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Lawmakers Question U Of I On Innovation Network, DPI

During the past week, you probably caught a brief news story or two about the Illinois Innovation Network, or maybe Discovery Partners Institute. It's worth your attention: In the current state budget, these two projects are slated to receive half a billion dollars.

The 1908 Race Riot & 'Being Black At School'

Earlier this month, we reported on the 1908 Race Riot in Springfield and what's being done to remember and reconcile 110 years after the violence broke out. As part of that reporting, we spoke with Kelly Wickham Hurst, CEO and founder of the advocacy organization Being Black at School .

Manar Hopes To Override Teacher Salary Veto

lllinois is in the grips of a severe teacher shortage, but late last week, Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed legislation to raise their wages. The bill would've ramped up the minimum salary to $40,000 by the year 2022. In a message explaining his veto, Rauner called that an "unfunded mandate." But State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), who sponsored the legislation, says he hasn't given up on the effort.

Killjoy: Is Gameplay Okay In The Age Of Massacres?

At Springfield High School, Ethan Doyle is an honors student, a member of the baseball team, the investment club, and an elite student group known as Superintendent's Roundtable . But perhaps his most notable accomplishment came during the spring of his sophomore year, when he assassinated more of his classmates than anybody else. "My mom didn't really care but my dad, he was hyped up about it a little bit. He was excited," Ethan says. That's because Ethan had triumphed in a game that's been

WATCH-LISTEN: Seeking Solutions on K-12 Education - Peoria

Panelists at the Peoria forum discussed Education issues in Illinois. Panelists: Pastor Marvin Hightower Beth Crider Professor Dean Cantu Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat

What Will It Take To Fix Illinois's Teacher Shortage?

Chuck Bleyer is worried the southern Illinois school district he heads won't be able to fill an open teacher position by the time classes start this fall.

Trauma Hurts Kids, But Educators Can Help

Children who experience trauma often face behavioral, health and academic challenges, according to decades of research . Kristine Argue, instructional resource and professional development director for the Illinois Education Association (IEA), teaches educators across the state about the science around trauma and brain development, and she encourages administrators, teachers and school support staff to find ways to make their learning environments more welcoming for all students.

How Schools Can Help Kids Traumatized By Gun Violence

Last month, about a dozen people gathered in the basement of a church in Champaign, Ill. to learn about how traumatic experiences affect the lives of children and young adults, and what they can do to mitigate its effects.

Private Working Group Studies Public Safety

Gov. Bruce Rauner has a track record of handing the toughest topics to small bipartisan panels of legislators. These "working groups" have been tasked with solving budget and pension problems, plus criminal justice reform. And weeks after the Florida mass shooting, Rauner formed a working group on public safety. Like the others, that group meets in private. Speaking after today's meeting, State Rep. Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) said it's probably meant to prevent politicians from

U of I President: Freeze Tuition At Least 2 More Years

The University of Illinois president told a panel of lawmakers Thursday that he'd like to maintain a freeze on tuition rates.

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