Education Desk http://wuis.org en WUIS Education Desk: Springfield Mayoral Candidates Talk District 186 http://wuis.org/post/wuis-education-desk-springfield-mayoral-candidates-talk-district-186 <p></p><p></p><p>The mayor of Springfield has no authority over the public school district.&nbsp; But with so many campaign promises dependent on growing the city's tax base and population, District 186's image is pertinent in the race.</p><p>Those who have announced a bid for mayor include the incumbent Mike Houston, Sangamon County Auditor Paul Palazzolo and City Treasurer Jim Langfelder.</p><p>The WUIS Education Desk asked all three candidates about their views of the district, including how to deal with revenue problems.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:09:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 31237 at http://wuis.org WUIS Education Desk: Springfield Mayoral Candidates Talk District 186 Springfield Supt. Previews Coming School Year http://wuis.org/post/springfield-supt-previews-coming-school-year <div>District 186 students are back in the classroom on Monday. &nbsp;They will see some changes, &nbsp;including all Springfield public schools observing a one hour early <a href="http://www.sps186.org/downloads/blurbs/37139/Early%20Dismissal%20Flyer.pdf">dismissal every Wednesday</a>. Bus routes will run an hour early and after-school programs are available on those days.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The district also has a new superintendent, Jennifer Gill. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Rachel Otwell 31359 at http://wuis.org Springfield Supt. Previews Coming School Year One Western Ill. School Cuts Ag Program, Another Hopes To Bring It Back http://wuis.org/post/one-western-ill-school-cuts-ag-program-another-hopes-bring-it-back <p>Pike County calls itself the "pork capital of the world." However, in an area so tied to farming, it might be a bit surprising that a local school district has cut its agriculture education program.&nbsp; I graduated from high school there five years ago, and went back to report on how districts are struggling to pay for activities not tied to the core curriculum.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Lee Strubinger 26036 at http://wuis.org One Western Ill. School Cuts Ag Program, Another Hopes To Bring It Back WUIS Engage: Chris Farrell Discusses The Impact Of Education On The Economy http://wuis.org/post/wuis-engage-chris-farrell-discusses-impact-education-economy <p>On May 2, WUIS held an engagement event at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.&nbsp; It featured <a href="http://www.marketplace.org/people/chris-farrell">Chris Farrell</a>, Economics Editor for the Marketplace programs and Business Week.&nbsp;</p><p>He touched on several education related topics and gave his views.&nbsp;</p><p>"I think education and local economic development are two sides of the same coin," Farrell said. "When someone says what should we do to grow our economy, simply say education."</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 16:05:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 24644 at http://wuis.org WUIS Engage: Chris Farrell Discusses The Impact Of Education On The Economy Springfield Schools Would Get More Money With Funding Overhaul http://wuis.org/post/springfield-schools-would-get-more-money-funding-overhaul <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Spring is budgeting time for schools in Illinois. Over the past few years, school officials in poorer districts have had to cut staff and programs in order to balance their checkbooks.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Declining state funding, coupled with decreased property values have resulted in a double-whammy shortfall, especially in districts that aren't property-wealthy to begin with.</span></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 22:17:36 +0000 Hannah Meisel 24952 at http://wuis.org Springfield Schools Would Get More Money With Funding Overhaul Professor Says Higher Ed Spending Brings Long Term Benefits http://wuis.org/post/professor-says-higher-ed-spending-brings-long-term-benefits <p></p><p>Illinois budget cutting has targeted higher education for more than a decade.&nbsp;&nbsp; But a professor who has studied funding for colleges says it actually leads to more state financial problems.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>Walter McMahon is a Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Illinois.&nbsp; He says more investment would serve the state well in the future.</p><p><em>McMahon's column below on higher education spending is part of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs' <a href="http://igpa.uillinois.edu/budget-toolbox">Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox</a>.</em></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 13:15:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 24163 at http://wuis.org Professor Says Higher Ed Spending Brings Long Term Benefits Harvard Professor: Investments In Teaching, Early Childhood Translate To Student Success http://wuis.org/post/harvard-professor-investments-teaching-early-childhood-translate-student-success <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Education is among the top issues being debated this spring, as lawmakers consider changing the way schools are funded in Illinois. Republicans and Democrats alike agree that something must be done as the state moves into the future.