Leading News Archives February 2019

February 28, 2019
In today’s Leading News, CPS hires a firm to work through sexual abuse claims and re-examine how they are handled. The board at Elmwood Park CUSD 401 considers with its community grade centers and neighborhood schools. Take care: flu season isn’t over yet. A community group is asking Effingham CUSD 40 to consider weighted classes and grades. Also in the news, Metro East students are lauded for promoting racial harmony.

Chicago Public Schools hires global firm 
to investigate roughly 1,000 old sexual abuse cases
Juan Perez Jr., Chicago Tribune, February 28

Exploring grade centers: As Elmwood Park district considers change,
some aim to keep neighborhood schools
Cheryl Waity, Pioneer Press/Elm Leaves, February 26

Flu season isn't over yet, severe strain in Springfield
Leslie Moreno, WICS/WRSP, Springfield, February 26

Unit 40 weighs weighted grades
Dawn Schabbing, Effingham Daily News, February 26

Center for Racial Harmony recognizes 49 metro-east students
for promoting unity
Hana Muslic, Belleville News-Democrat, February 24

February 27, 2019
In today’s Leading News, new members and a new state superintendent of education were announced Tuesday. Chicago’s mayoral race is headed to an April 2 runoff. Champaign CUSD 4 faces conflicting edicts in an effort to work with minority- and female-owned business enterprises. Peoria Public Schools consider later start times for high-school students. Also in the news, read about a study on the study of citizenship.

State Journal-Register, Springfield, February 26

First woman named Illinois state schools superintendent
AP/Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, February 26

Bill Ruthhart, Chicago Tribune, February 26

Lyndsay Jones, News-Gazette, Champaign, February 26

Scott Hilyard, Journal Star, Peoria, February 26

Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, Chicago and suburbs, February 25

February 26, 2019
In Tuesday’s Leading News, today’s mayoral election in Chicago may not declare a winner, but could begin determine the future of the CPS Board of Education. WUIS’s Education Desk reports on the possible rollback of 2017’s tax credits for private school donors. School districts across Illinois look at ways to manage the state’s increasing minimum wage. Also in the news, read how Harrisburg CUSD 3’s food service programs continue into the summer.

Sarah Karp, WBEZ, Chicago, February 24

Dusty Rhodes, WUIS Education Desk, Springfield, February 25

Kavahn Mansouri, Belleville News-Democrat, February 23

Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, February 23

Gabriel Neely-Streit, The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, February 24

February 25, 2019
In today’s Leading News, Charleston CUSD 1 schools announce improvement plans. Authorities are working with a 10-year-old student who allegedly brought a knife to and made threats at a Lombard elementary school. Palatine CCSD 15 considers security upgrades. Rekha Iyer, an Indian Prairie School District 204 student who worked to gather support for concussion-related legislation last year, is supporting another bill aimed at disciplinary measures. Also in the news, vandalism reported last week at the offices of the East St. Louis Board of Education resulted one arrest.

'People and instruction'
Charleston school board OKs improvement plans
Dave Fopay, Journal Gazette and Times Courier, Charleston/Mattoon, February 20

10-year-old brought large knife to Lombard school, officials say,
told student 'everyone in the school is going to die'
Chicago Tribune, February 21

District 15 projects $810K expense to upgrade security at 11 schools
Bob Susnjara, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, February 15

Teen panel pushing for law to prevent school interrogations
without parent or advocate
after Naperville student suicide
Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, February 23

Man charged after throwing old toilet
through East St. Louis board of education office
Hana Muslic, Belleville News-Democrat, February 20

February 22, 2019
In today’s Leading News, a career-readiness program takes shape at Vienna HSD 13-3. Warren THSD 121 continues “productive” negotiations with teachers. Decatur SD 61 middle schools inform parents and students about a planned merge. Brown Co CUSD 1 seeks to address health and safety issues in its facilities. Also in the news, post-traumatic stress is a community discussion a year after a school shooting in Mattoon.

Molly Parker, The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, February 22

Doug T. Graham, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, February 21

Decatur Herald and Review, February 19

Kara Biernat, WGEM, Quincy, February 14

Jarad Jarmon, Journal Gazette and Times Courier, Charleston/Mattoon, February 19

February 21, 2019
Today’s Leading News starts with two takes on Governor J.B. Pritzker’s budget address as it related to public education. Charter school operator Chicago International Charter School reached an agreement with its teachers, ending a nine-day strike. Two McDonough County school boards hold a joint meeting to discuss the school day. Also in the news, a study identifies cliquesand how they are perceived by high school students.

Susie An, Kate McGee, WBEZ, Chicago, February 20

Kelsey Watznauer, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, February 21

Alice Yin, Chicago Sun-Times, February 18

Michelle Langhout, McDonough County Voice, February 17

Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas, Chicago Tribune, February 18

February 20, 2019
In today’s Leading News, Governor J.B. Pritzker will give his first budget address today; yesterday he signed the law raising the state minimum wage. Robert Gonzalez, West Aurora USD 129 school board president, was nearby and spoke to media after the workplace shooting last week in Aurora. Kankakee SD 111 has reached a contract agreement with its teachers. Also in the news, citizens debate a referendum over property taxes in Lisle CUSD 02.

