education http://wuis.org en No School For Kids On Election Day http://wuis.org/post/no-school-kids-election-day <p>Illinois students could get a day off of school come election day. Schools are often at the heart of a community, metaphorically, if not literally. That's part of the reason they've long been voting sites.</p><p></p><p>But with shootings at schools across the country, some lawmakers are concerned the practice is dangerous.</p><p>Most of the time visitors need to sign in before entering a school; they say allowing anyone in on election day is asking for trouble.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:26:27 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 29575 at http://wuis.org No School For Kids On Election Day Legislation Would Make Charter Schools Follow State Law On Special Ed, ELL http://wuis.org/post/legislation-would-make-charter-schools-follow-state-law-special-ed-ell <p>The Illinois General Assembly has approved legislation intended to make charter schools follow state laws for special education. But some lawmakers see this as the latest attack on charter schools.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Charter schools already have to follow federal laws on special education and for students who are just learning English. But according to the Illinois State Board of Education, a "handful" say they were exempt from stricter state requirements.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 26654 at http://wuis.org Legislation Would Make Charter Schools Follow State Law On Special Ed, ELL Multimedia Journalist - Education http://wuis.org/post/multimedia-journalist-education <div class="container" id="container_job_category" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 19.200000762939453px;"><div><strong>Category:</strong> Academic Professional</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><br /><strong>Title:</strong> Multimedia Journalist-Education at WUIS</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><br /><strong>Location:</strong> Springfield</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><br /><strong>Close Date:</strong> 05/30/2014</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><br /> Wed, 14 May 2014 20:45:16 +0000 25122 at http://wuis.org Multimedia Journalist - Education Wait Continues For Schools' Fate Under Proposed New Formula http://wuis.org/post/wait-continues-schools-fate-under-proposed-new-formula <p></p><p>Illinois lawmakers are considering a <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=16&amp;GAID=12&amp;GA=98&amp;DocTypeID=SB&amp;LegID=68381&amp;SessionID=85">major chang</a>e to the way local schools get money from the state. But information about how individual school districts would fare in the new system won't be ready until just before the end of the spring legislative session.</p><p></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:09:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 23418 at http://wuis.org Wait Continues For Schools' Fate Under Proposed New Formula Illinois Finally Gets 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver http://wuis.org/post/illinois-finally-gets-no-child-left-behind-waiver <p>After more than two years of trying, Illinois has finally won a waiver from the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind. Brian Mackey reports on what this means for schools in Illinois.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The short answer is not much.</p><p>Illinois has already been moving beyond the No Child Left Behind law for some time, even as it waited for permission from the federal government.</p><p>Matt Vanover, a spokesman for the Illinois State Board of Education, says there were problems with No Child Left Behind.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:06:08 +0000 Brian Mackey 23320 at http://wuis.org Illinois Finally Gets 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver How Much Would Your School District Lose? http://wuis.org/post/how-much-would-your-school-district-lose <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;<a href="http://www.isbe.net/budget/FY15/fy15-budget.htm">&nbsp;</a></span><a href="http://www.isbe.net/budget/FY15/fy15-budget.htm">New data</a> suggests just how big a hit most school districts would take if Illinois' income tax rate rolls back as scheduled at the end of the year.</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:44:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 23168 at http://wuis.org How Much Would Your School District Lose? 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 Quinn, Rauner Make First Joint Appearance http://wuis.org/post/quinn-rauner-make-first-joint-appearance <p>Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner have attacked one another for their record and positions on education.&nbsp;&nbsp; Quinn and Rauner met for the first time Friday in the 2014 campaign for<br />Illinois governor. They discussing education policy before members of the<br />Illinois Education Association in Chicago.<br />&nbsp;<br />Quinn is a Chicago Democrat seeking his second full term as governor. He says<br />Rauner is ``the biggest threat to public education in the state of Illinois.''<br />&nbsp; Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:16:59 +0000 Associated Press 22858 at http://wuis.org Quinn, Rauner Make First Joint Appearance 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? Senator Suggests Switching School Funding Distribution http://wuis.org/post/senator-suggests-switching-school-funding-distribution <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Critics of the way Illinois funds schools say it's wrong that the quality of a child's education is based largely on her zip code.</p><p>That's because schools are mostly funded by local property taxes. While Illinois takes that into account when determining how much state money to give each district, it's not the predominant factor.</p><p></p><p>A new proposal, backed by Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, would make local need the number one test.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:46:05 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22243 at http://wuis.org Senator Suggests Switching School Funding Distribution 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? 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? 