October 2019 Leading News

In today’s Leading News, will the 11th school day of the Chicago teachers strike be the last? Canton Union SD 66 considers school improvement plans. Kaneland CUSD 302 works on changing courses, adding career and technical options. Panhandle CUSD 2 looks at credit recovery options. Also in the news, the Illinois Report Card for 2018-2019 has been released.

CPS strike: Chicago Teachers Union delegates have tentative agreement on contract, but strike continues over impasse with city on makeup days; classes canceled Thursday
Jessica Villagomez, Marie Fazio, Gregory Pratt, Hannah Leone, Elaine Chen, and Javonte Anderson, Chicago Tribune, October 30

School board hears improvement plans
Larry Eskridge, Canton Daily Ledger, October 23

Kaneland school board makes changes to high school curriculum
Chris Walker, Kane County Chronicle, October 29

Lincolnwood Sets Guidelines For Credit Recovery
Kyle Herschelman, Journal-News, Hillsboro, October 24

IL School Report Card: Now With Even More Data
Dusty Rhodes, NPR Illinois Education Desk, Peoria Public Radio, October 31


In today’s Leading News, a new task force looks at teens and vaping. United THSD 30 (East Moline) sets student achievement goals. Teutopolis CUSD 50 waives tuition for students who are children of staff. The sale of a mall building impacts the property tax receipts in St. George CCSD 258. Also in the news, NPR Illinois’ Education Desk reports on the “Free and Public Education” lawsuit between a habilitation facility and school districts.
'We haven't seen the worst of it': Tri-Cities task force targets teen vaping
Lauren Rohr, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, October 28
Improving freshman on-track graduation is one of the UT school district's three goals
Jim Meenan, Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, October 28
Unit 50 waives out-of-district tuition for children of staff
Crystal Reed, Effingham Daily News, October 28
Bradley mall purchase impacts St. George school district
Lee Provost, Kankakee Daily Journal, October 19
Disabled, Disenrolled: Lawsuit Asks For Dollars And Decision
Dusty Rhodes, WUIS Education Desk, Springfield, October 28

In today’s Leading News, teaching assistants, special education aides, and Pre-K teachers are on strike on Decatur SD 61; the key bargaining point is reportedly health insurance costs. The 7,500 members of SEIU Local 73 who staff CPS are expected to vote on a new contact agreement today; CPS teachers remain on strike. Putnam Co CUSD 535 considers clarifying a facility use policy after a religious organization’s request. Also in the news, the Daily Southtown reports on the suspensions of teachers licenses if an individual faces certain criminal charges, under Public Act 101-0531.

Over 500 kids to stay home from Decatur schools as teaching assistants' strike begins
Analisa Trofimuk, Decatur Herald and Review, October 29

Striking CPS support workers voting on new contract: ‘A victory for working people in Chicago’
Mitch Dudek, Chicago Sun-Times, October 28

Chicago teachers union, city talks end at 2 a.m. with no deal; sides still ‘far apart’ on big issues as walkout enters 9th day
Hannah Leone, Gregory Pratt, Alice Yin, Morgan Greene, Marie Fazio, Elaine Chen, and Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas, Chicago Tribune, October 29

District searches policy on building use after religious group inquiry
Steve Lunger, LaSalle News Tribune, October 22

Dozens of educators charged with sex crimes and violent felonies have had their licenses suspended under new law
Zak Koeske and Sarah Freishtat, Daily Southtown, Chicago and suburbs, October 28

In today’s Leading News, school is in session Monday at Mendota CCSD 289 after a contract agreement was reached between the teachers and the district after an 8-day strike. The Chicago Teachers Union strike continues. Teachers and staff in Grayslake Comm Cons SD 46 have filed intent-to-strike notices. Effingham County’s school boards meet to discuss collaboration. Also in the news, Rockford Public Schools hopes its long-term planning and initiatives are evidenced in the upcoming Illinois School Report Card.

