Kimberly Thomas is Illinois Teacher of the Year for 2016
WUIS
September 17, 2016

Teacher Of The Year Makes School ‘Mathalicious’

Kimberly Thomas is the reigning Illinois Teacher of the Year. The title doesn’t come with a satin sash and a tiara, but you might think it does once you get a taste of Thomas’s extreme effervescence. This Peoria math teacher has a lot more going for her than just bubbles and fizz, but you have to get you a sip of that first.


Harold Poling, left, and Ted Weisenberger found the doors to the ITT Technical Institute campus closed after ITT Educational Services announced that the school had ceased operating, Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press
September 15, 2016

ITT Technical Institute To Cease Operations Friday

The for-profit college ITT Technical Institute said in a federal filing that it will cease operations on Friday. Carmel, Indiana-based ITT Educational Services Inc. said in a Wednesday filing with the Securities and
Exchange Commission that it would stop services a little more than a week after it announced it would close all of its campuses. At the same time, Parkland College and other community colleges are stepping in to help displaced students.


School discipline reform advocate Quentin Anderson and school administrator Kevin Hampton.
Courtesy of Quentin Anderson, Kevin Hampton
September 14, 2016

The Principal Behind The Principle Of School Discipline

An advocate for Illinois' new school discipline law often tells the story of an assistant principal whose handling of his many 8th-grade discipline citations made a difference in his life. Dusty Rhodes decided to track down the administrator cited in the story.


University of Illinois Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson.
L. Brian Stauffer/UI News Bureau
September 12, 2016

U Of I Interim Chancellor Wilson Promoted to Executive VP Post

Barbara Wilson, who has led the University of Illinois' Urbana campus since Phyllis Wise abruptly resigned as chancellor, is taking on a new role over the 3-campus system.  As of Sept. 26, she'll assume her new duties as executive vice president and vice president for academic affairs, once Robert Jones arrives as the new campus chancellor.


About 150 students listen to a series of speakers during Friday's rally at the U of I alma mater statue.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
September 09, 2016

U Of I Groups Demand Changes In Demographics, Wages, Life For LGBT Students

More than 20 student groups on the University of Illinois' Urbana campus ralled Friday, unveling its 'Demands for a Transformed University.'  Areas addressed before about 150 students included racial and economic demographics on campus, wages of U of I employees, and gender and sexuality-based demographics.


St. Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood)
WUIS
September 09, 2016

The Other K-12 Funding Reform Commission

There's a commission on reforming how public schools are funded in Illinois, formed by the Governor. Then there's the meetings hosted by St. Senator Kimberly Lightford, where lawmakers of both parties --- and lobbyists, too --- get together to discuss the hard questions around education funding reform.


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