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 Bitter Cold Could Mean More Time Off For School Kids http://wuis.org/post/bitter-cold-could-mean-more-time-school-kids <p>School administrators in Illinois say they're closely monitoring the forecast to decide whether to cancel or delay classes because of bone-chilling weather that's expected to hit the state. &nbsp; The cold is coming as many students are preparing to return to school following holiday break.</p><p>The National Weather Service says air temperatures below zero will be accompanied by dangerous wind chills Monday and Tuesday. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 21:05:51 +0000 Associated Press 16245 at http://wuis.org Bitter Cold Could Mean More Time Off For School Kids District 186 Makes Choice For Next Superintendent http://wuis.org/post/district-186-makes-choice-next-superintendent <p>The&nbsp; Springfield school board is negotiating with a local woman to become the district's next superintendent.&nbsp;</p><p>The board hopes to extend an offer in early January to Jennifer Gill.&nbsp;&nbsp; Gill has been working the past year as the director of teaching and learning in McClean County district five based in Normal.&nbsp;&nbsp; Prior to that, she had worked as an administrator in the Springfield School District and was principal at Vachel Lindsey and McClernand elementary schools.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:55:59 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 14864 at http://wuis.org District 186 Makes Choice For Next Superintendent Teacher's Strike In Mount Olive http://wuis.org/post/teachers-strike-mount-olive <p>Teachers at the school district in Mount Olive have gone on strike. &nbsp;</p><p>The State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/1cwtFY4) teachers went on strike Monday morning in Mount Olive School District No. 5 in Macoupin County. The town is 50 miles south of Springfield. The teachers' union and school district couldn't agree on a new three-year contract. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 20:06:50 +0000 Associated Press 14611 at http://wuis.org Teacher's Strike In Mount Olive Interview With Education Coalition of Macon County http://wuis.org/post/interview-education-coalition-macon-county <p>Data shows only 40% of 3rd grade students in Macon County are reading at grade level.&nbsp; That same percentage applies to those in 11th grade.&nbsp; 1 of every 4 students also fails to graduate high school.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The alarming statistics are similar to what many areas are facing.&nbsp; The<a href="http://www.edco4kids.org/about-the-decatur-area-education-coalition/"> Education Coalition of Macon County</a> is an initiative reviewing the problem and tying to find solutions.&nbsp;&nbsp; That includes taking different approaches to what has become the standard for education.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:15:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 11430 at http://wuis.org Interview With Education Coalition of Macon County Governor Suspends Charter School Group's Funding http://wuis.org/post/governor-suspends-charter-school-groups-funding <p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has again suspended state funding to the United Neighborhood Organization, the state's biggest charter-school operator. &nbsp;<br />Quinn spokeswoman Sandra M. Jones told the Chicago Sun-Times the final $15 million of a $98 million state school-construction grant the Illinois Legislature promised UNO in 2009 is being withheld. &nbsp;<br />Quinn previously suspended funding for UNO in April, after reports the organization gave $8.5 million of business to companies owned by the brothers of then UNO executive Miquel d'Escoto. &nbsp; Fri, 18 Oct 2013 17:28:00 +0000 Associated Press 11201 at http://wuis.org Governor Suspends Charter School Group's Funding American Graduate Day: Yesterday's Dropouts http://wuis.org/post/american-graduate-day-yesterdays-dropouts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Former WUIS Reporter, Kavitha Cardoza Hosts &quot;Yesterday&#39;s Dropouts&quot;</p><p>Approximately 30 million adults in the U.S. are at the low end of the literacy spectrum. They struggle to read a menu, a pay stub or a bus schedule. About 46 million find it challenging to do the most basic math. And for millions of adults, there&rsquo;s the added challenge of not being able to speak English.</p><p>Tune in for this American Graduate Day special program Saturday, September 28th at 2:00 pm.</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 23:00:00 +0000 randy.eccles 9739 at http://wuis.org American Graduate Day: Yesterday's Dropouts American Graduate Day: Crossing the Stage http://wuis.org/post/american-graduate-day-crossing-stage <p>Hosted by Dick Gordon, this program talks about what&rsquo;s happening with the drop-out rate in the country. More kids are staying in school but those numbers might be misleading. We&rsquo;ll hear about some of the new thinking &ndash; ways to make school more appealing or more meaningful so students want to stay in high school, and we&rsquo;ll get a sobering take on the GED, long thought to be a reasonable alternative to a high school diploma.</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 22:30:00 +0000 randy.eccles 9740 at http://wuis.org American Graduate Day: Crossing the Stage Testing Teachers Causes Unexpected Racial Division http://wuis.org/post/testing-teachers-causes-unexpected-racial-division <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 15:19:00 +0000 Odette Yousef 9358 at http://wuis.org Testing Teachers Causes Unexpected Racial Division Law Expands Sex Ed Curriculum http://wuis.org/post/law-expands-sex-ed-curriculum <p>Students in Illinois public schools that teach sex education will now be taught about birth control and sexually transmitted diseases _ not just abstinence. &nbsp;<br>Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Friday that requires schools to provide the information. It takes effect Jan. 1. &nbsp;<br>Sen. Heather Steans sponsored the bill. The Chicago Democrat says it's intended to help prevent sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies. &nbsp; Fri, 16 Aug 2013 23:40:06 +0000 Sean Crawford 7430 at http://wuis.org Law Expands Sex Ed Curriculum