The practice of the "pickup" -- where school districts pay some, if not all, of teachers' contributions into their own retirement pensions -- could leave Illinois' educators, students and taxpayers high and dry.
From such diverse towns as Normal and Equity — alongside several out-of-state communities — 53 recent Illinois high school graduates will advance to college thanks in part to Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) scholarships.
Black Hawk College of Moline and Kewanee was recently downgraded by Moody’s Investors Service alongside 14 other Illinois institutions of higher learning, lowered from an Aa3 to an A1 ranking by the standard-bearing credit agency.
Illinois’ State Board of Education (ISBE) recently revealed that high school juniors statewide will be able to take the College Board’s SAT exams free of charge during the 2016-17 school year, replacing the existing test.
Edison and Washington Jr. High will move to Standards Based Grading starting this August, a move that follows on the heels of Rock Island-Milan School District’s 2013 decision to implement the system at the elementary school level.