Education Desk Blog http://wuis.org en Quinn Lays Out Ed. Initiatives But Doubts Arise http://wuis.org/post/quinn-lays-out-ed-initiatives-doubts-arise <p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:.2in;margin-left:0in; line-height:15.75pt"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Georgia, serif;">Governor Quinn spent much of his State of the State address on Wednesday addressing education. He says investing in education is a sure way to grow jobs as well as the economy. It's a sentiment that's hard to argue with. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:34:04 +0000 Rachel Otwell 17901 at http://wuis.org Quinn Lays Out Ed. Initiatives But Doubts Arise Unions Sue Over Pension Law http://wuis.org/post/unions-sue-over-pension-law <p>Illinois labor unions have filed a lawsuit seeking a new plan to reduce the state's $100 billion pension shortfall declared unconstitutional. &nbsp;</p><p>The We Are One Illinois Coalition of public employee unions filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Sangamon County Circuit court. &nbsp;<br />The long-anticipated legal challenge comes weeks after Gov. Pat Quinn signed the measure into law and ahead of his annual State of the State address. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:48:59 +0000 Associated Press 17814 at http://wuis.org Unions Sue Over Pension Law Decision Made: UIS Will Remain 'Prairie Stars' http://wuis.org/post/decision-made-uis-will-remain-prairie-stars <p>The UIS team name will remain the same, after over a year of discussions on whether or not to change it. A consultant group hired by the university came up with suggestions like &nbsp;the Springers, Sabers, and Mammoths. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:52:54 +0000 Rachel Otwell 17798 at http://wuis.org Decision Made: UIS Will Remain 'Prairie Stars' Interview: Lincoln Land Community College President Charlotte Warren http://wuis.org/post/interview-lincoln-land-community-college-president-charlotte-warren <p>When the Crown III coal mine south of Springfield recently closed, <a href="http://www.llcc.edu/">Lincoln Land Community College </a>stepped in. The school's truck driver training has offered special classes to displaced workers.&nbsp; President Charlotte Warren says the classes are full, although more could be held. &nbsp;<br /> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:46:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 17532 at http://wuis.org Interview: Lincoln Land Community College President Charlotte Warren School Choice Movement Pushes Agenda http://wuis.org/post/school-choice-movement-pushes-agenda <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Ask any teacher, superintendent, or government official about it and many would say education funding is in need of some serious change. Local districts are struggling to make ends meet as state and federal appropriations drop - and that means layoffs, school closures, and even shortening the school day in some cases. Some education reform activists say the answer to fixing this problem and others within the system is something called "school choice."</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Rachel Otwell 17765 at http://wuis.org School Choice Movement Pushes Agenda Another Round Of School Closings Monday http://wuis.org/post/another-round-school-closings-monday <p> Some Amtrak trains are not running today in downstate Illinois.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><strong>School Closings for Monday Jan. 27</strong></p><p>A-C Central</p><p>Athens</p><p>Auburn</p><p>Ball Chatham</p><p>Bradley University</p><p>Calvary Academy</p><p>Decatur</p><p>Edinburg</p><p>Greenview</p><p>Illinois State University</p><p>Jacksonville</p><p>Jacksonville Routt</p><p>Lincoln public schools</p><p>Lincoln College</p><p>New Berlin</p><p>Pawnee</p><p>Pleasant Plains</p><p>PORTA</p><p>Riverton</p><p>Rochester</p><p>Robert Morris University</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 01:55:50 +0000 Sean Crawford 17703 at http://wuis.org Another Round Of School Closings Monday As North Carolina Grows, Public Education Shifts http://wuis.org/post/north-carolina-grows-public-education-shifts Major changes are happening in public education in North Carolina.<p>Last year, the legislature passed laws that did away with teacher tenure, ended extra pay for teachers who earn master&#8217;s degrees and created a voucher system for low-income students.<p>Analysts who watch education policy say no other state made more changes that affect schools in 2013 than North Carolina did.<p><strong>Dave DeWitt</strong>, who covers education for <a href="http://wunc.org/" target="_blank">WUNC</a>, joins <em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now&#8217;</a></em>s Robin Young at the WUNC stud Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:40:00 +0000 editor 17611 at http://wuis.org As North Carolina Grows, Public Education Shifts Education Proposals From Sangamon Co. Efficiency Panel http://wuis.org/post/education-proposals-sangamon-co-efficiency-panel <p>Education shows up in recommendations from the Sangamon County Citizens' Efficiency Commission.&nbsp; A focus is on transportation, a costly part of school budgets. &nbsp;<br /><br />The commission recommends increased collaboration between District 186 and the Springfield Mass Transit District. From the report:<br /> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:36:36 +0000 Sean Crawford 17593 at http://wuis.org Education Proposals From Sangamon Co. Efficiency Panel IL Supreme Court Says Collapsed School Suit Is Too Late http://wuis.org/post/il-supreme-court-says-collapsed-school-suit-too-late <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>The Illinois Supreme Court says a southern Illinois school district can't sue an architectural firm for building a school over an underground coal mine that later collapsed, causing the school to be torn down. In a unanimous decision, justices ruled Friday that Gillespie Community School District's "fraudulent representation'' claims against Wight &amp; Company came after a statute of limitations passed.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:26:28 +0000 Associated Press 17592 at http://wuis.org IL Supreme Court Says Collapsed School Suit Is Too Late GOP Governor Candidates Discuss School Funding http://wuis.org/post/gop-governor-candidates-discuss-school-funding <p>The question of assuring equitable school funding across the state is being debated at a forum for Republican candidates for governor.<br />&nbsp;<br />The four bidders are squaring off at a forum hosted by Illinois Public Broadcasters and the League of Women Voters.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 02:23:21 +0000 Associated Press 17533 at http://wuis.org GOP Governor Candidates Discuss School Funding