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

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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.

Claire speaks to the board
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Kids do physical activity
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Elementary schools are on the front line whenever a kid has a problem, and not just with homework. Complex family issues, health problems, lack of access to basic necessities—that all comes with them to school and can affect academic performance.

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.

Taylor Harper and Campbell Albaugh
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If it seems like graduation is coming early this year, you are right.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Bruce Rauner at a podium
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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.

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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Illinois is creating a new merit-based scholarship aimed at getting more high school graduates to attend in-state colleges and universities.

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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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A recent study co-authored by an Illinois State University professor finds that college-aged adults who were helicopter parented are less likely to get involved in politics than their non-helicopter parented counterparts.

Derek sits in his office at Fell Hall
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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.

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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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.