Tina Sfondeles, Chicago Sun-Times, February 19

Dan Petrella, Chicago Tribune, February 19

Aurora Beacon-News, February 15

David Giuliani, Daily Journal, Kankakee, February 15

Robert Sanchez, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, February 18

February 19, 2019
In today’s Leading News, read a few hearty items from last week, including the “Love the Bus” national event, held in Illinois at East Aurora USD 131. Plano CUSD 88 teams up with the Kendall County Farm Bureau to plant crops on school property, resulting in funds for ag classes and the local food bank. Social-emotional wellness starts with kindness at a Huntley Community SD 158 elementary school. Elementary students in Champaign CUSD 4 apply STEM skills to skating lessons. Also in the news, Naperville schools seek to educate digital citizenship.

Taylor Hannon, School Transportation News, February 14

Lyle R. Rolfe, Kendall County Now, February 15

Drew Zimmerman, Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, February 8

Lyndsay Jones, News-Gazette, Champaign, February 13

'upstanders,' not bystanders
Jane Donahue, Naperville Sun, February 8

February 15, 2019
In today’s Leading News, Chicago teens have words of wisdom for philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates. National reporting shows tensions between traditional and non-traditional teachers that are magnified when school districts face teachers’ strikes. Decatur SD 61 and DeKalb CUSD 428 address remedies for underperforming schools. Also in the news, "House Rules" create a sense of community in CUSD 227.
Ally Marotti, Chicago Tribune, February 11

Sally Ho. AP/Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, February 13

Decatur Herald and Review, February 12

Kelsey Rettke, Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, February 5

Lisa Hammer, Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, February 11

February 14, 2019
In today’s Leading News, Illinois media marks the anniversary of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Urbana High School hires a full-time police officer after an incident resulted in arrests and closing the school. Also in the news, diverging opinions on monitoring student social media in Chicago.

Marie Wilson, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, February 14

Lexi Cortes, Belleville News-Democrat, February 12

Kevin G. Hall, Belleville News-Democrat, February 12

Jacqueline Francis, WCCU, Champaign, February 8

Aaron Leibowitz and Sarah Karp, WBEZ, Chicago, February 11

February 13, 2019
Belleville West cancels classes after report
that student may have loaded gun in school
Mike Koziatek, Belleville News-Democrat, February  11

‘New’ state testing still based on PARCC
but changes underway, state says
Mitchell Armentrout, Chicago Sun-Times, February 11

Lawmakers again look to add LGBT curriculum
Benjamin Yount, Illinois News Network/The Telegraph, Alton, February 11

Can all students succeed in modern times?
Mike Frey, Kankakee Daily Journal, February 7

Proposal for uniform college admissions standards
ignites controversy
Peter Hancock, Capitol News Illinois/Pekin Times, February 7

February 12, 2019
In today’s Leading News, Central A & M CUD 21 welcomes distinguished visitors, and in a related story, the American Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield offers free admission today, and a student art exhibit. A minimum teachers salary is again on the table in the new General Assembly. District boundaries are a hot topic in Avoca SD 37 and neighboring Winnetka SD 36. Also in the news, candidates for Chicago mayor consider how to attain more black teachers for Chicago Public Schools.

Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, February 9

WICS/WRSP, Springfield, February 5

Jerry Nowicki Capitol News Illinois/Belleville News Democrat, February 6

Karen Ann Cullotta, Pioneer Press/Winnetka Talk, February 7
Nader Issa, Chicago Sun-Times, February 10

February 11, 2019
In today’s Leading News, WBEZ examines "charter school unrest" in Chicago. Effingham CUSD 40 continues contract talks with its support staff. Morton CUSD 709’s proposed budget will add school nurses and English language learning programs. Byron CUSD 226 stands to lose property tax revenue based on a new assessment of the Byron Generating Station. Also in the news, Champaign CUSD 4 schools offer programs for National African-American Parent Involvement Day.

Adriana Cardona-Maguigad, WBEZ, Chicago, February 7, 2019

Dawn Schabbing, Effingham Daily News, February 7

Steve Stein, Journal Star, Peoria, February 6

Vinde Wells, Prairie Advocate, Ogle County, February 6

Lee V. Gaines, WILL, Champaign, February 11

February 8, 2019
In today’s Leading News, a bill increasing the state’s minimum wage to $15 passed the Illinois Senate on Thursday and will move to the House. If you’re “stuck,” Quincy SD 172 elementary school students – learning leadership skills – can help. Franklin CUSD 1 considers the impacts of a wind energy farm in Morgan County. Geneva CUSD 304 and it community discuss an ordinance regulating e-cigarettes and vaping. Also in the news, activists in Chicago and nationally call for more black teachers in public schools.

