Leading News 2022

In today’s Leading News, read the local takes on the CDS update for schools.

What you need to know about new COVID-19 guidelines as school year approaches
Zach Roth, State Journal-Register, Springfield, August 13

Illinois drops quarantine requirement, adopts new CDC COVID-19 guidelines for K-12 schools, early education
Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle, August 14

State of Illinois adopts new CDC guidelines for schools
Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, August 12

CPS outlines COVID-19 protocols for new school year, including expanding test-to-stay program
Tracy Swartz, Chicago Tribune, August 9
In today’s Leading News, the CDC has relaxed coronavirus mitigation guidance. North Shore SD 112 in Highland Park considers school security measures. Arlington Heights SD 25 plans new facilities for all-day kindergarten. Also in the news, Decatur SD 61 counselling organizes necessities for students.

CDC drops COVID-19 quarantine for close contacts and 6-foot distancing
Mike Stobbe and Collin Binkley, Chicago Tribune, August 11

Highland Park officials rethinking school safety following mass shootings
Jenna Barnes, WGN, Chicago, August 11

Arlington Heights District 25 takes first steps on full-day kindergarten, building plan
Christopher Placek, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, August 10

Stephen Decatur Middle School counselors create 'wall of necessities'
Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, August 8
In today’ Leading News, contract negotiations and agreements are underway in many Illinois school districts.
Bargaining between Peoria Public Schools, the teachers union has broken down
Leslie Renken, Peoria Journal Star, August 4
District 186 teachers overwhelmingly reject tentative contract agreement. What's next
Steven Spearie, State Journal-Register, Springfield, August 10
Woodland school district, teachers union agree to five-year contract
Doug T. Graham, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, August 1
Contract gives ETHS teachers raises, extended parental leave
Duncan Agnew, Eganston Roundtabe, August 9


In today’s Leading News, budget conversations continue – for the most part – in school districts across the state,

Budget, return-to-school plan on Dixon school board agenda
Troy E. Taylor, Sauk Valley News, August 9

Stevenson School District 125 board OKs $128M budget, spending more on tech supplies and books
Elizabeth Owens-Schiele, Pioneer Press/Buffalo Grove Countryside, August 9

CPS takes another budget hit, loses $30M in expected state funding
Sarah Karp and Nader Issa, Chicago Sun-Times, August 5

Decatur schools' finance committee meeting canceled because of flooding
Valerie Wells, Decatur Herald and Review, August 3

In today’s Leading News, as back-to-school gears up, COVID mitigation decisions do, too.
Rock Falls High School approves return-to-school plan
Troy E. Taylor, Sauk Valley News, July 26
Physical distancing eliminated as part of St. Charles School District’s updated COVID-19 mitigation plan
Eric Schelkopf, Kane County Chronicle, July 28
'Going to look normal': Many precautions will ease in schools even as COVID lingers
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, August 7
Some Illinois school districts to ditch COVID-19 tests this fall: ‘The demand really wasn’t there’
Karen Ann Cullotta, Chicago Tribune, August 8
New school year, no mask rules for most of U.S.
Jessica Blake, Chalkbeat, August 4

In today’s Leading News, school districts discuss school safety, security, and response plans. Also in the news, “no cause for panic,” as EdWeek looks at what school leaders need to know now about the monkeypox outbreak.
School training for Bloomington police focuses on active response
Connor Wood, Bloomington Pantagraph, July 27
Emergency officials call meeting to 'refresh' Henry County school response plans
Mike Helenthal, Kewanee Star Courier, July 27
Sycamore school board reviews district crisis plan
Camden Lazenby, DeKalb Daily Chronicle, July 28
The Monkeypox Outbreak: What School Leaders Need to Know
Evie Blad, Education Week, August 5
In today’s Leading News, national stories with local takes cover public school enrollment, staff and educator shortages, and coronavirus. Also in the news, a Woodstock CUSD 200 teacher earns a Grammy nominations.

As fewer kids enroll, big cities face a small schools crisis
Mila Koumpilova and Matt Barnum, Chalkbeat; Collin Binkley, Associated Press, August 1

Bus driver shortage leading to increased wages but also worry for districts, bus companies
Doug T. Graham, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, July 31

Some southwest Illinois schools still have open teaching jobs with new year approaching
Belleville News-Democrat, August 2

Schools ‘cautiously optimistic’ about new year, but COVID-19 worries linger. ‘Don’t forget about people with extreme circumstances.’
Karen Ann Cullotta, Chicago Tribune, August 1

Woodstock District 200 orchestra director earns Grammy recognition
Northwest Herald/Shaw Media, June 19

In today’s Leading News, Peoria Public Schools announces an addition to its school security systems. Monticello CUSD 25 seeks approval for non-resident tuition waivers for students of full-time staff.  Riverside-Brookfield THSD 208 posts a budget surplus. Orion CUSD 223 will allow home-schooled children to participate in extracurricular activities. Also in the news, a new Illinois collaboration aims to improve early childhood education.
'Something proactive': How new software enhances security at Peoria Public Schools
Leslie Renken, Peoria Journal Star, August 1
Monticello okays waiver for non-resident tuition for employees
Kevin Barlow, Piatt County Journal Republican, July 26
Beating revenue forecasts, RB posts budget surplus of $3.4M
Bob Skolnik, Riverside-Brookfield Landmark, July 26
Orion to allow home-schoolers to participate in extra-curriculars
Lisa Hammer, Sioux City Journal, July 23
A new statewide system seeks to improve access and equity around early childhood education and care
Tim Shelley, WCBU, Peoria, August 2

In today’s Leading News, districts, families, and communities are gearing up for back-to-school.

Tax rollback on school supplies starts Friday: Here's what you need to know
Patrick Keck, State Journal-Register, August 2

Back to School taking a bigger bite this year
Beth Welbers, Geneseo Republic, August 1

ALPLM plans Back to School Bash at Union Square Park on Saturday. What to know
Steven Spearie, State Journal-Register, August 1

Elgin-area barbershops offer free back-to-school haircuts for students in need
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, August 1
In today’s Leading News, DeKalb CUSD 428 students discuss personal safety. Springfield SD 186 has a tentative contract deal with teachers. Granite City CUSD 9 increases pay for substitute teachers. Also in the news, seeking clarity on a name.
‘There’s like fights every other day’: Area youth talk about issues experienced in DeKalb District 428 schools
Megann Horstead, DeKalb Daily Chronicle, July 28
Tentative contract agreement reached between District 186, teachers union
Steven Spearie, State Journal-Register, Springfield, July 27
Granite City schools increase substitute pay
Alton Telegraph, July 28
Moving Toward ‘Glenbrook’, Not ‘Northfield’, High School Dist. 225
Tom Robb, Journal & Topics, Chicago suburbs, July 28

In today’s Leading News, boards of education consider what’s next after June referendums, and what others may be on the ballot in November and April.

Mahomet-Seymour school board asking public how to proceed
Dave Hinton, Champaign News-Gazette, July 28

Neoga School Board Celebrates Referendum Results
Greg Sapp, WXEF, Effingham, July 29

Batavia school board approves $140M referendum for November ballot
Jonah Nink, Kane County Chronicle, July 20

Unit 1 tables annexation vote
Terra Temple, Metropolis Planet, July 28

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