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03/29/10 Illinois loses out in first round of federal school stimulus funds
By Kerry Lester - Suburban school districts' hopes for funding relief were dashed Monday when the U.S. Department of Education announced just two states netted stimulus dollars in the first round of the Race to the Top federal education competition. FULL STORY
03/29/10 Elgin High teacher starts blog about being pink-slipped
By Kerry Lester - Elgin High School art teacher Tom Bremer follows a number of educational blogs. He writes a classroom blog to supplement his cartooning, animation and photography classes. FULL STORY
03/29/10 Still teaching at 67? School, union leaders question pension reform
By Kerry Lester - Illinois' budget mess has left schools hurting more than just about any government entity. Suburban school leaders have spent recent weeks slashing millions from their budgets, collectively firing thousands of teachers, and hacking away at the... FULL STORY
03/28/10 Growing chorus decries music cuts among suburban schools
By Kerry Lester and Justin Kmitch - Recent studies resoundingly show that music education is one of the keys to higher test scores and engaged and well-rounded students. FULL STORY
03/25/10 Profile shows schools' finances slipping; things only to get worse
By Kerry Lester - An annual financial profile of the state's public schools finds the number of districts cited for doing a good job in managing their finances slipping, from 72 percent in 2009 to 66.5 percent in 2010. FULL STORY
03/24/10 Is Our Lady of Angels Museum site slipping from supporters' grasp?
By Kerry Lester - A retired Chicago firefighter is spearheading a last-ditch effort to acquire a vacant Chicago firehouse to be used in part as an Our Lady of the Angels fire museum. FULL STORY
03/22/10 School districts suffer while state funds lag, but severity may vary
By Kerry Lester - With varying levels of student poverty, property taxes rates and local revenues, no two suburban school districts are funded exactly the same way. FULL STORY
03/19/10 U-46's funding bill passes Senate
By Kerry Lester - Legislation that could help Elgin Area School District U-46 claim millions more in state aid each year passed the state senate Thursday in a 40-15 vote. FULL STORY
03/18/10 How much could salary cuts save U-46?
By Kerry Lester - Nearly 25 percent of employees in Elgin Area School District U-46 are out of a job next year unless one of two things happen. The state's funding picture could, theoretically, improve. Or staff pay and benefit cuts could be negotiated. FULL STORY
03/17/10 Some U-46 schools see culture destroyed by layoffs
By Kerry Lester - Each one of the 53 schools in Elgin Area School District U-46 has its own culture, its own reputation, its own personality. Take Elgin High - one of the state's oldest high schools, steeped in more than 130 years of tradition. FULL STORY
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