Leading News Archives March 2018

March 29, 2018
In today’s Leading news, the Decatur Herald and Review profiles the area’s female superintendents. Jacksonville SD 117 looks to improve student safety in light of new school boundariesPoor conditions found in some CPS schools raise alarm. Waukegan SD 60 passes a safe haven resolution. Finally in the news, Morton CUSD 709 adds a full-day kindergarten option.

Female superintendents juggle home and family — plus a district
Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, March 30

District exploring school-routes safety
Samantha McDaniel-Ogletree, Jacksonville Journal-Courier, March 25

Emanuel ‘beyond outraged’ at school conditions;
black aldermen call for action
Lauren FitzPatrick and Fran Spielman, Chicago Sun-Times, March 29

Waukegan District 60 passes safe haven resolution
aimed at reassuring immigrant students, families
Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, March 24

Full-day kindergarten ‘an amazing step forward for Morton’
Steven Stein, Peoria Journal-Star, March 25


March 28, 2018
In today’s Leading News, revised projections indicate the CPS pension fund is more underfunded than expected. St. Charles CUSD 303 plans security-related improvements. Decatur-area students explore careers. Hononegah CHSD 207 reopens its superintendent search. Finally in the news, Lane Tech High School in Chicago hosted Apple’s latest product unveiling.

Chicago Public Schools' huge pension debt just got $1 billion deeper,
new estimates show
Juan Perez Jr., Chicago Tribune, March 27

St. Charles schools eye $1 million in security upgrades at main-entrances
Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, March 27

Jobs Expo offers one-stop applications for high school students
Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, March 26

Hononegah dismisses finalists, restarts superintendent search
Corina Curry, Rockford Register Star, March 26

Apple puts its stamp on Lane Tech for product launch event
Mitch Dudek, Chicago Sun-Times, March 27


March 27, 2018
In today’s Leading News, the Daily Herald continues the conversation about school buildings serving as polling places. In Mendota CCSA 289, more students are graduating early. Effingham CUSD 40 contract negotiations continue. Belleville THSD 201 is watchlisted after purchasing buses. Also on the news, custodians ask CPS to make sure they are supplied with cleaning materials.

Will security-conscious schools elect to opt out as polling places?
Eric Peterson, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, March 27

Early graduation requests on the rise in Mendota?
Tamara Abbey, LaSalle News-Tribune, March 20

Unit 40 teachers, community address board
in support of new contract
Keith Stewart, Effingham Daily News, March 26

Here’s why a Belleville school district made financial watch list
after buying buses
Lexi Cortes, Belleville News-Democrat, March 22

School custodians say they’re tired of buying own supplies,
ask CPS for help
Annie Costabile, Chicago Sun-Times, March 22

March 26, 2018
In today’s Leading News, the final law needed to implement educational funding reform in Illinois was signed by Governor Bruce Rauner on Friday. Mt. Pulaski CUD 23 seeks a plan to pay for school repairs after a referendum failed to pass. THSD 225 will add after-hours security at Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South high schools. Indian Creek SD 425 deliberates an agreement with Paw Paw CUSD 271. Finally in the news, IMSA considers accepting out-of-state, tuition-paying students.

Rauner signature frees up schools
to get money in April under new formula
Lauren FitzPatrick, Chicago Sun-Times, March 23

Mt. Pulaski moves forward with repairs
after building bonds are voted down
Amanda Henderson, WRSP, Springfield, March 23

Glenbrook 225 to add security guards during after-school hours
Alexandra Kukulka, Pioneer Press/Glenview Announcements, March 22

Indian Creek holds special school board meeting
Mendota Reporter, March 24

Math and Science Academy Hopes To Cash In
On Out-Of-State Students
Dusty Rhodes, WUIS Education Desk, Springfield, March 22

March 23, 2018
In today’s Leading News, one Illinois district is finding savings by ending certain extra-duty staff assignments. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has indicated that a federal school safety commission will be chaired by herself and three other cabinet secretaries. In other school safety news, one report suggests that urban schools are less likely to suffer mass shooting events because of enhanced security measures. The Decatur School District recently held a unique professional development opportunity that consisted of a district-wide teachers institute with more than 800 in attendance. Finally in the news, Alton teachers rejected the school district’s latest contract offer.