Illinois Senate approves minimum wage increase
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, Springfield, February 7

Denman students get leadership lessons from community
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, February 5

School board backing wind-farm plan
Nick Draper, The Telegraph, Alton, February 7

Geneva to consider e-cig ordinance as teen usage increases
High school officials sought city's help in vape discipline
Brenca Schory, Kane County Chronicle, February 6

Groups demand more black teachers in CPS, nationwide
Stefano Esposito, Chicago Sun-Times, February 6

February 7, 2019
In In today’s Leading News, a few education-related proposals have been raised in the new General Assembly. CPS students can seek apprenticeships in a new program with City Colleges of Chicago. Pontiac-area FFA members consider agriculture-related career paths. Also in the news, an African-American studies class gets a new emphasis in Waukegan CUSD 60.

Local legislator calls for 'In God We Trust' in public schools
Kaitlin Cordes, Effingham Daily News, February 5

Lawmaker files bill to cut most property tax levies before freezing
Brett Rowland INN/Jacksonville Journal-Courier, February 6

New Apprenticeship 2020 program lets Chicago students
skip 4-year degree
Nader Issa, Chicago Sun-Times, January 31

Students enjoy learning experience with FFA
Luke Smucker, Pontiac Daily Leader, February 5

Newly revived African-American studies class at Waukegan High School
aims to go beyond 'heroes and holidays'
Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, January 31

February 6, 2019
In today’s Leading News, school was dismissed early at Urbana High School on Monday, after on-campus fighting resulted in injuries and arrests. A second charter school teachers’ strike is affecting over 2,000 CPS students. Oak Park-River Forest HSD 200 continues to work towards a contract agreement.  Robocalls presenting surveys from an unidentified sender are being received at Hinsdale THSD 86 residences. Also in the news, Peoria leaders address a recent study on segregation in the city and state.

7 students, parent arrested after fights at Urbana High; teacher hurt
Lyndsay Jones, News-Gazette, Champaign, February 4

‘No teachers, no school!’ striking Chicago charter educators say
Juan Perez Jr., Chicago Tribune, February 5

After a year of negotiating, OPRF teachers' union
urges contract resolution
Steve Schering, Pioneer Press/Oak Leaves, January 28

Hinsdale District 86 residents are getting robocalls
on their upcoming referendum.
No one is owning up to them.
Kimberly Fornek, Pioneer Press/Hinsdale Doings, January 31

Peoria leaders see segregated city charge as ‘wake-up call’
Steve Tarter, Peoria Journal Star, January 28

February 5, 2019
In today’s Leading News, read and listen to reaction to ISBE’s announcement of school districts receiving property tax relief grants. Changes to the funding formula were the topic at a public meeting in Aurora. Sharing services leads to talk of consolidation among north central school districts. Also in the news, New Trier THSD 203 addresses disparities in black, Hispanic and multi-racial students participation in extracurricular activities.

Property Tax Relief Measure Has A Few Wrinkles
Dusty Rhodes, WUIS Education Desk, Springfield, February 4

U-46 board questions why state tax relief grants didn't come
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, February 4

Aurora meeting addresses misconceptions on school funding
David Sharos, The Beacon-News, Aurora, January 25

Leland School Board May Look in to Feasibility Study
to Consolidate with Somonauk or Indian Creek School Districts
Kathryn Bloch, WSPY, Plano, January 25

New Trier officials concerned
about large extracurricular racial disparities
Karen Ann Cullotta, Pioneer Press/Winnetka Talk, January 31

February 4, 2019
In today’s Leading News, ISBE releases results of a biennial a study on youth risk behaviors, including substance abuse, nutrition, body image, and bullying. Oswego-based CUSD 308 high schools discuss parking fees. A logo change is in the works for  Adlai E Stevenson HSD 125 after students raised concerns of plagiarism. Decatur SD 61 schools have altered their visitor entrance procedures. Also in the news, a racial discrimination complaint leads to plans for changes at High Mount SD 116.

Mary Wicoff, Danville Commercial News, February 2

Shea Lazansky, Kendall County Now, February 1

Steve Reaven, Pioneer Press/Lincolnshire News, January 29

Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, January 27

Lexi Cortes, Belleville News-Democrat, February 1

February 1, 2019
In today’s Leading News, ISBE announces districts receiving the state’s property tax relief grant. Woodstock CUSD 200 continues to investigate arsenic levels in the school’s water. A student at Streator High School will stay on the ballot for its school board after a judge in LaSalle County overturned an electoral board decision. WUIS’s Education Desk looks at the proposed redefinition of the school-day. Also in the news, one more article about the weather reports what happened when a school district stayed open during the polar vortex cold snap.

Four Lake County school districts among first recipients
of state's new property tax relief grant
Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, January 30

Chemists Consulted On School Water Problem
Larry Lough, Woodstock Independent, January 30

Streator High student will be on board ballot
Derek Barichello, Ottawa Times, February 1

Tick-Tock: Teachers Unions Press To Restore Minimum Clock Hours
Dusty Rhodes, WUIS Education Desk, Springfield, January 31

What Happened When A School District Held Class As Usual
During Wednesday’s Subzero Weather
Jim Meadows, WILL, Urbana, January 31


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