Leading News Archives July 2019

July 31, 2019
In today’s Leading News, a new state law requires the state to make information on student mental health treatment options available to parents, teachers, school social workers. Cary CCSD 26 approves its teachers contract. Students “won’t recognize the place” after extensive summer facilities work in Brookfield-LaGrange Park SD 95. Family and consumer science teachers learn about “bigger, leaner” pigs and the pork industry.  Also in the news, a nationally-reported story of parents transferring custody of their children to “win their children need-based college financial aid and scholarships they would not otherwise receive.”

Mental Health providers connect to troubled teens now law
The Times Weekly, Joliet, July 29

Cary Community School District 26 board approves salary increases
Cassie Buchman, Northwest Herald, July 29

As school year beckons, D95 schools transformed
Bob Uphues, Riverside-Brookfield Landmark, July 23

Teachers learn about pork production, consumption
Crystal Reed, Shelbyville Daily Union, July 25

'It's a scam': Suburban parents give up custody of kids
to get need-based college aid
Jodi S. Cohen and Melissa Sanchez , ProPublica Illinois/The Daily Herald, Chicago and suburbs, June 30


July 30, 2019
In today’s Leading news, fire damages an East Aurora USD 131 school building; officials plan the school year on time. With the teacher shortage getting attention, school districts seek administrators as well. Murphysboro CUSD 186 reports a better financial picture with increased state funding. North Shore SD 112 and its teachers will seek mediation. Also in the news, Champaign CUSD 4 considers re-issuing bonds.

Fire damages wing of Gates Elementary School in Aurora;
officials say school should be ready to open next month
Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, July 29

Illinois schools struggle filling head positions
Cymphanie Sherman, WICS, Springfield, July 22

Murphysboro schools see boost in state funding
Joe Ragusa, WSIL, Carterville, July 22

North Shore School District 112, teachers union bring in mediator
with contract close to expiring
Karen Berkowitz. Pioneer Press/Highland Park News, July 26

Champaign school district considers reselling bonds to raise revenues
Lyndsay Jones, News-Gazette, Champaign, July 26


July 29, 2019
In today’s Leading News, a national report highlights poverty and race disparities across school district lines. Rantoul THSD 193 awaits funds in the wake of late tax bills. Waukegan CUSD 60 faces an employment-related lawsuit. Questions arise after a meditation class is offered at a Chicago high school. Also in the news, the IHSA has a new set of practice schedules and standards in place for fall sports.

Hundreds Of School Districts Nationally
Deeply Divided Based on Race and Funding
Susie An, WBEZ, Chicago, July 25

RTHS anticipates tax fallout
Debra Rawlings, Rantoul Press, July 23

Second former Waukegan District 60 administrator
files lawsuit claiming retaliation 
Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, July 24

What’s wrong with a Chicago public high school
teaching transcendental meditation?
Plenty, critics claim.
Hannah Leone, Chicago Tribune, July 25

IHSA sets new restrictions
for fall high school sports practices:
‘All athletes deserve the same safety’
Dan Shalin, Pioneer Press/Arlington Heights Post, July 25


July 26, 2019
In today’s Leading News, a teacher pipeline program is established in Springfield SD 186. Rockford SD 205 will examine, with its community. a variety of social and economic factors to assess childhood vulnerabilities. Sandwich CUSD 430 gets more classrooms via hand-me-over portable units from St. Charles. East Moline SD 37 approves a new contract with its teachers. Also in the news, a Pennsylvania school district that made national headlines for its handling of student lunch debt will allow private donations to defray the costs.

District 186 works to address teacher shortage
before school is back in session
Noelle Forde, WICS, Springfield, July 24

Rockford to get close-up look at childhood vulnerabilities
Corina Curry, Rockford Register Star, July 1

1st portable classroom building in place at SHS 
Pat Wallis, DeKalb Daily Chronicle, July 22

EMSD Board approves new teacher contract, new board member
Graham Ambrose, Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, July 23

Pa. School District Reverses Course
And Will Now Accept Donations To Cover Lunch Debt
Bobby Allyn, NPR, July 24


July 25, 2019
In today’s Leading News, Rock Island/Milan SD 41 will offer more academic help for high school student-athletes to meet eligibility requirements. Komarek SD 94 anticipates a spring referendum. Eureka CUSD 140 will install cameras on buses for additional security. Charleston CUSD 1 votes on its budget and future leadership. Also in the news, addressing phone dependency and distraction, a new law in France prohibits phone use in schools.