Mendota teachers reach tentative contract agreement, school in session on Monday
WREX, Rockford, October 28

Chicago teachers strike enters week 3
Chicago Sun-Times, October 28

Teachers in Grayslake’s District 46 file strike notice; negotiations on revised contract proceed
Lake County News-Sun, October 25

County school boards meet to discuss interests
Kaitlin Cordes, Effingham Daily News, October 25

Will this be the tipping point year for Rockford Public Schools?
Corina Curry, Rockford Register Star, October 27

In today’s Leading News, read about the ongoing consequences of the strikes in Chicago and Mendota. McLean Co Unit District 5 reconsiders its transportation provider. Also in the news, THSD 214 building trades students flip a house in Arlington Heights.

CPS student-athletes file lawsuit seeking temporary restraining order to allow them to compete in playoffs during teachers strike
Javonte Anderson and John Keilman, Chicago Tribune, October 24

UI giving extra time on fee waivers for Chicago high-schoolers affected by teachers strike
Julie Wurth, News-Gazette, Champaign, October 25

Parents sound off to school board about teachers strike in Mendota
Joshua Vinson, WHBF, Quad Cities, October 25

Normal-based Unit 5 hires school transportation consultant
Kelsey Watznauer, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, October 24

House 'flip' a first for District 214 student builders
Christopher Placek, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, October 14


In today’s Leading News, Maroa-Forsyth CUSD 2 looks to improve its middle school facilities. Next year, Galesburg CUSD 205 high school students will be relocated for major renovations. Addison SD 4 has reportedly reached an agreement with its teachers. Kaneland CUSD 302 seeks more paraprofessionals. Also in the news, districts face questions about legal confidentiality issues when district personnel face criminal accusations.
Second community meeting set on Maroa-Forsyth Middle School future
Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, October 22
Galesburg High looks to relocate 1200 students for major school renovation next year
Marissa Sulek, WQAD, Quad Cities, October 23
Addison teachers, school board reach contract agreement
Katlyn Smith, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, October 23
Kaneland school district struggles to find paraprofessionals as board approves additional hires
Chris Walker, Kane County Chronicle, October 17
Digging Deeper: Why parents could be last to know if a teacher is under investigation for sexual assault
Jason Hewell, WEEK, Peoria, October 17

In today’s Leading News, read updates on contract negotiations throughout the state. There’s a tentative contract agreement in Blue Ridge CUSD 18. In Springfield SD 186, teachers have rejected the district’s latest proposal. With a possible strike date of October 29, Decatur SD 61 and staff continue mediation. Addison SD 4 teachers could strike later this week. The teacher strikes in Mendota CCSD 289 and CPS continue.

Blue Ridge board, teachers reach tentative pact; avoid Farmer City strike
Kevin Barlow, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, October 22

In survey, SEA rejects district’s financial proposal
Steven Spearie, State Journal-Register, Springfield, October 21

School district, Decatur teaching assistants meet in mediation ahead of strike deadline
Analisa Trofimuk, Decatur Herald and Review, October 12

We don't want to do this: Addison elementary teachers rally as potential strike looms
Katlyn Smith, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, October 23

Mendota teachers’ strike continues into day five
Joshua Vinson, WHBF, Quad Cities, October 22

Chicago Teachers Strike 2019: Updating
WBEZ, Chicago, October 23

In today’s Leading News, ISBE is inviting public comment on its budget recommendations, and proposing an accounting code to bring Illinois’ reported financial numbers in-line with other states. Strike-impacted CPS students “don’t want to fall behind.” The Litchfield CUSD 12 school board looks at career education. Barrington CUSD 220 looks at voters for a March referendum. Also in the news, stating "It is important that we do not harm those that we are trying to protect," a Wisconsin school district has rehired a black security guard after he was fired over an incident involving a student and a racial slur.

