Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois Senator Andy Manar
NPR Illinois
February 02, 2017

Education Desk: School Funding Inequity Needs $3.5 Billion Cure

A group of lawmakers has agreed on a framework for making the way Illinois funds its schools more equitable. But whether it will lead to a long-elusive legislative fix remains to be seen. That bipartisan commission produced a “framework” Wednesday, but no actual legislation. It would create funding targets for each district based on student population needs. It's estimated to cost an additional $3.5 billion to $6 billion.


image of children playing
LA Johnson/NPR
February 01, 2017

Not All Fun And Games: New Guidelines Urge Schools To Rethink Recess

What's the best time for students to have recess? Before lunch, or after? What happens if it rains? If students are misbehaving, is it a good idea to punish them by making them sit out recess?

Those are just a few of the issues addressed in new guidelines designed to help schools have good recess.


Foellinger Auditorium
University of Illinois Public Affairs
January 30, 2017

U Of I, Northwestern, U Of Chicago Decry Travel Ban

Illinois universities are speaking out against President Donald Trump's sweeping travel ban that has left some students and professors stranded abroad. University of Illinois President Tim Killeen put out a statement Monday saying its three campuses are "greatly concerned'' about the ban and "strongly recommend that students and scholars who might be affected defer travel outside the U.S.''


Joe Muskin with the University of Illinois College of Engineering looks up from an array of Lego Mindstorms components.
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
January 27, 2017

Middle-School Contestants Take On Real-World Problems With Lego Robots

On Saturday, January 28, 64 teams of kids in fourth through eighth grade will gather on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus and compete in solving practical problems using programmable toy robots.

The event is called a “Lego League” tournament, one of many around the world.  It’s being held at the ARC --- the Activities and Recreation Center on Peabody Drive on the U of I campus.


Fermilap scientist
Fermi National Accelerator Lab
January 26, 2017

The Trump Administration & Scientific Research; Tuition-Free Illinois; The Dear Women Project

On the 21st: We talked with scientists from across the state about their concerns regarding President Trump and the new administration, and spoke with a former Fermilab physicist who’s now in Congress. Plus, we learned about an idea for tuition-free college, and talked about a new project aimed at encouraging women with handwritten notes.


State Senator Daniel Biss, a Democrat from Evanston.
Office of state Sen. Daniel Biss
January 24, 2017

Biss Brings Pensions Into Ed Funding Debate

The last time the General Assembly tried to make school funding more equitable across Illinois, the legislation got derailed largely due to a fight over teacher pensions. Now pensions have cropped up again, this time in a bipartisan commission working to overhaul the school funding formula.


Timothy Koritz, who was named the next chairman of the U of I's Board of Trustees in Thursday's meeting.
University of Illinois
January 19, 2017

U Of I Trustees: New Chair Named, Enrollment Plan Starts, New Calls for ‘Sanctuary’ Campus

The University of Illinois' Board of Trustees is has launched an initiative to boost system-wide enrollment to more than 90,000 students by 2021. Thursday's meeting also saw the election of a new Trustees' chair, Dr. Timothy Koritz, and approval to freeze in-state tuition rates for a third straight year. Meanwhile, a number of students are again calling for the U of I to declare the school a 'sanctuary campus' to help those who are in the country illegally.


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