The University of Illinois Board of Trustees has told President Robert Easter to work with other state schools and lawmakers to prevent a wave of retirements brought on by Illinois’ pension reform law.
After more than two years of trying, Illinois has finally won a waiver from the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind.
Many consider the 1980’s to early 90’s the golden age of local music in Champaign-Urbana, especially when it comes to rock and roll. On Saturday, April 19th, the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois will be hosting a panel discussion entitled “Rising from the Ashes of Disco: Urbana-Champaign’s Music Scene during the 1980s and Early 1990s.”
Charter schools have long been a divisive issue. Supporters say they allow schools to teach kids free of burdensome regulations. Opponents say they take money away from traditional schools. In Illinois this year, those views are colliding.
New data 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.
University of Illinois trustees will hold a special meeting Friday to name the 19 members of the search committee that will look for a new president. They'll also look into options for a supplemental plan to help employees make up for an expected loss in pension funds.
U of I President Robert Easter has said he plans to retire in June 2015. The university has said it hopes to have a replacement selected by January.
The committee will include trustees, faculty members, students, as well representatives from UI Alumni Association and the UI Foundation, among others.
The trustees oversee all three university campuses and will have the final say on a replacement for Easter.
Easter has been president since 2012. He replaced Michael Hogan who resigned under pressure from faculty who were unhappy over his plans for the university.
Easter was previously a faculty member, dean, provost and chancellor on the Champaign-Urbana campus.
U of I administrators have looked at a few options for helping employees who expect to lose out on a portion of their retirement funds with last year's passage of the pension reform plan. But the News-Gazette reports that no decision is expected at Friday's meeting.
Anxious students - not to mention their parents - can get a heads-up for how the redesigned SAT might look in two years.
A coalition of Illinois business leaders want more funding for early childhood education. They say that would benefit the economy, but they don't agree on how to pay for it.
Nearly two decades ago when the state legislature paved the way for charter schools, Republicans were in control and touted them as an innovative way to improve education by removing many rules and regulations. Now there are about 145 charter school campuses across the state, the vast majority in Chicago. Supporters say they are the change an ailing education system needs, but it is a contentious topic.
Champaign’s School Board has signed off on a $120-thousand contract with a firm to design a new Central High School and for renovations at Centennial High.