</p><p></p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 22:58:17 +0000 Hannah Meisel 24014 at http://wuis.org Harvard Professor: Investments In Teaching, Early Childhood Translate To Student Success Springfield Schools Consider Weekly Late Start Or Early Dismissal http://wuis.org/post/springfield-schools-consider-weekly-late-start-or-early-dismissal <p>Springfield public schools may start classes later once per week, beginning next school year. But the district is going to garner more public feedback before making a final decision. After district officials spoke with a group of parents, it was clear some are against the original plan of pushing back the start of the school day. Now another option is on the table: early dismissal. Either way - it'd be a redistribution of hours slated for professional development.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:27:49 +0000 Rachel Otwell 23517 at http://wuis.org Springfield Schools Consider Weekly Late Start Or Early Dismissal Interview: John Tinker & The Landmark Case On Students' Right To Free Speech http://wuis.org/post/interview-john-tinker-landmark-case-students-right-free-speech <p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:46:13 +0000 Rachel Otwell 23194 at http://wuis.org Interview: John Tinker & The Landmark Case On Students' Right To Free Speech The Impact of Education on the Local Economy http://wuis.org/post/impact-education-local-economy <p>Join WUIS in an important community conversation at the first&nbsp;</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">A WUIS ENGAGE BREAKFAST</strong><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">May 2, 2014, 8-9:30 a.m.</span><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hoogland Center for the Arts - </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;III</span><br /><b>AUDIO SPECIAL COMING SOON!</b></p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:48:38 +0000 Randy Eccles 22937 at http://wuis.org The Impact of Education on the Local Economy Charter Schools: What Does The Future Hold? http://wuis.org/post/charter-schools-what-does-future-hold <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charter schools have long been a divisive issue. Supporters say they allow schools to teach kids free of burdensome regulations.&nbsp; Opponents say they take money away from traditional schools.&nbsp; In Illinois this year, those views are colliding.&nbsp; In the final installment of our series, we find out</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;about the fight at the statehouse and what it might mean for charters:</span></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:57:49 +0000 Rachel Otwell 22798 at http://wuis.org Charter Schools: What Does The Future Hold? Where Do GOP Governor Candidates Stand On Education? http://wuis.org/post/where-do-gop-governor-candidates-stand-education <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>All four of the Republican candidates for governor have said they will make education funding a priority if elected, but they face an uphill battle finding the money to send to schools. Each of the contenders has an unique solution for fixing education funding in Illinois.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">First, some background: Illinois is ranked last in the nation when it comes to how much the state kicks in to public education.</span></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:35:33 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21039 at http://wuis.org Where Do GOP Governor Candidates Stand On Education? School Officials Call Potential Cuts 'Devastating' http://wuis.org/post/school-officials-call-potential-cuts-devastating <p>As the state legislature threatens additional cuts to local schools, education officials are firing back. Some say taking more money away from students would be morally reprehensible.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:36:52 +0000 Rachel Otwell & Associated Press 20635 at http://wuis.org School Officials Call Potential Cuts 'Devastating' Budget Talk: Bob Hill On Challenges Facing District 186 http://wuis.org/post/budget-talk-bob-hill-challenges-facing-district-186 <p>Dozens of District 186 employees will be without a job come the end of the school year. A week ago the interim superintendent, Bob Hill, suggested cutting teaching jobs at all levels. On Tuesday he came to the board with further cuts, including in technology and special education.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 20:24:03 +0000 Rachel Otwell 20309 at http://wuis.org Budget Talk: Bob Hill On Challenges Facing District 186 Students Compete With 'Poetry Out Loud' http://wuis.org/post/students-compete-poetry-out-loud <div>Most teenagers spend more time on the internet chatting with friends than reading books - let alone poetry. However, the art form has seen a recent resurgence, and in some circles is even considered "hip." In Springfield, 14 area high school students recently competed in the regional version of the <a href="http://www.poetryoutloud.org/"><em>Poetry Out Loud </em></a>contest to recite a wide variety of poems from memory. