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Peoria Public Schools

Peoria Public Schools will participate in a program built to improve graduation rates for black, Latinx, and low-income students. 

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The Illinois State Board of Education is encouraging anyone with information about abusive time-out rooms or restraints in any school setting to share that information directly with the agency. The request comes in the wake of a report by the Chicago Tribune and ProPublica documenting thousands of instances of children, usually with special needs, placed in seclusion in their schools.

Governor J-B Pritzker says he's "appalled" by reports of forced student isolation in Illinois schools and promised immediate action.

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llinois has more than 850 school districts, and most of those stop at 8th grade, or serve only high school students. State Sen. Dan McConchie (R-Lake Zurich), has proposed legislation that would give such districts three years to merge to become “unit” districts — the kind that serve all grades.

Peoria’s Jamieson School is home to the newest chapter of the Future Farmers of America, a youth organization meant to build leadership through agricultural education.


Bradley University is weighing cuts and new programs to tackle an $8 million budget deficit.

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Richwoods High School was rated in the top 10 percent of STEM schools in the country by Newsweek magazine.

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If a school resource officer wants to question a student about a criminal act, they first have to notify the student's parents. That's according to a new law implemented at the beginning of this school year.


State disinvestment in higher education has put a college degree out of reach for many Illinois students. That’s a key finding from a new series of reports from the Partnership for College Completion.

The “Priced Out” reports focus on the three groups most impacted by funding lapses: Black, Latinx and students who live in rural communities.

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Over the past few years, Illinois lawmakers have been trying to ease the teacher shortage. But one of those plans also made it more difficult for school paraprofessionals to get licensed.

Peoria Public Schools board members heard Quest Charter Academy's arguments for five more years of funding at a public hearing Monday night.

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With most lawsuits, you can read the pleadings and decide who’s the bad guy. But in this case filed by the Children's Habilitation Center, I can’t find a bad guy. The plaintiff represents 10 children with disabilities, seeking almost $1 million from one of the very poorest school districts in the state — West Harvey-Dixmoor District 147.

The Illinois State Board of Education yesterday released its new report card. That name makes it sound like gives schools a grade, which it does. But there’s much more to it than that. Here are five things you need to know about the Illinois Report Card:

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A group of state lawmakers is calling on Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul to investigate the sale of student data.

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In Illinois, students of color comprise more than half of the school population, but their teachers are overwhelmingly white. And even when schools recruit and hire teachers of color, those educators tend to leave the profession much faster than their white colleagues. A recent report took a look at what schools can do to encourage Black and Latinx teachers to stay.

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About a dozen children with complex medical needs have been kicked out of school over a funding dispute. The children reside at Children's Habilitation Center — a long-term care facility for children with complex medical needs, located in Harvey, Illinois.

Peoria Public Schools Board of Education President Dan Adler is declining to run for another term.

Adler has served on the board since July 2015. 

Adler said he's confident in Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat's leadership of the district. He said he feels it's time to step down and pass on the torch to new leadership so he can spend more time with his family.

He works as an engineer at Caterpillar.

Adler represents District 3 on the school board. Anyone looking to fill the seat must submit their nominating petitions between Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. 


Over the summer, public schools across Illinois received kits designed to help staff members respond in the event of life-threatening injuries. Each kit contains Nitrile gloves, a MicroShield mask, QuikClot bandages, and a tourniquet — just enough supplies to help save one person from bleeding to death. Schools can receive up to five more free kits if they train more staff on a curriculum called STOP the Bleed.

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Bradley University is high on the list in a new Best Colleges Rankings from U.S News and World Report.

The publication ranks Bradley as the 4th best regional university in the Midwest, and the best in Illinois. Bradley was also ranked as the most innovative school and the best school for veterans in the Land of Lincoln.

The school also had the best-rated undergraduate engineering program in the state. 

“It’s so nice to have an outside source like this to recognize all the work that we’ve put into what we do here at Bradley, said spokeswoman Renee Charles.

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This year, lawmakers approved a slew of new legislation intended to address Illinois’ teacher shortage. But Mark Klaisner, the new president of the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools, said school districts across the state are still struggling to fill open teaching positions.

The Peoria Park District is working to buy Forest Park Nature Center. 

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A progressive Jewish organization is hosting a workshop in Champaign on Thursday evening to help educators identify and counteract white nationalism in schools. It’s one of a series of events hosted by Bend the Arc:CU focused on increasing community safety.

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Beginning next year, Illinois schools will be required to include the positive contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in their history curriculum.

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Illinois is now the third state to require graduating high school seniors fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, otherwise known as the FAFSA form.

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Illinois is now the third state to require graduating high school seniors fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, otherwise known as the FAFSA form.

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A recent study from the University of Illinois found that black middle school students were less likely to be warned by a teacher about misbehavior than their white peers.

Peoria Innovation Alliance

Entrepreneurs met Wednesday in Peoria's Warehouse District for some serious food talk. 

The inaugural Greater Peoria Food Innovation Meetup at Sous Chef attracted a large crowd of people who make food their business across Central Illinois. 

"There's a whole different slew of products in the food arena that really qualify as innovation, but maybe not innovation as we would usually define it," said Tory Dahlhoff, the rural development coordinator for the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council. 

Illinois' former Mr. Basketball, Howard Nathan, has passed away at age 47.

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Community leaders came together today to celebrate the young people who helped make Peoria a bit more beautiful this summer in the Mayor’s Youth Program.

Peoria Public Schools District 150

A former local basketball standout is the new Peoria Public Schools District 150 director of athletics. A.J. Guyton’s appointment was announced Wednesday. He’s responsible for primary and middle school sporting activities.