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Unit Five Education Association

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Unit 5 elementary students are set to return to the classroom every day in under two weeks--and that’s causing anxiety for their teachers.

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Unit 5 Superintendent Kristen Weikle announced Wednesday night a planned return to in-person learning, saying the district hopes to bring students back to the classroom beginning in October “assuming that the metrics are such that we’ll be able to do so.”

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.

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.

Derek sits in his office at Fell Hall
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of GLT’s Skipping School, a special series about the teacher shortage facing Illinois schools.

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.

Senator Jason Barickman on the Senate floor.
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The Illinois Senate has approved a new system for funding schools that will reduce large disparities between wealthy and poor districts.