ISBE requests accounting rule change, seeks budget input
Mark Maxwell, WCIA, Champaign, October 17

We don’t want to fall behind...
Matthew Hendrickson, Chicago Sun-Times, October 18

Litchfield Board Studies Career Education Program
Mary (Galer) Herschelman, Hillsboro Journal-News, October 21

Barrington District 220 pushing voter registration ahead of March referendum
Bob Susnjara, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, October 21

The Wisconsin school security guard fired after repeating a student’s racial slur will get his job back, a union official says
AP/Chicago Tribune, October 21

In today’s Leading News, are districts finding deterrence in drug-testing students participating in athletics and extracurriculars? Local media reports on suburban districts considering the IASB resolution proposal that would allow districts to allow arming teachers.  Also in the news, teacher strikes continue into a second week for Chicago Public Schools and Mendota CCSD 289.
More Southern Illinois high schools are drug testing. Does it work as a deterrent for students?
Gabriel Neely-Streit, The Southern Illinoisan, October 20
Opponents urge suburban schools to reject measure that supports arming teachers
Bob Susnjara, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, October 17
Geneva mom implores D-304 school board to say no to arming teachers
Brenda Schory, Kane County Chronicle, October 16
CPS teachers strike: What we know now
Hannah Leone, Chicago Tribune, October 21
Mendota strike continues, negotiations fizzle
Craig Sterrett, LaSalle News Tribune, October 20

In today’s Leading News, teachers are on strike for a second day in Chicago Public Schools, and a third day in Mendota CCSD 289. Addison SD 4 teachers could strike as early as October 28. West Aurora USD 129 opens a partnership with United Kingdom consultant to assess and transform its learning systems. Also in the news, the NPR Illinois Education Desk looks at a report on advice to districts for recruiting, retaining, and encouraging black and Latinx teachers.

Chicago Teachers Union strike updates: Strike enters second day with mutual frustration on display as sides remain far apart on contract
Chicago Tribune, October 18

Students could be out of school until next week if Mendota strike situation continues, union says
Kevin Schwaller, Matt Sheehan, WMBD, Peoria, October 17

Contract impasse could lead to teachers strike in Addison Dist. 4
Bob Smith, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, October 16

West Aurora hires U.K. education company to revamp how district’s students learn
Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, October 17

Black And Brown Teachers Have A Request: Listen
Dusty Rhodes, WUIS Education Desk, Springfield, October 10

In today’s Leading News, October 17 marks a teachers strike in Chicago Public Schools, the state’s largest and nation’s fourth-largest school system. Rich THSD 227 deliberates and decides to close one of its three high schools. Peoria Public Schools considers what to do about cellphone use in classrooms. Also in the news, an Advance Illinois report shows how distribution of state funds under the Evidence-Based Funding formula is working.

Chicago Teachers Union strike updates: CPS teachers join picket lines across the city
Chicago Tribune, October 17

Chicago Teachers On Strike, Capping Years Of Social Justice Activism
Sarah Karp, WBEZ, Chicago, October 16

District 227 board votes to close Rich East High School in Park Forest as part of consolidation plan
Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, Chicago and suburbs, October 16

Cellphone abusers in Peoria schools could get phones bagged
Scott Hilyard, Journal Star, Peoria, October 14

Report says funding formula has helped poor districts
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, Springfield, October 15

In the Leading News for October 16, Mendota CCSD 289 teachers have gone on strike. Chicago Public Schools has cancelled classes Thursday, anticipating no agreement in contract negotiations. Also in the news, in Murphysboro CUSD 186, the contract agreement that ended last week’s strike was ratified on Tuesday.
Mendota Elementary Teachers On Strike After No Agreement Reached Between Association and School Board
Tyler Bachman, WSPY, Plano, October 16
Mendota teachers plan to strike today; Rally draws more than 100
Tom Collins, LaSalle News Tribune, October 16
Chicago Public Schools classes canceled Thursday in anticipation of teachers strike
Nader Issa, Chicago Sun-Times, October 16
We asked readers their views on a potential Chicago teachers strike. They had some thoughts.
Elvia Malag├│n, Elyssa Cherney and Morgan Greene, Chicago Tribune, October 15
It's official: Murphysboro teachers have a contract
Isaac Smith, The Southern Illinoisan, October 15

In today’s Leading News, meetings are scheduled today as a Wednesday strike is possible by Mendota SD 197 teachers. Talks in Blue Ridge CUSD 18 and Chicago Public Schools continue this week as well. Calhoun County schools will have improved internet access. Also in the news, lawmakers are seeking answers from the College Board regarding data agreements.