New policy: Student-athletes can get more academic help
Nicole Lauer. Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, July 23

Komarek School officials gird for spring referendum
Bob Uphues, Riverside-Brookfield Landmark, July 23

District 140 to install cameras in buses 
Rachel Siegle, Woodford County Journal, July 22

Charleston school board to vote on budget, superintendent's retirement
Dave Fopay, Journal Gazette and Times Courier, Charleston/Mattoon, July 16

France bans kids under 15 from using phones, tablets, smartwatches at school
Gary Dinges, State Journal-Register, Springfield, July 23


July 24, 2019
In today’s Leading News, Kaneland CUSD 302 teachers and the board of education reach a contract  agreement. A bill on the governor’s desk would protect employees who take absence from work for school conferences. Quincy SD 172 teachers get, so they can give, lessons in agriculture. Saratoga CCSD 60C receives report on student performance. Also in the news, a new online registration system works for Streator ESD 44.

Susan Sarkauskas, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, July 16

Dusty Rhodes, WUIS Education Desk, Springfield, July 5

Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, July 22

Jeanne Millsap, Morris Herald-News, July 17

Michael Urbanec, Ottawa Times, July 17



July 23, 2019
In today’s Leading News, West Prairie SD 103 discusses plans to consolidate facilities for middle and high school. The Northwest Herald reports on residents opposing the possibility of a fence by a Crystal Lake CCSD 47 school. Addressing the teacher shortage locally, Sherrard CUSD 200 will offer a tuition waver for children of teachers who reside outside the district. Oswego-based CUSD 308 continues discussion of a referendum. Also in the news, a programs allows high school students to participate in research at the University of Illinois.

Tabi Jozwick, McDonough County Voice, July 19

Amanda Marrazzo, Northwest Herald, July 22

Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, July 22

Shea Lazansky, Kendall County Now, July 16

Julie Wurth, News-Gazette, Champaign, July 19


July 22, 2019
In today’s Leading News, a veterinary science program in the suburbs grows. Talks between CPS and the Chicago Teachers Union continue; include the possibility of a strike in late September. Canton Union SD 66 considers attendance centers. Decatur SD 61 alters its high school schedules for earlier start times and additional periods. Also in the news, a new law means ROEs will share background check information on substitute teachers.

State's first high school veterinary science program to get bigger this fall
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, July 22

Potential Chicago teachers strike would come end of September at earliest
Nader Issa, Chicago Sun-Times, July 18

Citizens call for postponement of attendance center vote
Larry Eskridge, Canton Daily Ledger, July 17

Decatur high schools shifting to earlier class times, adding 'focus period'
Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, July 6

New law to help sub teacher shortage
Robert Connelly, The Register-Mail, Galesburg, July 18


July 18, 2019
In today’s Leading News, there is talk of TIFs in Kenilworth and Ottawa. Upon further review, Dunlap CUSD 323 officials question e-sports and gaming as a school-sponsored extracurricular activity. Downers Grove GSD 58 reaches a contract agreement with support staff and aides. Also in the news, cafeterias benefit from the harvest of high-yield hydroponic farms inside school classrooms.

