Education and Family

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Peoria Public Schools will replace city police officers with armed school security at the high school level.

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It looks like most Peoria Public Schools students will be able to go back to class sooner than expected.

Peoria Public Schools District 150

Marricea Page has taught fourth grade at Peoria’s Maude Sanders Primary School since 2011, earning the honor of Peoria Public Schools’ Classroom Teacher of the Year in August.

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Trick-or-treating will be allowed in Peoria on Halloween, but that doesn't necessarily mean officials are recommending it.

Methodist College will roll out a new Bachelor of Science in Medical and Life Sciences degree in the spring semester of 2021.

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State legislation expected to come up this year may force East Peoria Community High School to change the Native American mascot the Raiders have used since the school's founding.

Peoria Public Schools will return to in-person instruction for some students starting next month.

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Members of the Dunlap School Board say they need to start looking at 2022 now in hopes of balancing the books after passing a deficit-heavy budget for the 2021 fiscal year.

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Three weeks into the new school year and just over a month after deciding in favor of fully virtual instruction amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Peoria Public Schools have started to consider bringing some students back to the classroom.

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Members of a West Bluff neighborhood group say they're "shocked" and "heartbroken" by the removal of a community garden near the corner of W. Main and Sheridan.

A new regional essential skills pilot program seeks to get prospective employees ready to enter the workplace.

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Ten years after it closed, the crumbling old Harrison School still stands at 2702 W. Krause Ave. on Peoria's South Side. It wasn't supposed to be this way.

Exposition Gardens is looking to jump start an agricultural learning space on its acreage.

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Competing online petitions have brought the future of East Peoria Community High School’s “Raiders” mascot into question.

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Morton District 709 currently reports eight COVID-19 positive students district-wide. Another 96 are currently in quarantine, up from 43 on Friday.

The school bells may be ringing again in the Peoria area, but many students find themselves at home in front of a computer instead of in the classroom.

Peoria Public Library

Roberta Koscielski realized her calling at an early age.

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Public school students in Peoria have two options for remote learning this fall.

Dunlap School Board Hears Concerns About Reopening

Aug 12, 2020
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With school set to open in just days, members of the Dunlap School Board heard concerns about the possible spread of the coronavirus at Wednesday’s board meeting at Dunlap High School. Classes at the district are set to reopen Monday.

Shauna Segler, a seventh-grade teacher at Dunlap Middle School, said educators are facing the most difficult school year of their careers. She told the board that classrooms will not accommodate the adequate social distancing.

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Following a lengthy presentation on Peoria Public Schools’ hybrid return-to-school plans, the District 150 Board of Education Monday night pivoted to opening the academic year with full virtual instruction just nine days before the scheduled start.

The Dunlap school board surprised many students, parents, and teachers last week when it approved a full return to school this year despite the COVID-19 pandemic, instead of a hybrid "condensed" option that would have sent students home to learn remotely in the afternoons.

The Dunlap School Board rejected a condensed schedule that would have limited in-person learning in favor of a more "face-to-face" approach.

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This is the second of two stories exploring how the Peoria Riverfront Museum has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic. This story was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center. For more stories about the effect of COVID-19 on museums, please visit the Prairie State Museums Project at

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Peoria Public School District 150 will use a hybrid plan to reopen schools this fall during the COVID-19 pandemic. But for other districts in the Tri-County area, hybrid learning may not be the best option.

“It just depends on the district, the students and families they serve, and then they’re using all that information to make the best decisions they can,” said Beth Crider, Peoria County regional superintendent of schools.

Catholic school students in central Illinois will have the option of returning to the classrooms this fall.

The Diocese of Peoria, which includes the Bloomington-Normal area, announced Friday that all 42 of its primary and secondary schools will open for the 2020-21 academic year.

Students and parents can choose to enroll in five days a week of in-school instruction, or five days a week of online learning. A hybrid alternative is not included in the Office of Catholic Schools’ Diocesan Plan.

Illinois Central College

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shape the ability of people to gather in a single physical space, colleges and universities have modified methods of instruction.

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Gov. JB Pritzker joined Peoria School District 150 Superintendent Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat in touting the efforts of the Summer Youth Employment Program in helping young people from high-poverty areas gain key skills.

“This is not just a job but it’s also an education to help them get on the right path to become contributing members of society,” Desmoulin-Kherat said during a news conference at Manual High School.  

The Peoria Public Schools board spent more than two hours Wednesday night discussing refinements to its fall Return to School plan.

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This coming school year, districts will be expected to provide information on LGBTQ figures in history before students graduate eighth grade.

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Dunlap students will be returning for full weeks of school this fall.