Quincy School Board cuts extra-duty stipends for 2018-19
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, March 21

DeVos: School safety panel will have 4 Cabinet secretaries
Associated Press, Chicago Sun-Times, March 20

With security measures, urban schools avoid mass shootings
Corey Williams, Associated Press, Chicago Sun-Times, March 19

Shared wisdom:
Conference brings entire Decatur School District together
Valerie Wells, Herald & Review, Decatur, March 20

Alton teachers reject newest contract offer from district
Kelsey Schulz, The Telegraph, Alton, March 22

March 22, 2018
In today’s Leading News, election results show voters split on questions related to school finance that appeared on the March 20 ballot. Community District 99 approved a bond issue with more that 60 percent of voters in favor, but a Pennoyer SD 79 building bond referendum failed after receiving a little more than 33 percent of the vote. County School Facilities Sales Tax proposals also saw split decisions. Woodford and Richland counties both approved penny per dollar increases, while Vermillion and Madison counties fell short.

$136 Million District 99 Bond Issue Passes 
Gianna Annunzio, Norridge-Harwood Heights News, Pioneer Press, March 21
Pam Adams, Journal Star, Peoria, March 21

Illinois Primary Election 2018 
MyWabashValley.com, Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc., March 21  
Noelle McGee, The News-Gazette, Champaign, March 21

Madison County sales tax increase fails for third time 
Lexi Cortes, Bellville News-Democrat, March 20

March 21, 2018
In today’s Leading News, read about curriculum happenings in the state: agriculture is reaping benefits, early morning physical education is on the rise, English language learning blooms at Spring Valley, art and more art in public schools, and library cards are on the way for students in Bloomington and Normal schools. Referendum results will be posted with tomorrow's news.

Ag Education growing at Olympia High School
Jean Ann Miller, Lincoln Courier, March 16

Hoopeston Area adds early PE class
Carol Hicks, Danville Commercial-News, March 2

Two bilingual teachers making a difference
in Spring Valley’s ESL program
Tom Collins, LaSalle News Tribune, March 9

Committee recommends new QHS art course
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, March 20

Artist donates time and expertise to bring art to Garfield students
Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, March 16

Access to stacks: B-N schools, libraries partner to give cards to students
Julia Evelsizer, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, March 19

March 21, 2018
In today’s Leading News, read about curriculum happenings in the state: agriculture is reaping benefits, early morning physical education is on the rise, English language learning blooms at Spring Valley, art and more art in public schools, and library cards are on the way for students in Bloomington and Normal schools. Referendum results will be posted with tomorrow's news.

Ag Education growing at Olympia High School
Jean Ann Miller, Lincoln Courier, March 16

Hoopeston Area adds early PE class
Carol Hicks, Danville Commercial-News, March 2

Two bilingual teachers making a difference
in Spring Valley’s ESL program
Tom Collins, LaSalle News Tribune, March 9

Committee recommends new QHS art course
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, March 20

Artist donates time and expertise to bring art to Garfield students
Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, March 16

Access to stacks: B-N schools, libraries partner to give cards to students
Julia Evelsizer, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, March 19

March 20, 2018
In today’s Leading News, Quincy SD 172 may need to move money into its transportation fund. In the Pontiac area, three school districts work on a transportation co-op. CPS bans a bus company that was accused of over-billing. Also in the news, Indian Prairie CUSD 204 will have a bus-tracking app in the next school year, and a Champaign CUSD 4 program would allow parents to see when and where their kids were on and off the school bus.

Quincy Public Schools looks for resources to boost transportation fund
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, March 19

Dist. 429 joins Dists. 90, 438 in transport co-op
Luke Smucker, Pontiac Daily Leader, March 16

Watchdogs Update: CPS finally moves to ban clouted bus company
Dan Mihalopoulos and Lauren FitzPatrick, Chicago Sun-Times, March 19

Tracker app keeps District 204 parents, students
in the loop about late buses
Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, March 6

Student safety could be as easy as ZPass
Kaitlyn Connolly, WCIA-TV, Champaign

March 19, 2018
In today’s Leading News, Streator ESD 44 sets aside planned budget cuts after receiving categorial payments. Park Ridge-Niles SD 64 plans to audit its special education programs. Security concerns lead Lincoln-Way CHSD 210 to limit public use of its fitness facilities. Decatur SD 61 notes fewer suspensions since the passage of Senate Bill 100 in 2016. Finally in the news, the Belleville News-Democrat looks at the projects school districts would undertake if a county school facility sales tax is approced in Madison County.

