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After hearing substitute teachers’ concerns, Unit 5 officials want them to join the conversation.

Rauner and Janus in D.C.
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If you’re wondering how teachers unions will survive after the Supreme Court’s Janus decision, consider Bloomington’s District 87 as a test case.

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Unit 5 Superintendent Mark Daniel said the district has about a year and a half until a referendum becomes necessary to maintain the current quality of education.

Teacher speaks to school board
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A veteran Unit 5 substitute teacher said the district doesn’t pay in a timely manner, let alone enough for the job.

Bloomington Junior HIgh School
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Classrooms might not be quite so crowded in Bloomington-Normal public schools this year.

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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 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.

Mary Cullen / WGLT

There’s a lack of minority representation and participation in Unit 5 schools, according to a 20-year Bloomington-Normal resident.

Unit 5 district offices
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The Unit Five School Board has picked a new board member to replace Joe Cleary. Cleary took a job out of state.

New Board member Kelly Pyle is an academic advisor at Illinois State University and a former head of Clinical Experiences in Audiology at the University. 

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Two Unit 5 parents have been chosen to fill vacancies on the school board.

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The Normal West head soccer coach says his teams’ recent trip to Jamaica will prepare his players not just for next season—but for the rest of their lives.

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Another Unit 5 school board member is stepping down.

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McLean County Unit 5 School Board Member Joseph Cleary announced his resignation from the board at Wednesday’s meeting.

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It's taken just two years for a new program at Normal Community High School to blossom into becoming one of the best in the state.

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

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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.

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Additional security measures will be in place Thursday at Normal West high school after a threatening note was found in a boys’ restroom.

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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An online prank that caused the term "shooting range" to pop up when you Googled a local high school has now been removed.

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With tears, a moment of silence and the release of pale blue balloons into a nearly cloudless sky, members of the Normal West high school softball team paid tribute to Olivia Sonetz on Thursday.

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Like so many in Bloomington-Normal, Unit 5’s school board is looking to save money its Internet service.

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Hundreds of Bloomington-Normal students walked out of their classrooms Wednesday to demand that lawmakers act to stop gun violence in schools.

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NCHS Ironmen

Both Unit 5 high schools now have new head football coaches.

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Agreements that ended a long-running property tax dispute involving student apartments and Unit 5 schools have left other taxing bodies with lots of questions.

Libraries have been a staple for knowledge for thousands of years, but in Bloomington-Normal some schoolchildren have yet to take that first step—their very own library card.

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Ellie Diggins and her friends can’t drive a car. They can’t vote. They’re not even in high school yet. But they want to influence the public debate over gun violence.

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