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Bloomington Public Library entrance
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Bloomington Public Library officials say they don't have a firm dollar amount they are willing to spend on a planned expansion, but they say it will be scaled down from previous plans the city has rejected.

Illinois State University

If it weren’t for the curious mind and adventurous nature of a former professor from Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State universities, the United States may not have expanded West when it did.

Illinois State University

After commonly being the only woman and person of color in STEM circles, Candice Halbert decided to make a change.

Jay Percell
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What’s the point of points-based grading?

Jay Percell found himself asking that question a lot during his decade as a high school teacher.

Panelists at ISU event
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There are lots of good reasons to become a teacher. It’s rewarding. Kids need you. And because of a teacher shortage, the state needs you too.

But Shamaine Bertrand has an even better reason: Teachers are powerful.

Daniel and Hitchins
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The Unit 5 school board has developed a schedule to announce its new superintendent by the end of January. The confidential search will open Monday and close Nov. 29.

Tri-Valley Middle School in Downs
Village of Downs website

Tri-Valley Middle School was named one of 25 Illinois elementary, middle, and high schools to receive a 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools award.

Central Illinois Girl Scouts are seeking new methods to recruit girls to combat a drop in enrollment.

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The Unit 5 school district is on track to end this fiscal year with a $12.8 million deficit. That's part of the tentative $192 million total budget for 2019-2020. 

Erin Ripley-Gataric
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Even if the conversations are uncomfortable, a community sex educator said it's important for parents to start young when talking about themes of sex and body anatomy with their children.

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The Unit 5 school board approved a change to its finals policy Wednesday, expanding final exam exemptions to include high school juniors.

Director for Secondary Education Dan Lamboley said the previous policy allowed seniors with an “A” or “B” grade and no more than six absences to opt out of finals for that class.

“What we’re proposing to start in spring 2020 is any junior or senior with an ‘A’ average in a class on the last day of the semester would be exempt from that final assessment,” he said.

Dhruv Rebba
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Amateur radio, or ham radio, can be a fun hobby for some, but it can also open many doors for the future.

Glenn exterior with Hovey's mugshot
Google Maps, McLean County sheriff's department

On Friday police arrested a longtime first-grade teacher at Glenn Elementary School in Unit 5 for allegedly molesting female students. Unit 5 pulled the teacher, Jonathan Hovey, from class back in April when the district learned of a new allegation.

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The Unit 5 Finance Committee met Wednesday night for preliminary discussions on how to address the district’s growing education fund deficit.

Unit 5 Board Members in their meeting room
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Heartland Community College said high school students across central Illinois have saved $4.9 million in community college tuition and fees with dual credit courses through their high schools over the last five years. Sixteen high schools participate in the program with HCC.

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Four Unit 5 parents are alleging the district discriminates against black students and black job applicants.

Unit 5 school board candidates
Mary Cullen / WGLT

With six of seven Unit 5 school board seats up for election this year, there are four current members guaranteed to remain seated.

Unit 5 school board meets
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It looks like substitute teachers in Unit 5 will get the pay raise they’ve been asking for.

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Unit 5 will avoid a major deficit without cutting education expenses for the 2018-2019 school year.

doors to a big room opening in the middle of the windowed expanse
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Bloomington High School has cut the ribbon for its fine arts wing expansion and renovation.

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

Ben Luginbuhl poses in his classroom
Mary Cullen / WGLT

A music and choir teacher from Unit 5 is one of 10 nominated to be the 2019 Illinois Teacher of the Year.

Mark Daniel
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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.

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

Children getting onto a school bus
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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.

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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The Illinois Senate has approved raising public school teacher salaries to a minimum of $40,000 a year.

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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