Kenilworth, among the state’s wealthiest towns,
approves TIF in effort to revitalize ‘long-stagnant’ business district
Karen Ann Cullotta, Pioneer Press/Wilmette Life, July 16

Ottawa's downtown TIF still on hold, approval likely
Brent Bader, Ottawa Times, July 16

Concerns being raised about video gaming club
at Dunlap High School
Scott Hilyard, Journal Star, Peoria, July 16

District 58 approves contract with aides, support staff
Suburban Life, July 15

How Hydroponic School Gardens
Can Cultivate Food Justice, Year-Round
Robin Lloyd, NPR, July 8


July 17, 2019
In today’s Leading News, Woodstock SD 200 receives an ISBE grant to develop a teacher training and residency program. SEIU, representing CPS support staff of about 7,000 employees, considers possible strike. The Tribune visits with Muslim women choosing to run for office, including school board. River Trails SD 26 votes to develop centralized kindergarten. Also in the news, mobile clinics increase vaccination rates for Champaign-areas students.

Woodstock School District 200 receives grant
to start teacher residency program
Symantha Kehr, Northwest Herald, Chicago suburbs, July 13

Union representing CPS support staff
overwhelmingly approves strike authorization
Chicago Sun-Times, July 15

As more Muslims run for office, community urged
‘to take center stage’
in an era of immigration raids and racist tweets
Nausheen Husain, Chicago Tribune, July 16

In lieu of grade level centers,
Dist. 26 goes with centralized kindergarten
Christopher Placek, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, July 17

Carle's Mobile Health Clinic helping Champaign schools
keep immunization rates up
Lyndsay Jones, News-Gazette, Champaign, July 16


July 16, 2019
In today's Leading News, ISBE and the U.S. Census Bureau announce a program for teachers to promote participation in the 2020 census. Springfield SD 186 is providing students a path to medical school. Peoria Public Schools students may soon have phones locked up. Also in the news, a solar energy proposal by Monticello CUSD 25 is nixed by the city council; but the sun will shine on a different solar project by a team of Pana CUSD 8 students in it for the long run.

Census Bureau seeks teacher 'ambassadors' for accurate count
AP/Decatur Herald and Review, July 13

High school ‘pipeline’ program produces first crop of medical students
Dean Olsen, State Journal-Register, Springfield, July 6

Peoria Public Schools to decrease distractions with cellphone lock bags
Treasure Roberts, WMBD, Peoria, July 15

School solar project voted down by school officials
WCCU, Champaign, June 24

Rise of The Phoenix
David Blanchette, State Journal-Register, Springfield, July 10


July 11, 2019
In today’s Leading News, Rockford SD 205 increases security and investigations continue after destructive fires at two new school playgrounds. Friends and community members replace a memorial tree from a West Chicago CHSD 94 campus. Kewanee CUSD 229 expects a harvest this year from its 11-acre farm. Indian Prairie CUSD 204 updates its calendar to eliminate half-days. Also in the news, a national study looks at college debt, financial aid, and student knowledge.

2nd new playground fire in Rockford stirs emotions
Corina Curry, Rockford Register Star, July 11

... Now two trees will honor teen’s life.
John Keilman, Chicago Tribune, July 10

Food for thought–KHS farm supports classroom experience
Susan DeVilder, Kewanee Star Courier, July 10

Indian Prairie 204 adjusts 2019-20 calendar to eliminate half days
Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, July 9

Aspiring College Students Know ‘Shockingly’ Little About Financial Aid
Luke McGrath, Bloomberg, July 8


July 10, 2019
In today’s Leading News, Decatur SD 61 elementary students will see different grades on their report cards. The discussion continues on how to teach the histories of slavery. Rock Island/Milan SD 41 early childhood programs will benefit from additional funds from a grant. Western Springs SD 101 upgrades tech and pays it back. Also in the news, a feature on when it’s more than just one rough morning for young students.

Decatur elementary students will be graded differently this year.
Here's what it means for parents.
Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, July 7

Schools still struggling with how to teach about slavery
Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press/The Telegraph, Alton, July 1

Rock Island-Milan early childhood program gets $2.5M grant
Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, July 6

Western Springs D101 begins repaying $500,000 technology loan
Jesse Wright, The Doings, Western Springs, June 25

'I don't want to go to school.'
When morning jitters become school refusal
— and what parents can do about it
Cindy Dampier, Chicago Tribune/Decatur Herald and Review, July 7


July 9, 2019
In today’s Leading News, the NPR Illinois Education Desk talks with ISBE representatives about aligning state assessments. Future teachers in Illinois experience work in rural districts where the demand is great. CPS’s offer to its teachers comes under scrutiny. Batavia PSD 101 considers its budget amid teacher contract negotiations. Also in the news, are technology and social media adding to student stress?