Strike looms Oct. 16 at Mendota
Craig Sterrett, LaSalle News Tribune, October 11

Blue Ridge teachers to file intent to strike notice
Kevin Barlow, Decatur Herald and Review, October 9

CPS strike watch: Chances of averting a walkout over next 3 days is getting ‘more remote,’ teachers union president says
Hannah Leone, Gregory Pratt, Juan Perez Jr. and Javonte Anderson, Chicago Tribune, October 14

High-speed internet expected throughout Calhoun County by spring
Dylan Suttles, Journal Courier, Jacksonville, October 13

Lawmakers call for probe of College Board data sales
Peter Hancock, CNI/Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, October 10

In today’s Leading News, recruitment numbers challenge military officials. With CPS contract talks ongoing and a teachers strike pending, the Tribune looks at salaries. THSD 214 continues its discussion of policy for transgender students and access to educational opportunities and facilities. Busier than ever, teens talk stress and adults talk balance. Also in the news, soup’s on in new and high-tech kitchens in suburban high schools.

General: Report confirms ‘challenges’ in military recruiting
Steven Spearie, State Journal-Register, Springfield, October 8

CPS teachers out-earn many in other districts, but union says pay not the whole picture and numbers can be misleading
Kim Geiger, Chicago Tribune, October 11

District 211 transgender students' use of locker rooms: Division, questions remain
Bob Susnjara, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, October 10

Stressed for success
Tom Henson, News Tribune, LaSalle, October 11

Fancy new kitchens are popping up in Chicago-area high schools.
Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune, October 9

In today’s Leading News, school is back in session in Murphysboro CUSD 186 as teachers voted Wednesday to approve a contract offer. Mendota SD 289 meets tonight facing a possible strike date of October 16. Leyden CHSD 212 approved its fiscal year budget. A suburban elementary district proposes a consolidation study. Also in the news, a Quincy vocational preschool gives high school students hands-on opportunities to learn about child-care careers.
Murphysboro teacher's union reaches tentative agreement with school district
The Southern Illinoisan, October 10
Mendota Elementary School Board, Teachers Union Will Meet Thursday Ahead of Possible Strike Date Wednesday
Tyler Bachman, WSPY, Plano, October 9
Leyden high schools approve unbalanced budget, but state gave $6.7 million to lower residents’ taxes
Lisa Cisneros, Pioneer Press/Franklin Park Herald Journal, October 7
Ridgewood begins study on consolidating with elementary districts, surprising Union Ridge officials
Taylor Hartz, Pioneer Press/Norridge-Harwood Heights News, October 7
At Vocational Preschool, high school students get window on careers in early education, child care
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, October 6

In today’s Leading News, suburban civics teachers aim for respectful discussions in a challenging political climate. Elgin-based School District U-46 seeks to offer additional career pathway programs. In Decatur SD 61, seventh- and eighth-graders learn financial literacy.  Central SD 51 in Washington begins renovations. Also in the news, Naperville districts begin discussions on this year’s IASB resolutions.

In a partisan political landscape, North Shore civics teachers aim to deliver lessons in respect, empathy

Karen Ann Cullotta, Pioneer Press/Winnetka Talk, October 8

U-46 could offer 23 career pathway programs

Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, October 8

Decatur students learn the real cost of living

Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, September 28

Additions, renovations will add to Washington’s Central School District campus

Steve Stein, Journal Star, Peoria, September 29

Return of proposal to arm teachers brings out opposition from District 203 parents, board members

Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, October 8

In today’s Leading News, the teachers strike at Murphysboro CUSD 186 will reportedly last through the week. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot asks the Chicago Teachers Union for a “sense of urgency.” Will County reports vaccination rates. A threat reported to Mt. Zion CUSD 3 was determined to have come from outside the U.S. Also in the news, schools nationally address vaping with manufacturers.
Negotiations in Murphysboro break down after third day of teachers' strike
Elizabeth Taylor, WSIL, Carterville, October 7
Exasperated Lightfoot appeals to CTU to match her offer with ‘comprehensive’ counterproposal
Fran Spielman, Chicago Sun-Times, October 7
About 97% of Will County school-age children immunized, health department says
Alex Ortiz, Herald-News, Joliet, October 5
Sources of Mount Zion High School Google threat 'from outside the United States'
Decatur Herald and Review, September 26
Juul accused by school districts of creating vaping ‘nuisance’
Bloomberg News/State Journal Register, Springfield, October 7

In today’s Leading News, Mundelein High School District 120 joins districts considering implementing e-learning days in place of snow days. Lake Villa CCSD 41 elementary grades will stay put for the time being. Nokomis CUSD 22 works to iron out a special ed funding wrinkle. Also in the news, Marion CUSD 2 plans to add five law enforcement officers to part-time duty at schools and likewise Urbana SD 116 considers its options for more SROs.

