By Anya Kamenetz
Illinois Public Media News
By The Associated Press
The Alma Mater statue beloved by University of Illinois students and graduates has been back on campus almost two months but the university plans to officially mark her return and her 85th birthday with a party Friday morning.
By Cory Turner
Right now, America's schools are in a sprint. Forty-four states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core Standards. That means new learning benchmarks for millions of kids from kindergarten through high school. And, for many of them, the Core will feel tougher than what they're used to. Because it is tougher.
By Claudio Sanchez
Most states have embarked on a significant expansion of preschool programs, but a new report says they appear to be missing the kids who need these programs most: low-income, immigrant children.
By Bill Wheelhouse, with additional reporting from The Associated Press
The Illinois Legislature adjourned its spring session having passed a new state budget and other key measures, but leaving some business undone. Here's a look at what passed and what didn't:
By Bria Purdiman
May marks the anniversary of the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling, which outlawed “separate but equal” policies in public schools. But, 60 years later there are still concerns over equal opportunities for all students.
By Lee Strubinger
Pike County calls itself the "pork capital of the world." However, in an area so tied to farming, it might be a bit surprising that a local school district has cut its agriculture education program.
By Lynn Neary, with additional reporting from Illinois Public Media
Poet, performer and political activist Maya Angelou has died after a long illness at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86.
By Sean Powers
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is touting a bill to allow students to refinance college loans at lower interest rates.
By Lee Strubinger
Universities in Illinois may soon get the chance to research industrial hemp. HB5085 is weaving it's way through the legislature.