Streator Elementary tables 3rd year of deficit reduction plan
Jerrilyn Zavada, Ottawa Times, March 13

District 64 taps consultant to audit special education program,
but parents feel left out of process
Heather Cherone, Pioneer Press/Park Ridge Herald-Advocate, March 13

Lincoln-Way cuts daytime use
of pools, other facilities, citing student safety:...
Susan DeMar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, Chicago and suburbs, March 9

Decatur student suspensions drop since state law passage
Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, March 16

If voters OK a sales tax increase,
here's how Madison County schools will use the money
Lexi Cortes, Belleville News-Democrat, March 11


March 16, 2018
In today’s Leading News, after a day scheduled student protests, the Chicago Tribune scrutinized School Walkout Day, in which students walked out of class to ask for stricter gun control laws. The Trib later offered more breaking news about that walk out of schools to demand gun reform. Springfield students from five city high schools came together under auspices of the mayor's youth council to plan a city-wide talent show. Belleville students walked out of class as part of the national School Walkout Day. Finally, IASB services made the news in Quincy, as a school board Committee recommended school board policy updates.

Chicago Tribune, March 14

Chicago Tribune, March 14

Crystal Thomas, State Journal-Register, Springfield, March 15

Lexi Cortes, Robyn L. Kirsch, and Megan Braa,
Belleville News-Democrat, March 14

Deborah Gertz Husar, Quincy Herald-Whig, March 14


March 15, 2018
In today’s Leading News, as a day scheduled for student walk-outs drew to a close, NPR addresses the impact student activism could have on political change. Champaign CUSD 4 will discuss a proposed charter school. CPS principals get a preview of their budgets for the next school year. St Charles announces the closure of an elementary school, to become an early childhood center. Finally, in the news, something delicious: Peoria Public Schools’ Woodruff Career and Technical Center culinary students will compete nationally after winning an Illinois Illinois Restaurant Association Education Foundation competition.


March 14, 2018
In today’s Leading News, teachers in Rockford SD 205 vote to approve a contract, while in Alton CUSD 11, teachers authorize an intent to strike after rejecting the district’s offer. Some school districts consider teacher layoffs, while others aim to develop “educators who stay.” Finally in the news, today is the anticipated national walk-out of students in memory of those who lost their lives in the Parkland, Fla., school shooting tragedy.


March 13, 2018
In today’s Leading News, school districts in Illinois and across the country anticipate student walkouts on Wednesday in response to last month's school shooting in Parkland, Fla. NPR calls district response “a tightrope, stretched between students' free speech rights and schools' legal obligations.”

Lake County schools try to balance safety
with letting students participate in #NeverAgain walkout
Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, March 11

Springfield, Ball-Chatham students plan to rally for more gun control
John Reynolds, State Journal-Register, Springfield, March 1

Mercer Co. students, school board at odds over walkout
Cathy Decker, Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, March 9

Students speak up:
'We shouldn't be afraid to come to school because of guns'
Lyndsay Jones, News-Gazette, Champaign, March 9

How School Walkouts Test Student Rights And School Responsibilities
Cory Turner and Clare Lombardo, NPR, March 13


March 12, 2018
In Monday’s Leading News, last week Illinois lawmakers met to discuss the teacher shortage, and the school funding reform “cleanup” bill moved from the House to the Senate. Financial challenges were discussed at an education summit with school leaders and state representatives in Yorkville. The president’s plan outlined over the weekend would “harden” schools to make them less vulnerable to gun violence. Finally in the news, the Morris Herald News features underwater robotics (and an A-plus headline).

Illinois lawmakers meet to discuss state’s teacher shortage
WQAD-TV, Quad Cities, March 7

House approves school funding reform cleanup
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, Springfield, March 7

Yorkville education summit seeks solutions for school funding problems
David Sharos, Aurora Beacon-News, March 9

Trump's plan will seek to 'harden' schools against shootings
Associated Press/Ottawa Times, March 11

Race to the bottom
Allison Selk, Morris Herald-News, March 6


March 9, 2018
In today’s Leading News, Chicago students hope to “leverage” the response to gun violence in schools. Illinois school districts determine how to manage potential student protests and walkouts,. The Associated Press looks at NRA support of competitive shooting sports and other extracurriculars through grants to high schools. Finally in the news, NPR looks at research on making schools safer by making them “softer,” improving students' social and emotional health.