Mundelein High may trade snow days for e-learning
Russell Lissau, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, October 4
Lake Villa District 41 will not move sixth-graders to Palombi Middle School — at least for now
Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, September 25
Special Ed Funding Snag Frustrates Nokomis Board
The Journal-News, Hillsboro, September 30
Marion sends cops to schools
Curtis Winston, Marion Republican, September 25
Urbana school board hears proposal for more resource officers
Tim Mitchell, News-Gazette, Champaign, October 1
In today’s Leading News, a Decatur SD 61 program aims for reading, and resilience. St. Charles CUSD 203 aims to educate about and prevent vaping. Schools talk about changing grading and ranking practices. A hot month leads to hopes for air conditioning sooner rather than later in Lyons THSD 204. Also in the news, there’s plenty to share in Monticello CUSD 25.
One Book, One School at Eisenhower High School tackles topics of addiction and resilience
Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, September 25
How St. Charles police, schools are tackling underage vaping
Lauren Rohr, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, October 1
To rank or not to rank: A local high school is considering abolishing class rank. Here's what other schools are doing
Graham Ambrose, Quad City Times, September 23
After a steamy September, parents want quicker phase-in
Bob Skolnik, Riverside-Brookfield Landmark, September 24
Monticello school sets up 'share table' at lunch, for students who need 'a little extra each day'
Steve Hoffman, News-Gazette, Champaign, September 23
In today’s Leading News, schools are closed in downstate Murphysboro CUSD 186 as teachers there are on strike. Mahomet-Seymour CUSD 3 reconsiders extracurricular participation by homeschool students.  Huntley Community SD 158 engages its community in strategic planning. Also in the news, East Moline School District 37 elementary students tailgate to celebrate the start of the school year.
Daniel Valle, WSIL, Carterville, October 2
WCIA, Champaign, September 30
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, September 27
Graham Ambrose, Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, September 30
In today’s Leading News, Murphysboro CUSD 186 could strike tomorrow. A settlement has reportedly been reached in the Carlinville ESD 95 contract negotiations. Questions arise over funding education for students with complex medical needs requiring long-term residential care. Jacksonville SD 117 decides to limit on-campus memorials.  Also in the news, CNI looks at the Evidence-Based Funding formula after one year.

Murphysboro teachers' union votes down district's latest offer, sets Thursday strike date
Isaac Smith, The Southern Illinoisan, September 3

No strike: Carbondale teachers reach tentative agreement with school board
Leanne Fuller, WPSD, Paducah, Kentucky, October 1

Who Will Pay To Educate Profoundly Disabled Children?
Dusty Rhodes, WUIS Education Desk, Springfield, September 30

Memorials no longer allowed in Jacksonville schools
Noelle Forde, WICS, Springfield, September 24

Evidence-based funding analyzed after initial year
Peter Hancock , CNI/Piatt County Journal-Republican, October 1

In today’s Leading News, read updates on possible strikes and ongoing negotiations. Also in the news, teachers are crossing oceans and miles to teach Spanish language classes, and parents object to “canceling” Halloween.

Murphysboro teachers ready to strike Thursday
Elizabeth Taylor, WSIL, Carterville, October 1

Bremen High School Dist. 228, teachers ‘far apart’ on contract terms, union chief says
Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, Chicago and suburbs, September 30

Chicago Teachers Ready To Strike
Sarah Karp, WBEZ, Chicago, September 27

Freeport schools hire educators from Spain to fill teacher shortage
WQRF, Rockford, September 25

Evanston elementary school ‘cancels’ Halloweendue to equity and some parents are not happy…
Christen A. Johnson, Chicago Tribune, September 27


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