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Central Illinois schools releasing guidance on masks

CENTRAL ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Schools around central Illinois are releasing updated guidance regarding masks on campus. This comes after the Illinois Department of Public Health said they are aligning with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Officials with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign said they are...
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Coping with sending children back to school in Central Illinois

CENTRAL ILLINOIS, Ill. (WMBD) — After spending a year in and out of the classroom, students across Illinois will be heading back to in-person classes full-time, if families choose to do so. With the pandemic still lingering on, health professionals suggest speaking with your child to prepare them for the...
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This is the Least Educated City in Illinois

College enrollment has declined steadily in the United States in recent years. With rising tuition costs and surging student debt, enrollment rates have fallen at an average of nearly 2% a year since 2010. While four years of higher education may not be for everyone, Americans without a bachelor’s degree tend to be far more […]
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Illinois works to attract and support more early childhood teachers

Illinois is boosting efforts to attract and support more early childhood teachers. State Board of Higher Education Executive Director Ginger Ostro says the new law creates a consortium of Illinois Colleges and Universities that will make it easier for child care workers to earn an associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree.
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ISU, Town Of Normal Prep For Student Return As COVID Cases Rise

Illinois State University said Wednesday everyone on campus must wear a mask in indoor public spaces. The directive comes as the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health issued new guidance to respond to the more contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus. The CDC currently designates McLean County as...
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87.6 percent of Taylorville Senior teachers stay put; average earns $51,851 per year

The Illinois Schools Report Card finds that 87.6 percent of teachers stay at Taylorville Senior High School year to year, according to their 2020 three-year average. The Illinois State Board of Education records data concerning faculty salary, retention and attendance because maintaining a stable faculty makes for a better environment for teachers and students, furthering student success, according to the report.
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89.7 percent of Luther J. Schilling teachers stay put; average earns $60,926 per year

The Illinois Schools Report Card finds that 89.7 percent of teachers stay at Luther J. Schilling School year to year, according to their 2020 three-year average. The Illinois State Board of Education records data concerning faculty salary, retention and attendance because maintaining a stable faculty makes for a better environment for teachers and students, furthering student success, according to the report.
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Education services extended for special needs students in Illinois

Students with special needs will be able to finish their last year of high school regardless of when their birthday falls on the calendar, while those who lost a year or more of in-person schooling due to the pandemic and have since aged out of special education eligibility will be given another year to complete their schooling.
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AWAKE Illinois: 'Schools should've opened August 2020'

AWAKE Illinois members are blasting state leaders over their handling of the COVID-I9 crisis and their decision to close schools across the state, a move the groups says was unnecessary. “Schools should have opened August 2020,” the group recently posted on Twitter. “Illinois policymakers failed our kids… will they ever...
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93.1 percent of Dixon teachers stay put; average earns $58,980 per year

The Illinois Schools Report Card finds that 93.1 percent of teachers stay at Dixon High School year to year, according to their 2020 three-year average. The Illinois State Board of Education records data concerning faculty salary, retention and attendance because maintaining a stable faculty makes for a better environment for teachers and students, furthering student success, according to the report.
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Illinois teachers union approves on wearing face masks in schools

ILLINOIS (KFVS) - After the CDC issued new guidelines for face mask at schools on Tuesday, the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) announced they agreed with the federal health agency. In a release statement, the ITF said they believe the guidance for student, teachers, and staff to wear at school...
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Illinois invests $200M in teacher education

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO) — Those interested in pursuing a career in early childhood education will get a boost in support for their studies, thanks to a new bill signed into law on Wednesday. Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed the $200 million legislation aimed at strengthening the pipeline of educators, by...
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Metro offering free rides to school in Illinois Quad Cities

MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) - Kids heading back to school this fall in Moline, Coal Valley, Rock Island, and Milan will be able to hop onto a Metro bus and get a free ride to and from school. MetroLink announced fares will be waived for K-12 students riding Metro’s fixed route or school peak service routes during the fall 2021 semester.