Leading News 2021

In today’s Leading News, COVID response media coverage includes plans for federal funds and students choosing to stay with remote learning. As IHSA traditional spring sport seasons start, other teams are shut down due to coronavirus. Officials in Moline are assessing a report of a racist incident and hazing on a high school football team. Also in the news, and update on the re-naming of two Waukegan schools.
School districts strategically planning how to best use federal relief money
Dave Hinton, Champaign News-Gazette, April 7
Even as schools reopen, many students learn remotely: survey
Collin Blinkley. AP/Chicago Sun-Times, April 7
Team sports sidetracked by COVID
Marilyn Thomas, Homewood Flossmoor Chronicle, April 13
Moline police complete investigation into racist video involving Moline football players
Thomas Geyer, Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, April 11
Waukegan schools renamed for civil rights icons John Lewis and Edith M. Smith, replacing historical figures with slavery ties
Steve Sadin, Lake County News-Sun, April 14

In today’s Leading News, districts use current events to plan for the coming academic year. Looking back and forward, Glenview SD 34 proceeds with projects supported by a 2020 referendum. Also in the news, a few more takes on last week’s Consolidated Election.
In-Person Learning This Year Gives Schools A Head Start For Planning Next Year
Susie An, WBEZ, Chicago, April 8
One year after approval, Glenview District 34′s $119 million referendum projects continue with construction bids, plans for groundbreaking
Kaitlin Edquist, Chicago Tribune, April 6
How unions, political groups influenced school board elections
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, April 9
Teachers' contract top of agenda for new D205 board members
Matt Koester, Galesburg Register-Mail, April 8
McHenry County recount shows all four Huntley 158 incumbents secured reelection
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, April 9

In today’s Leading News, talks and turmoil continue in CPS on the return of high school students to the classroom. Warren THSD 121 (Gurnee) anticipates cuts after voters turn out against a referendum. An unusual tally in a school board race drew attention a glitch in McHenry County vote-counting. Also in the news, an innovative STEM education program in Aurora may close.
CPS high school staff will refuse in-person work starting Wednesday without movement toward a reopening agreement, teachers union announces
Diana Wallace and Hannah Leone, Chicago Tribune, April 12
CPS high school reopening agreement remains elusive
Nader Issa, Chicago Sun-Times, April 8
Without tax hike, Warren Township High athletics to be axed in 2023, superintendent says
Doug Graham, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs April 7
McHenry County clerk's office figures out why results were misreported
Kelli Duncan, Northwest Herald, April 8
West Aurora School Board talks about future of STEM Partnership School
Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, April 8

In today’s Leading News, a Friday look at school board election coverage from Illinois newspapers.
Remote learning backlash appears to have little effect on Naperville school board races, where incumbents lead
Rafael Guerrero, Naperville Sun, April 8
Contested area municipal, school board races decided in Tuesday's election
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, April 7
What was decided in Tuesday's election?
Dave Fopay, Journal Gazette and Times Courier, Charleston/Mattoon, April 7
Equality Illinois lauds election of Alana Banks, first Black trans woman on a school board
Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, April 7
Voters decide township, school board races
Alton Telegraph, April 7

In today’s Leading News, coverage from regional newspapers on local school board outcomes in Tuesday’s election, including results from districts that drew attention. Also in the news, the debate over school district response to the pandemic played a role in the 2021 election cycle.

