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Leading News 2024

In today’s Leading News, today is the first day for school board candidates for Chicago Public Schools  to submit petitions. Meanwhile, CPS reports improved reading scores. A camp at Northern Illinois University promotes STEM education and activities for all. Chalkbeat looks back at the legislative session. Also in the news, Newtown, Connecticut, graduates remember their classmates who were killed in the 2021 Sandy Hook School shooting.

Chicago school board hopefuls to submit petitions for first time ever
Nader Issa, Chicago Sun-Times, June 14

Readings scores rise for Chicago kids
Sarah Karp, NPR, June 14

NIU STEAM Camp organizer says they keep economic access to their programs in mind
Maria Gardner Lara, Northern Public Radio, June6

Here are Illinois education bills that did not pass in the spring legislative session
Samantha Smylie, Chalkbeat Chicago, June 7

Newtown High graduates told to honor 20 classmates killed as first-graders ‘today and every day’
Associated Press/Chicago Tribune, June 13
 
In today’s Leading News, budgets.

McLean County Unit 5 approves amended fiscal 2024 budget
Drew Zimmerman, Bloomington Pantagraph, June 13

Fairview Heights school district to cut costs as part of state-ordered financial plan
Kelly Smits, Belleville News-Democrat, June 13

District 87 approves budget, expresses some concerns about downtown TIF
Adeline Schultz, WGLT, Bloomington, June 13

Rockford Public Schools touts lowest tax rate in region for the first time in decades
Peter Medlin, Northern Public Radio, June 10

Facing Shortfall of Nearly $400M, Chicago Public Schools Pushes Back Budget Release to July
Matt Masterson, WTTW, Chicago, June 11
 
In today’s Leading News, Northbrook/Glenview SD 30 takes action after swastikas were found drawn in elementary yearbooks. The Bourbonnais SD 53 has denied the appeal of a union grievance stemming from a book club selection. After departures, Bethalto CUSD 8 received 21 applications for two board seats. Read the Register-Star’s coverage of Rockford SD 205 schools and “ticketing.” Also in the news, the IHSA has approved a shot clock for high school  basketball games.  

Maple School Yearbooks Confiscated After Hand-Drawn Swastikas Found
Tom Robb, Journal and Topics, Chicago suburbs, June 11

Bourbonnais elementary book club choice sparks controversy
Stephanie Markham, Kankakee Daily Journal, June 5

Bethalto School Board receives 21 applications for 2 vacant seats
Jill Moon, Alton Telegraph, June 11

Civil rights groups accuse Rockford of disproportionately ticketing Black students
Jeff Kolkey, Rockford Register Star, June 5

IHSA to use shot clock for all varsity basketball games in 2026-27
Bill Welt, Springfield State Journal- Register, June 12
 
In today’s Leading News, from cafeterias, and careers to managing stress and new situations, school districts innovate to support students. 

New food service contract eyed for West Aurora School District
Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, June 11

CPS teacher residency program growing, helping fill classrooms
Nader Issa, Chicago Sun-Times, June 10

Students look at future options with Career Camp
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, June 6

District 58 to hold Sneak Preview session for incoming seventh graders
Shaw Local News Network, June 7

Suburban high school uses heart monitors to track and manage students' stress levels
Lauren Petty and Matt Stefanski, WMAQ/NBC5, Chicago, June 3
 
In today’s Leading News, pandemic recovery conversations continue. Also in the news an Illinois appellate court ruled CPS did not violate the moratorium on school closures when the district did not renew their charters.

Most US students are recovering from pandemic-era setbacks, but millions are making up little ground
Collin Binkley, Associated Press/WSIL, Carterville, June 1

Pandemic aid for schools is ending soon. Many after-school programs may go with it
Beth Wallis, NPR Illinois, June 1

Retiring District 25 superintendent discusses medication scandal, pandemic
Chris Placek, Daily Herald, June 6

With 'chronic absenteeism' soaring in schools, most parents aren’t sure what it is
Sequoia Carrillo, NPR, June 10

CPS decision not to renew Urban Prep charter OK, appellate judge rules
Sarah Karp, WBEZ/Chicago Sun-Times, June 7
 
In today’s Leading News, read the news on facilities projects and plans in Illinois school districts.

