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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - November 10, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Kilgore Supporters Call On Board To Consider Employment

By Hannah Meisel

James Kilgore

Two months after the University of Illinois' Board of Trustees decided to not approve the appointment of Professor Steven Salaita, the board may again grapple with claims the school infringed on academic freedom at their meeting this week.

Categories: Education, Law

NPR - Illinois Public Media News - November 10, 2014

Ebola Today Could Mean Illiteracy Tomorrow In West Africa

By Jon Hamilton

Children play in an open space in Barkedu, Liberia.

Ebola is threatening to reverse years of educational progress in West Africa. The virus has kept school closed for months in a region where literacy rates are low and school systems are only now recovering.



WILL - Illinois Public Media News - November 07, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

State Rep-Elect Ammons Talks History, Sets Priorities For Office

By Jeff Bossert

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(Duration: 7:14)

Carol Ammons on election night

Carol Ammons made history this week.   And when she's sworn in this January, the Democrat hopes to fight some of the same battles as her predecessor, but also many reforms she sought locally.



WILL - Illinois Public Media News - November 06, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Back To Drawing Board For Monticello School Officials After Referendum Defeat

By Jim Meadows

When the Monticello school board meets next week, members are expected to discuss the voters’ rejection in Tuesday's election of a $40 million bond referendum to build a new high school, and turn the old high school campus into a district-wide grade school.

Categories: Education

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - November 04, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Catlin, Jamaica School Districts Vote To Consolidate

By Jim Meadows

The tiny Jamaica and Catlin school districts will become a little less tiny next summer. Voters in both South Vermilion County districts approved a referendum to consolidate into the new Salt Fork.

Categories: Education, Government, Politics

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - November 03, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Plan To Study Competing Eng-Med Plans Going To UI Trustees

By Jim Meadows

The University of Illinois Urbana campus has been developing plans for a new engineering-focused College of Medicine that would utilize new engineering trends like “big data” and bioengineering. But now, not one, but two plans will be sent along to the Board of Trustees.

Categories: Education, Health

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - November 03, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Champaign Public Schools Hope Voters Approve $149 Million For Construction

By Hannah Meisel

Politicians aren't the only ones who've spent this year selling themselves to voters. The Champaign Public School System has hedged its bets on residents voting yes on a $149 million bond sale, which would increase property taxes to district residents.

The District says it needs the money to expand and renovate Centennial High School and build a new Central High School.

Unit 4 Suprintendent Judy Wiegand says the school board has exhausted all options, and landed on the bond sale because of the increasing space constraints in the district.

"It's the capacity issue," she said. "The fact that we're already at 104 percent capacity at both of our high schools and have to put portable classroom trailers in front of one of our high schools in order to have enough classroom space...if we do nothing as a community, it will only get worse and it'll go up to 120 percent."

Wiegand says the property tax increase has been a tough sell. She says if the referendum fails tomorrow, the District is prepared to adjust their ask for a future election.

Categories: Education, Politics

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - October 28, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

School Consolidation Referendum Sparks Disagreement

By Jim Meadows

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(Duration: 3:52)

The audience and panelists listen to a speaker addressing an information meeting on a school consolidation referendum for the Catlin and Jamaica school districts.

If voters in the Catlin and Jamaica school districts say yes in the November election, their two, small, south Vermilion County school districts will consolidate into one district, to be called the Salt Fork school district. But opponents of consolidation are raising concerns.

Categories: Education, Government, Politics

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