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Students pose in their color t-shirts
District 87 / Facebook

On paper, Marcus Brown is a fifth-grader at Irving Elementary School in west Bloomington. But he has another title that’s way cooler: Leader of the Black House of Altruismo, the House of Givers.

Georgia Nugent
Illinois Wesleyan University

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Brady and Dave
Ryan Denham / WGLT

A lot of people don’t figure out what they want to do professionally until college—or later. Brady Veal of Bloomington knew when was 8.

Marquell, recipient, and Carla
Tiffani Jackson / WGLT

Amid continuing police-involved shootings of black Americans and renewed focus on racism at Illinois State University, two local groups have teamed up to show solidarity—and make 50 kids very, very happy.

Jay Percell
Breanna Grow / WGLT

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.

Teachers posed together
Blue Ridge Federation Community Support / Facebook

Blue Ridge teachers Union President Don Anton said Tuesday he believes a tentative three-year contract agreement with the district is a good deal for members.

Daniel and Hitchins
Eric Stock / WGLT

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.

First Student bus
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Unit 5’s school board president said Wednesday the district should consider exploring other transportation options starting next year amid concerns about its current busing company, First Student.

Helen Brandon
Jolie Sherman / WGLT

Next month the 2020 Illinois Teacher of the Year will be chosen from among the 10 finalists.

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

District 87 sign outside Bloomington Junior High School.
Eric Stock / WGLT

District 87 is looking to fill a vacancy on its school board following Mary Yount’s resignation.

Staff / WGLT

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
Mary Cullen / WGLT

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.

Claire speaks to the board
Mary Cullen / WGLT

The Unit 5 school board heard public comment Wednesday from a woman whose daughter was in Jonathan Hovey’s first grade class at Glenn Elementary this past school year.

Dhruv Rebba
Hari Rebba / WGLT

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.

Trail East
Farnsworth Group

Illinois State University’s Board of Trustees will vote this week on a proposal to lease space in the planned Trail East building to open a small-business incubator.

Unit 5 Board Members in their meeting room
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

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.

Taylor Harper and Campbell Albaugh
Eric Stock / WGLT

If it seems like graduation is coming early this year, you are right.

mark Jontry at a mic
Staff / WGLT

The state needs to rethink professional development for teachers and make it even easier to become a sub if it wants to reverse a worsening educator shortage, according to a new report.

Empty desks
djJohn / Flickr via Creative Commons

The Illinois Board of Education says it is switching to a new standardized test this month for third through eighth graders across the state.

Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker and a new crop of legislators will take office come January. Those crafting state education policies say they will continue one of the biggest fights in recent years, finding more funding for teachers, students and schools.

Prairieland Elementary School
Eric Stock / WGLT

Illinois' new school report card shows three Unit 5 junior high schools and one elementary school are underperforming, while three of the district’s grade schools received high marks.

Access to high-speed internet stops about seven miles east of both Nippersink School District 2 and Richmond-Burton Community High School District 157, according to Tom Lind. He’s the superintendent of both districts, located near the border of Wisconsin —  about 70 miles northwest of Chicago.

What test should school teachers have to pass to earn a license in Illinois? The Illinois State Board of Education takes up that question at their meeting Wednesday.

Oakland Elementary students run around the gym
Eric Stock / WGLT

Students at one Bloomington grade school are getting a healthy start to the day.

Like most states, Illinois is struggling with a severe teacher shortage. And, also like most states, that shortage is felt most profoundly in the area of special education. There is, however, an army of teacher assistants already on the job. Could they help relieve this shortage?

Mark Daniel
Staff / WGLT

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.

Bruce Rauner at a podium
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Gov. Bruce Rauner has a vetoed bill that would have given public school teachers an annual minimum salary of $40,000 over the next five years.

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