Danville school board approves laundry facility for homeless students at elementary school
Jennifer Bailey, Champaign News-Gazette, May 24

LT trims construction plans amid cost increases
Bob Skolnik, Riverside Brookfield Landmark, June 4

New administration building approved for Sycamore School District
Camden Lazenby, Dekalb Daily Chronicle, June 4

School board hears report on structural analysis of Dennis Lab School's west end campuses
Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, May 28

Residents question Dolton District 149 officials on school renovations, use of temporary classrooms
Olivia Stevens, Daily Southtown, Chicago and suburbs, June 6
 
In today’s Leading News, read these deep dives into pressing issues for the public education community.

“No Schoolers”: How Illinois’ Hands-Off Approach to Homeschooling Leaves Children at Risk
Molly Parker and Beth Hundsdorfer, Capitol News Illinois with ProPublica, June 5

Dozens more former youth inmates sue over alleged sexual abuse at Illinois detention centers
Associated Press/Todd Richmond, Daily Herald, June 3

Federal rule on Title IX is a ruse to require trans sports participation, GOP states say
Associated Press/Alton Telegraph, May 31

A tough call: What area districts do about student cellphones
Jeff D'Alessio, Champaign News-Gazette, June 1

An Illinois School District’s Reliance on Police to Ticket Students Is Discriminatory, Civil Rights Complaint Says
Jennifer Smith Richards and Jodi S. Cohen, Pro Publica, June 4
 
In today’s Leading News, contract negotiations continue for districts and teachers and staff. Also in the news, McLean Co Unit District 5 offers support services after the tragic death of a second-grade teacher.

Support staff in New Lenox District 122 vote to unionize
Michelle Mullins, Daily Southtown, Chicago and suburbs, June 1

Plainfield District 202 reaches contract with support staff
Jessie Molloy, Joliet Herald-News, June 3

Teutopolis Unit 50 board approves teacher contract
Herb Meeker, Hometown Register, Mt Carmel, June 4

Union wins bonuses, raises in settlement with Crystal Lake District 47 over use of temp agency
Michelle Meyer, Northwest Herald, May 22

Unit 5 offers space and ways to grieve for 2nd grade teacher Amy Moore
Charlie Schlenker, WGLT, Normal, June 3
 
In today’s Leading News, school districts across the state will receive federal funds for electric school buses. Also in the news, state grants improve other ways to get to school.

Bureau Valley to receive $1.7 million in rebate funding to buy 5 clean school buses
Derek Barichello, Shaw Media, May 31

Unit 5 to buy 5 electric school buses with grant money
Charlie Schlenker, WGLT, Normal, May 30

Urbana, Hoopeston districts get federal grants for eco-friendly school buses
Jana Wiersema, Champaign News-Gazette, June 4

Harlem School District receives $800K to purchase 4 electric buses
John Clark, WTVO, Rockford, May 31

Bluffs, Pike schools among those receiving Safe Routes to School awards
David C.L. Bauer, Jacksonville Journal Courier, June 5
 
In today’s Leading News, read coverage of filling the boards in Champaign and Chicago. Post-pandemic conversations include academic recovery, closing out of funds, and class reunions.

Banks, Holm selected to fill Unit 4 board openings
Jeff D'Alessio, Champaign News-Gazette, May 31

$158,234 has been raised so far by all candidates for Chicago’s new elected school board
Jesse Howe, Nader Issa, Sarah Karp, Justin Myers and Lauren FitzPatrick, Chicago Sun-Times, June 3

Most US students are recovering from pandemic-era setbacks, but millions are making up little ground
Collin Binkley, Associated Press/WSIL, Carterville, June 1

Pandemic aid for schools is ending soon. Many after-school programs may go with it
Beth Wallis, NPR Illinois, June 1

After fractured goodbye four years ago, Homewood reunion helps former middle school students say farewell
Jesse Wright, Chicago Tribune, June 2
 
In today’s Leading News, Edwardsville CUSD 7 and Mahomet-Seymour CUSD discuss classroom space. Eureka looks at “release time religious instruction.” A yearbook controversy continues in Glenbrook High School District 225. Also in the news, Waukegan CUSD 60 redesigns student support for middle schoolers.

Edwardsville District 7 tries to ease concerns about 'temporary' classrooms
Billy Woods, Alton Telegraph May 30

Mahomet-Seymour reviews more options to relieve class overcrowding
By Dave Hinton, the News-Gazette, May 28, 2024

Eureka public school students could have option of studying the Bible during the school day
Collin Schopp, WCBU, Peoria, May 28

Glenbrook South yearbook investigation begins as tensions rise in community
Christopher Placek, Daily Herald, May 28

Programming ‘redesign’ at Waukegan middle schools to kick in next term;
‘There is more time for students who need more support’

Steve Sadin, Lake County News-Sun, May 24
 

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