to license short-term substitutes to combat teacher shortage
WQFR, Rockford, July 3

District 118 still looking for special education teachers
Jacqueline Francis, WCCU, Champaign, July 11

Aside from tracks, high school exercise facilities
remain largely off limits to Southland community in summer
C.R. Walker, Daily Southtown, Chicago and suburbs, July 10

To tax or not to tax? Dist. 205 will poll before deciding
Robert Sanchez, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, July 2

Living Science farm at Enterprise School helping ag academy take root
Valerie Wells, Herald and Review, Decatur, July 9

July 11, 2018
In today’s Leading News, Quincy SD 172 teachers move into new classrooms. CPS facesmultiple problems in its effort to clean up schools. Bloomington-area school districts engage in summer building projects. St. Charles CUSD 303 considers the pros and cons of artificial turf. Also in the news, turning to the sun in Spring Valley CCSD 99.

QPS teachers move into new classrooms
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, July 10

1 in 4 Chicago schools fails in new inspections
spurred by dirty schools reports
Lauren FitzPatrick, Chicago Sun-Times, July 3

School project: Area schools see major summer construction
Julia Evelsizer, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, July 6

District 303 board gives initial OK to turf field
for Thompson Middle School
Lauren Rohr, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, July 10

Solar energy still being considered for JFK School
Becky Kramer, Bureau County Republican, June 26

July 10, 2018
In today’s Leading News, in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus decision, NPR Illinois’ Education Desk reports on teachers being offered “union alternatives” and EdWeek reports the National Education Association is expecting membership loss. East Aurora USD 131 data shows increased middle school attendance after the district instituted bus routes. Fisher CUSD 1 offers more pay to substitute teachers. Also in the news, Paw Paw CUSD 271 considers an intergovernmental agreement for student classes at Indian Creek SD 425.

'Union Alternatives' Woo Illinois Teachers
Dusty Rhodes, WUIS Education Desk, Springfield, July 9

The Largest Teachers' Union Predicts
a 14 Percent Membership Loss Over Two Years
Madeline Will, Education Week, July 1

East Aurora busing likely boosted middle school attendance,
district says
Sarah Freishtat, The Beacon-News, Aurora, July 6

Fisher school board OKs increase in substitute teacher pay
Carol Thilmony, Rantoul Press, July 5

Paw Paw School Board discusses
intergovernmental agreement and sports co-op
Mendota Reporter, July 7

July 9, 2018
In today’s Leading News, The Southern Illinoisan looks at this year’s distribution of ISBE Early Childhood Block Grants and the impact on its local school district programs. McHenry CHSD 156 reaches a contract agreement with its teachers; talks continue amicably in Palatine-based Township HSD 211. Finally in the news, Governor Bruce Rauner comments on the proposed minimum wage increase for teachers; SB 2892 awaits his action. 

Early Childhood Block Grant process poses problems
for superintendents
Marilyn Halstead, The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, July 8

Jonesboro Elementary District loses preschool grant,
votes to suspend preschool
Marilyn Halstead, The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, July 8

McHenry School District 156 OKs collective bargaining agreement,
superintendent's contract
Brittany Keeperman, Northwest Herald, Chicago suburbs, July 6

District 211 teachers contract late, but both sides happy so far
Eric Peterson, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 29

Rauner warns teacher wage hike could 'bankrupt' school districts
Mark Maxwell, WCIA, Champaign, July 8

July 3, 2018
In today’s Leading News, teachers unions are submitting petitions urging state lawmakers to reverse the salary increase cap. Conflicting messages stemming from Peoria Public School data on police incidents have led to discussion and calls for additional communication. School districts in Will County approve resolutions for the county schools facility tax. Summer facilities work in Gifford CCSD 188 includes repairing tornado damage from 2013. Finally in the news, future teachers get classroom experience in Mattoon CUSD 2’s summer programs.

Unions Petition To Reverse Pension Cap
Dusty Rhodes, WUIS Education Desk, Springfield, July 3

Peoria city councilman starts a fight over discipline
at Peoria Public Schools
Pam Adams, Peoria Journal-Star, June 28

Lincoln-Way, Manhattan support push for school sales tax referendum
Susan DeMar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, Chicago and suburbs, June 29

Summer work, including new roof, progressing at Gifford Grade School
Dave Hinton, Rantoul Press, June 26

College students teach summer classes at Mattoon schools
Rob Stroud, Journal Gazette and Times Courier, Charleston/Mattoon, June 28

July 2, 2018
In today’s Leading News, WBEZ reports on cuts to preschool funding. One facet of Decatur Public Schools’ mew strategic plan seeks to change a negative perception that “clashes with the reality of the public school system.” Meanwhile, West Aurora takes up a battle against negative reviews on a ratings website. Quincy seeks to put properties on the auction block. Also in the news, an appellate court will decide if a student's "locker room case" will continue after her graduation.

Dozens Of Illinois School Districts See Preschool Cuts
Even As State Boosts Spending
Linda Lutton, WBEZ, Chicago, June 29

For Decatur public schools, a focus on changing the perception
Tom Lisi, Decatur Herald and Review, July 2

West Aurora says 'unfair' rating on website
causing damage to high school, community
Sarah Freishtat, The Beacon-News, Aurora, June 29

Quincy School Board looking at auction firms for school building sales
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, June 27

Appellate court considers locker room case
from former Palatine High transgender student
Elyssa Cherney, Chicago Tribune, June 27

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