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Education and Schools

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Bloomington High School (BHS) welcomed this year’s freshman class Monday with a cookout and game day.

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Editor's note: This is Part 4 of GLT’s Skipping School, a special series about the teacher shortage facing Illinois schools. You can also read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

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Editor's note: This is Part 3 of GLT’s Skipping School, a special series about the teacher shortage facing Illinois schools. You can also read Part 1 and Part 2.

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Editor’s note: This is Part 2 of GLT’s Skipping School, a special series about the teacher shortage facing Illinois schools. Part 1 was about teachers who left the profession.

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Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of GLT’s Skipping School, a special series about the teacher shortage facing Illinois schools.

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Parents and kids across Bloomington-Normal are about to snap back into their school routines as classes resume in Unit 5 and District 87 after summer break.

McLean County 4-H Show
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If you haven't been to the McLean County Fair's 4-H Show in a few years, you might be surprised.

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Many Central Illinois school districts are struggling to fill an unprecedented number of teaching vacancies just weeks before the school year begins.

“Incredibly amazing,” “brilliant” and “very gifted” are just a few ways an Illinois Wesleyan University professor described her three students who recently won a $5,000 grant to start up their business.

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Ten days ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that public sector employees who choose not to join unions no longer have to pay reduced fees to cover collective bargaining. And already, a crusade to persuade teachers to drop union membership has hit Illinois.

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Illinois State University’s Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN) is launching a new program that will teach student nurses about preventative practice.

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Heartland Community College is set to become the first community college in the state to offer counseling services to its students by video.

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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.

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In the Farrington school district, near Mount Vernon, a new teacher makes less than $29,000—even with a master’s degree. Farrington is one of the lowest-paying districts, but state officials say some 7,000 teachers statewide makes less than $40,000.

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The Town of Normal is outsourcing its crossing guard program.

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Scripps National Spelling Bee

2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion Karthik Nemmani lists his home as McKinney, Texas. Until last year, though, he lived in Bloomington-Normal.

Unit 5 district offices
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Starting teachers in the Unit 5 school district will do a little better next year under a new contract approved by the school board.

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School districts are showing interest in children's cognitive development before age 5.

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The Unit 5 school board discussed Wednesday how its schools are taking the next step in introducing a new approach to grading in the district.

Unit 5 district offices
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The Unit 5 school district and the union representing its teachers have reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement.

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Unit 5 school board member David Fortner said Wednesday he wants to do away with Columbus Day.

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The state of Illinois will finally begin sending local school districts more than $350 million dollars to equalize school funding.

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Illinois education officials are weighing in on President Donald Trump’s proposal to arm teachers as a school safety precaution.

Unit 5 district offices
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Unit 5 officials are not thrilled with Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to shift pension costs from the state to local school districts.

Illinois State University

A new report has labeled the state’s teacher shortage a crisis—one that’s particularly bad for Central Illinois districts struggling to lure candidates away from Chicago-area schools.

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The Unit 5 school board accepted a settlement Wednesday to resolve a long-running property tax dispute with Young America.

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“Robert Michael McKay, 72, of Bloomington, passed away Feb. 7, 2017, at his home.”

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Want to know how your kid's school is performing compared to others? The Illinois State Board of Education on Tuesday released graduation rates, test scores and other metrics through its online school report cards.

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The Unit 5 school board is looking into bringing local food to its school cafeterias.

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station told students at Chiddix Junior High School and the Challenger Learning Center Summer Space Camp that he never tires of looking out into deep space and what he misses most about earth when he's on a mission is a "big juicy bacon cheeseburger."

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