Test Review: ISBE Wants Exams Aligned
Dusty Rhodes, WUIS Education Desk, Springfield, July 9

Student educators introduced
to options outside of big cities
amid rural teacher drought
Jarad Jarmon, Journal Gazette and Times Courier, Charleston/Mattoon, July 7

Teachers union unhappy with Lightfoot contract offer;
would increase pay 14% over five years
Fran Spielman, Chicago Sun-Times, July 3

Batavia drafts school budget amid union talks
Mark Foster, Kane County Chronicle, June 20

Smartphones, social media tied to student depression, anxiety
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, July 7



July 8, 2019
In today’s Leading News, Bloomington-Normal area school districts respond to KIDS results. Morris SD 54 budget includes paying down debt. Nippersink District 2 reaches a contract agreement with its educators. An recently-reported judge’s decision held that Maine THSD 207 administrators violated state labor relations laws. Also in the news, the Decatur Herald and Review looks at local solutions to the teacher shortage.

District 87, Unit 5 to focus
on early education
after low kindergarten surveys
Kelsey Watznauer, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, July 5

Morris School District 54 aims to pay down debt
Allison Selk, Morris Daily News, June 19

Nippersink School District 2 OKs raises
for its teachers, administrators
Brittany Keeperman, Northwest Herald, Chicago suburbs, July 22

Judge rules administrators violated labor act
by telling teacher to apologize
and threatening poor performance review
Jennifer Johnson, Pioneer Press/Park Ridge Herald-Advocate, July 8

Filling The Gap
Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, July 8


July 3, 2019
In today’s Leading News, goal-setting is on the agenda for Moline-Coal Valley SD 40. Should schools change the way the discipline for marijuana possession? Galesburg CUSD 205 considers schedule changes. After building new, Quincy SD 172 looks to sell school facilities. Also in the news, tots on the go: A study a decline in weight problems among today’s preschoolers.

Nicole Lauer, Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, July 1 

Hannah Leone, Chicago Tribune, July 2

Samuel Lisec, The Register-Mail, Galesburg, June 23

Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, June 28

Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press/The Telegraph, Alton, June 19

July 2, 2019
In today’s Leading News, state law changes took effect yesterday, July 1. Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed an executive order establishing a task force to examine practices and policies relating to LGBTQ issues. A women’s group panel, including school board members, discusses running for office. Morton CUSD 709 anticipates the state’s minimum wage increase. Also in the news, the NPR Illinois Education Desk has a series on teacher pensions

Dan Petrella and Jamie Munks, Chicago Tribune, July 1

Derrick Mason, Rockford Register Star, July 1

Dusty Rhodes, WUIS Education Desk, Springfield, June 28

Steve Stein, Peoria Journal-Star, June 26

Tahereh Rahimi, The Daily Egyptian, SIU-Carbondale, June 25




July 1, 2019
In today’s Leading News, take another look at last week’s reporting of the second round of KIDS results. Also making headlines: River Trails SD 26 discusses grade-level centers, Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico CUSD 3 considers the costs of keeping small-town facilities open, and CUD 308 (Oswego) residents speak out against raising taxes. Also in the news, The Southern looks back in time at education for the children of migrant workers.

Study: One of four Illinois kindergartners is ready to start school
Cassie Buchman, State Journal-Register, Springfield, June 26

River Trails District 26 parents speak out against grade level centers
Christopher Placek, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 26

Tampico school 'a valuable asset'
Cody Cutter, Sauk Valley News, June 25

OSD 308 residents to Board:
Don't look to taxpayers for more money
Shea Lazansky, Kendall County Now, June 27

40 years ago in Southern Illinois,
forward-thinking education helped migrant children
to a better life
Gabriel Neely-Streit, The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, June 30


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