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Students, faculty and alumni join a march
Breanna Grow / WGLT

Few rallies include performances by a brass ensemble. 

Kids run on playground
Elise Amendola / AP

McLean County school districts have a lot of decisions to make now that the state has released its guidelines for reopening. But one thing they agree on: Requiring kids to wear a mask all day every day at school is going to be a challenge.

Justin L. Fowler / The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool

Students will be allowed to return to K-12 schools for in-person instruction in August, state officials said Tuesday as they released guidelines for how that will work.

Unit 5

The Unit 5 school district will buy nearly 8,000 tablets, laptops and Chromebook computers and try to get them into the hands of students and teachers for the new school year.

Mark Jontry
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Peoria Public TV and regional offices of education in central Illinois are starting a distance learning television channel. 

Staff hand out meals
District 87 / Facebook

Unit 5 and District 87 students, parents, and teachers will shift into a new phase of remote learning this week that could be in place until the end of the school year.

Custodian cleans schools
Tony Dejak / AP

Bloomington-Normal students and teachers got their first taste of their new reality Monday as schools began what will be at least a two-week shutdown because of the coronavirus.

Cindy Hernandez

Ryan Abbott's dream of creating a mobile museum for children with autism and special needs has become a reality.

First Student bus
Ryan Denham / WGLT

The Unit 5 school board is sticking with its sometimes-frustrating bus service for one more year. The board Wednesday approved retaining First Student in a short contract.

Eugenia Cheng with Colbert

While playing a game of superheroes with her best friend at 7 years old, Eugenia Cheng had one of her first introductions to gender roles.

architects rendering of the Trail East five story building
Town of Normal

A new on-campus makerspace and startup incubator in Uptown Normal will be Illinois State University’s contributions to a newly funded Illinois Innovation Network, officials said Wednesday.

Larry Dietz speaks
Eric Stock / WGLT

Gov. JB Pritzker visited Illinois State University on Thursday to announce the long-awaited Fine Arts Complex renovation is finally going to happen.

First Student buses
Eric Stock / WGLT

Unit 5 could save between $5 million and $8.3 million over the next decade by taking back control of student transportation, a consultant told the school board Wednesday night.

Kristin Kendrick-Weickle smiling and talking
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The Unit 5 school board approved Kristen Kendrick-Weickle as the new superintendent Monday evening. It was not unanimous.

Beth and Sarah
Ryan Denham / WGLT

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Sheila Diaz, left, and Robin Landry
Ryan Denham / WGLT

On a day off from his 70-hour work week, David Cruz met with a tutor who helps him with language skills he hopes will bring him closer to his dream of a better job and U.S. citizenship.

Students talk in class
Jolie Sherman / WGLT

This spring, students from Normal Community High School will sit in the seats of senators.

Exterior of NCHS
Staff / WGLT

Unit 5 is facing pushback from its high school teachers over the rollout of a new grading system that educators say is confusing parents and students and not delivering on its promise to individualize learning.

Bone Student Center
Eric Stock / WGLT

Illinois State University trustees will decide Saturday whether university president Larry Dietz has earned a performance bonus.

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.

Illinois Wesleyan University
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 To Receive National Honor

Sep 26, 2019
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.