Final results: Illinois metro school board election roundup
Anthony Watt, Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, April 7
Calderon, Saunders, Rediger, Strahle win Ball-Chatham school board seats
Natalie Pierre, State Journal-Register, Springfield, April 7
Bloomington District 87 returns 3 incumbents, adds newcomer
Lenore Sobota, Bloomington Pantagraph, April 7
4 incumbents ousted from Bourbonnais school board
Stephanie Markham, Kankakee Daily Journal, April 7
With union support, establishment candidates turn back critics of gradual school reopenings
Eric Peterson and John Lampinen, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, April 7
In today’s Leading News, read preliminary reports on the consolidated election, and check your local media for more. Also in the news, coronavirus pandemic relief and recovery maintains a hold on the headlines.
Incumbents hang on in several Fox Valley school, college board races
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, April 7
'Pretty minimal' voter turnout in Tuesday night's consolidated election
Isaac Smith, Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, April 7
A new routine for custodians:
School districts and janitors continue to spend extra time, money due to pandemic

Brandon Behlke, Galena Gazette, March 29
An $11 saliva test for COVID-19 helped dozens of Chicago-area schools reopen. So why are administrators scrambling to defend it now?
Elyssa Cherney, Karen Ann Cullotta and Steve Schering, Chicago Tribune, April 2
Illinois schools to get $7 billion in federal money. How much for local districts?
Megan Valley, Belleville News-Democrat, April 4
In today’s Leading News, it’s school board election day in Illinois. Here is media coverage of some of the issues board members and their districts consider.
Parents encourage others to vote in school board election
Alyssa Hui. WICS, Springfield, April 5
COVID-19, new superintendent seen as key issues in Bloomington District 87
Lenore Sobota, Bloomington Pantagraph, March 31
What to do about do-rags? Dress code splits Unit 40 board
Andrew Adams, Effingham Daily News, March 23
Rogers Elementary School in North Pekin to close at end of school year
Mike Kramer, Pekin Daily Times/Peoria Journal Star, March 25
Families of balanced-calendar students weigh options for unusual year
Anthony Zillis, Champaign News-Gazette, March 23

In today’s Leading News, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the April 6 school board elections have prompted increased interest and conversation. Also in the news, “fixing the damage” and the ISBE’s funding request.
Why pandemic drove so many challengers to run for school board
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, April 3
Decatur Middle School Civics Club students question school board candidates
Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, April 1
Hey procrastinators, here’s your last-minute guide to voting in southwestern Illinois
Mike Koziatek, Belleville News-Democrat, April 5
Glenbrook North and South students organize rally to support school board candidates
Joe Lewnard, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, March 31
Pritzker unveils ‘toolbox’ guide to begin to fix COVID-19’s damage to education — and $7 billion in federal tools
Rachel Hinton, Chicago Sun-Times, March 31
State School Board Makes Case for Funding Increase
Peter Hancock, CNI/WSIU, Carbondale, April 2

In today’s Leading News, districts get information on the three-year federal recovery funding plan. The Illinois P-20 offers guidelines. Voters examine a referendum in Gurnee. CPS hopes to keep students engaged over spring break. Also in the news, an Air Force general offers wisdom to East St. Louis students.
Illinois governor announces $7B for schools to return to classrooms, including more than $77M for Rock Island County schools
Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, March 31
State releases 180-page guide to school reopening
Peter Hancock, CNI/Champaign News-Gazette, April 1
Warren High athletics would get ax in 2023 if voters reject tax hike, administrators say
Doug T. Graham. Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, March 31
Lightfoot hopes to spark CPS student engagement over spring break in ‘Spring Forward’ initiative
Chicago Sun-Times, March 26
Air Force’s highest-ranking female tells East St. Louis youth ‘the sky’s not the limit’
Abigail Cole, Air Mobility Command Public Affairs, Belleville News-Democrat, March 29
In today’s Leading News a look at media coverage of issues affecting next week’s school board elections in Illinois.
Residency forces contested race for Orion school board
Lisa Hammer, Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, March 31
Ball-Chatham school board election: Meet the 6 candidates and see what they hope to add
Natalie Pierre, State Journal-Register, Springfield, March 30
Error on ballot for Urbana school board unlikely to affect voter choices, authorities say
Debra Pressey, Champaign News-Gazette, March 30
Five candidates vying for four seats on Carbondale District 95's school board
Isaac Smith, Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, March 30
COVID-19, equity and finances high priorities for Unit 5 board race
Kelsey Watznauer, Bloomington Pantagraph, March 31

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