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:22:44 +0000 Rachel Otwell 19667 at http://wuis.org Students Compete With 'Poetry Out Loud' Duke: $60,000 A Year For College Is Actually A Discount http://wuis.org/post/duke-60000-year-college-actually-discount In 1984, it cost $10,000 a year to go to Duke University. Today, it's $60,000 a year. "It's staggering," says Duke freshman Max Duncan, "especially considering that's for four years."<p>But according to Jim Roberts, executive vice provost at Duke, that's actually a discount. "We're investing on average about $90,000 in the education of each student," he says. Roberts is not alone in making the claim. In fact, it's one most elite research institutions point to when asked about rising tuition.<p>But just where exactly is all that money going? Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:32:00 +0000 Lisa Chow 19405 at http://wuis.org Duke: $60,000 A Year For College Is Actually A Discount Should Students Get Miranda Warnings? http://wuis.org/post/should-students-get-miranda-warnings <p>Illinois lawmakers are considering what steps police should have to take before questioning kids at school.</p><p>The legislation would basically make police read kids their Miranda rights — that they can remain silent, and anything they say can be used against them in court.</p><p>It would also make police notify parents they have the opportunity to be present during questioning.</p><p>Sen. Kim Lightford, a Democrat from Maywood, calls it a "student bill of rights."</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:23:44 +0000 Brian Mackey 19338 at http://wuis.org Should Students Get Miranda Warnings? Conference Explores Host Of Disabilities, From ADHD to Autism http://wuis.org/post/conference-explores-host-disabilities-adhd-autism <p>Often times, the strongest advocates for students with disabilities are their parents. Dr. Holly Novak is a member of the group <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Springfield-Parents-for-Students-with-Disabilities/152007014840681">Springfield Parents For Students with Disabilities</a>. On Saturday the group hosts its "6th Annual Disability to Possibility Conference" from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm at Southeast High School. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Rachel Otwell 19282 at http://wuis.org Conference Explores Host Of Disabilities, From ADHD to Autism District 186 Moves Up Vaccination Deadline http://wuis.org/post/district-186-moves-vaccination-deadline <p>Springfield District 186 plans to give parents and students a shorter deadline for immunizations and physicals next school year. They'll have to be completed by the 10th day of school, which means around the end of August. That's much sooner than this year's mid-October deadline. Around 500 students failed to comply and some were out of school for up to 3 weeks.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:30:34 +0000 Rachel Otwell 19268 at http://wuis.org District 186 Moves Up Vaccination Deadline Music Education For Creativity, Not A Tool For Test Scores http://wuis.org/post/music-education-creativity-not-tool-test-scores In a mobile classroom — basically a trailer outfitted with a desk and some chairs — music teacher Chris Miller works with a group of active kindergartners dressed in green and khaki school uniforms. He teaches them the basics: musical concepts, artists and styles of music.<p>"Everybody repeat after me," he says. "Wade in the water." Kids sing back, "Wade in the water."<p>Though classes like Miller's still exist, the arts have been known to fall down the priority list amid pressure on schools to improve test scores. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:33:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 19237 at http://wuis.org Music Education For Creativity, Not A Tool For Test Scores Parents Angry School Stayed Open, District 186 Responds http://wuis.org/post/parents-angry-school-stayed-open-district-186-responds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Monday's ice storm didn’t stop Springfield public schools from holding classes. But it also meant many school buses were late to pick up students. Parents complained of students waiting up to 45 minutes in the cold and freezing rain as buses maneuvered the slick roads. Many took to the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/District186">district’s Facebook page</a> to hurl insults about the decision to keep school open.</span></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:24:25 +0000 Rachel Otwell 19191 at http://wuis.org Parents Angry School Stayed Open, District 186 Responds Illinois Lottery: A Shell Game For School Funding? http://wuis.org/post/illinois-lottery-shell-game-school-funding <p>Many people are aware that the Illinois Lottery helps fund schools. But just how much do the proceeds actually help? Well, that's what we aimed to find out:</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Rachel Otwell 19007 at http://wuis.org Illinois Lottery: A Shell Game For School Funding? College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't http://wuis.org/post/college-applicants-sweat-sats-perhaps-they-shouldnt With spring fast approaching, many American high school seniors are now waiting anxiously to hear whether they got into the college or university of their choice. For many students, their scores on the SAT or the ACT will play a big role in where they get in.