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03/08/10 Fighting back against the tide of school budget cuts
By Kerry Lester - Brad Hawk has a bird's-eye view of what he calls "a perfect financial storm." The former superintendent of Central Unit District 301, retired since last summer, has spent recent months working as a consultant, helping school administrators try to... FULL STORY
03/07/10 Across the suburbs, school districts are predicting deep deficits
By Kerry Lester - On the 2009 Prairie State Achievement exam, juniors in 66 high schools across Cook, DuPage, Kane, McHenry and Lake counties crushed the state average in reading by 20.5 points, and 25.2 points in math out of 200 possible. FULL STORY
03/06/10 U-46 teachers union elects new leaders
By Kerry Lester - The 2,500-member Elgin Teachers' Association voted in new leadership this week. Kathryn Castle, a former Elgin High School teacher and current full-time teacher mentor and union vice president, will replace longtime President Tim Davis beginning in... FULL STORY
03/05/10 District 301 revising home-school sports policy
By Kerry Lester - The Central Unit District 301 school board is considering revising its policy that allows home-schooled students within attendance boundaries to play on sports teams. FULL STORY
03/04/10 Illinois one of 16 'Race to the Top' school funding finalists
By Kerry Lester - Suburban school districts got reason to hope for funding relief Thursday, but not much else. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that 16 states, including Illinois, have been selected as finalists in the federal Race to the Top... FULL STORY
03/03/10 Slashed state budget could mean up to $29 mil. more in cuts for U-46
By Kerry Lester - Elgin Area School District U-46 has estimated that it could be forced to cut an additional $19 million to $29 million next year if the state slashes education funding. FULL STORY
03/02/10 Some fees set to skyrocket in District U-46
By Kerry Lester - The Elgin Area School District U-46 board Monday approved school fee increases for the first time in several years. FULL STORY
03/02/10 Larkin gets grant to help students cope with schoolmate's slaying
By Kerry Lester - John W. Keyes III's tragic death last November sent shock waves through Elgin, even reaching the offices of local legislators. FULL STORY
02/27/10 U-46 union, superintendent detail concerns in budget cut plan
By Kerry Lester - There's been one big elephant in the room during recent Elgin Area School District U-46 budget forums and school board meetings: the teachers union. FULL STORY
02/26/10 Spring Trail publishes inaugural edition of 'Paw Print' newspaper
By Kerry Lester - Students at Spring Trail Elementary in Carol Stream made the news this week, literally. Fourth- through sixth-grade students put out their first addition of the school's newspaper, "The Paw Print." FULL STORY
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