In Chicago communities ravaged by gun violence,
students hope Parkland movement will finally bring change
Vikki Ortiz Healy, Chicago Tribune, March 9

ACLU urges school leaders to act ‘wisely’ regarding student protests
Pam Adams, Peoria Journal-Star, March 6

Students across suburbs to protest gun violence; schools' responses vary
Russell Lissau, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, March 8

Area schools prepare for student walkout in response to Florida shooting
Julia Biggs, The Telegraph, Alton, March 6

Schools not taking any sides on walkout
Ottawa Times, March 6

NRA gives millions to schools that support shooting sports
Collin Binkley and Meghan Hoyer, Associated Press, Journal Gazette and Times Courier, Charleston/Mattoon, March 9

Here's How To Prevent The Next School Shooting, Experts Say
Anya Kamanetz, NPR, March 7


March 8, 2018
In today’s Leading News, the school board for Elgin-based School District U-46 approved its much-discussed board agreements. Springfield SD 186 considers a plan to join with Sangamon County for employee health plans. A substitute teacher’s arrest raises questions in Charleston CUSD 1. In Urbana SD 116, the decision to eliminate dean positions causes concerns. Finally in the news, citing environment and infrastructure concerns, local governmental units join with Elwood CCSD 203 to oppose an industrial park.

U46 board OKs member guidelines, including one on social media use
Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, March 6

School board, Sangamon County partnering on employee health care
Jason Nevel, State Journal-Register, Springfield, March 6

Shredding of arrested substitute teacher's class project
causes contention
Rob Stroud, Journal Gazette and Times Courier, Charleston/Mattoon, March 5

Urbana teachers disappointed by district's decision to eliminate Deans
Senait Gebregiorgis, WRSP/WCCU-TV, Springfield, March 6

Manhattan Township says no to NorthPoint industrial park
Alex Ortiz, Joliet Herald-News, March 6


March 7, 2018
In today’s Leading News, WBEZ looks at who’s controlling the money in the state’s new private-school scholarship program. The Southern Illinoisan looks at the costs of student safety and security. Vermilion County will ask voters for a county school facilities sales tax. Rock Island area school districts work to reduce exposures to lead in drinking water. Also in the news, school counselors nationwide have increasing caseloads and diminishing resources.


March 6, 2018
In today’s Leading News, Northfield THSD 225 (Glenview) community members both support and criticize the district’s new policy for transgender students. Crystal Lake CHSD 155 energy-efficiency programs are paying off. Elementary students in Champaign CUSD 4 learn to code. Quincy SD 172 considers an early last day for seniors. Finally in the news, the Norridge SD 80 community seeks to save its band program.

Months after Glenbrook District 225 enacted transgender policy,
parents demand 'two-way conversation'
Alexandra Kukulka, Pioneer Press/Glenview News, March 1

Crystal Lake-based Community High School District 155's
energy efficiency earns money
Mile Mallory, Northwest Herald, Chicago suburbs, March 1

Five years in, Kenwood Elementary's coding program doing well
Lyndsay Jones, News-Gazette, Champaign, February 27

School Board adopts early release for QHS seniors
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, March 1

'Save the District 80 Band Program' effort launches in Norridge;
group aims to raise $110,000
Pioneer Press/Norridge News, February 28


March 2, 2018
In today’s Leading News, a bill that would have removed provisions that let the State Charter School Commission reverse a school board decisions was vetoed by Govenor Bruce Rauner. Danville CCSD 118 plans its summer school calendar. Alternative snow days get good reviews and suggestions in Gurnee SD 56. West Prairie SD 103 in Colchester hears from its community. Woodstock CUSD 200 will work to keep an elementary facility open. Finally in the news, legislation that would ban tackle football for kids under age 12 passed an Illinois House committee.

Rauner vetoes bill to curb power
of Illinois State Charter School Commission
Lauren FitzPatrick, Chicago Sun-Times, March 1

Carol Roehm, Danville Commercial-News, March 1

Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, February 28

Christopher Ginn, The McDonough County Voice, February 27

Brittany Keeperman, Northwest Herald, Chicago suburbs, February 28

The Associated Press, Belleville News-Democrat, March 1

March 1, 2018
In today’s Leading News, the Chicago Board of Education has decided to close four high schools. Champaign CUSD 4 receives a proposal for a new charter school. Knoxville CUSD 202 will consider an in-house alternative school. Mundelein High School Distrct 120 responds to offensive social media posting. Finally in the news, Bloomington-area school officials discuss arming classroom teachers.

After emotional testimony from opponents,
Chicago school board OKs closings and consolidation
Juan Perez Jr., Chicago Tribune, February 28

Proposal for new charter school formally submitted to Unit 4 board
Lyndsay Jones, News-Gazette, Champaign, February 27

KHS looks at in-house alternative school
Robert Connelly, The Register-Mail, Galesburg, February 26

Mundelein H.S. principal denounces hate speech
after student social media post using N-word
Rick Kambic, Pioneer Press/Mundelein Review, February 23

'Not what we signed up for'
School officials reject idea of armed teachers
Julia Evelsizer, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, February 23




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