<p>That's because those standardized tests remain a central part in determining which students get accepted at many schools. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 08:29:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 19173 at http://wuis.org College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't Former State Superintendent Becomes SIU President http://wuis.org/post/former-state-superintendent-becomes-siu-president <p>A former Illinois state superintendent of education has been chosen as Southern Illinois University's new president. &nbsp;</p><p>The SIU board of trustees announced Monday that Randy J. Dunn will be the university's eighth president, replacing Glenn Poshard. Poshard is retiring in June. &nbsp;<br />Dunn is currently president of Youngstown State University in Ohio. &nbsp;</p><p>Randal Thomas is chairman of the SIU board. He says Dunn ``has both the skills and the background to ensure that SIU continues to live up to its mission of providing a quality education.'' &nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:07:54 +0000 Associated Press 19156 at http://wuis.org Former State Superintendent Becomes SIU President A Push To Boost Computer Science Learning, Even At An Early Age http://wuis.org/post/push-boost-computer-science-learning-even-early-age <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC5FbmsH4fw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaW3PAzHxCU</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 08:39:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 19118 at http://wuis.org A Push To Boost Computer Science Learning, Even At An Early Age Illinois High School Grads AP Test Scores Above Average http://wuis.org/post/illinois-high-school-grads-ap-test-scores-above-average <p>A new report has found that Illinois high school graduates are slightly above the national average for Advanced Placement exam scores. &nbsp;</p><p>According to a Advanced Placement Program report released Tuesday, 21 percent of 2013 graduates received an AP exam score high enough for college credit. The national average is 20 percent. Scores of three or more out of five are generally eligible for college credit. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 01:10:00 +0000 Associated Press 18789 at http://wuis.org Illinois High School Grads AP Test Scores Above Average Interview: Jennifer Gill, Incoming 186 Superintendent http://wuis.org/post/interview-jennifer-gill-incoming-186-superintendent <p>It took about a year - but Springfield has officially found a replacement for its previous district 186 superintendent. Jennifer Gill will take over the role on May 1st. She's been a teacher and administrator in the district. She'll be leaving her current role as the director of teaching and learning for the McLean County Unit 5 School District. This interview&nbsp;begins with Gill reflecting on how she became a third-generation educator:</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:43:07 +0000 Rachel Otwell 18756 at http://wuis.org Interview: Jennifer Gill, Incoming 186 Superintendent Gillespie School Repairs Going Slow http://wuis.org/post/gillespie-school-repairs-going-slow <p>There have been delays rebuilding a tornado-damaged high school gym. &nbsp;</p><p>A tornado ripped off part of a wall of Gillespie High School gym last May. Superintendent Joe Tieman says there have been setbacks in the effort to rebuild the gym. He tells The (Alton) Telegraph (http://bit.ly/1ocv2AS ) those include issues with insurance claims, power lines and the harsh winter weather. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;Tieman says officials thought the gym would be repaired by March, but now it's looking more like May. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:07:56 +0000 Associated Press 18744 at http://wuis.org Gillespie School Repairs Going Slow District 186 Considers Tax Referendum Possibilities http://wuis.org/post/district-186-considers-tax-referendum-possibilities <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Springfield's district 186 is struggling to fill a 5 million dollar gap in the budget for the coming school year. A group of parents and community members say they have an answer to supplementing the district's budget: raise property taxes. But passing a referendum will prove challenging. And if it's going to happen, some say efforts to get the word out need to ramp up now.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:05:07 +0000 Rachel Otwell 18670 at http://wuis.org District 186 Considers Tax Referendum Possibilities School Security Task Force Never Formed, Could Get Second Chance http://wuis.org/post/school-security-task-force-never-formed-could-get-second-chance <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>When tragedy strikes, politicians often line up to say they'll do something to make sure it doesn't happen again. But the follow-up can lag early promises. That's what happened after the 2012 shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.</p><p></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:48:27 +0000 Hannah Meisel 18474 at http://wuis.org School Security Task Force Never Formed, Could Get Second Chance