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

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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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Two years ago, Peoria Public Schools renamed Woodrow Wilson Primary School to Dr. Maude A. Sanders Primary School. Now, District 150 Board of Education Vice President Gregory Wilson has asked his fellow board members to support name changes for facilities currently honoring Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Benjamin Harrison, Calvin Coolidge and Charles Lindbergh.

The impact from COVID-19 may lead to a rise in the number of homeless students for the upcoming year in Peoria public schools.

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


School school districts are having trouble getting laptops and tablets in the hands of students, as the start of the fall semester inches closer. That comes amid shipping and fulfillment backlogs born of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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.  

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Activists have added school resource officers to the larger conversation of police reform in the United States. Some call for the removal of police from schools. Others are looking at ways to change officer roles.

But those leading school safety in Peoria Public Schools say they've had decades to get it right.

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The Peoria Public Schools Board has approved a Return to School plan for this fall after COVID-19 forced schools to move online in March.

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Peoria Public Schools is helping students and recent graduates find summer jobs with the help of COVID-19 related grant dollars.

After months of debate, Peoria Public Schools has agreed to a shortened, two-year agreement with Quest Charter Academy.

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There are more questions than answers when it comes to students returning to classrooms this August.

Richwoods High School Principal Brett Elliott is heading north for a new superintendent's job.

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A Peoria nonprofit wants to make sure students have access to free reading materials during the coronavirus shutdown.

Peoria Public Schools will open food distribution sites for all people ages 18 and younger Tuesday through March 30.

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Some students need extra help in the classroom and, much as they try, sometimes teachers can't do it all. The non-profit Peoria Friendship House has begun a mentorship program with the idea that some of the best teachers are parents.

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Sixteen Central Illinois organizations will benefit from an $8.6 million settlement paid out by the owners of the closing E.D. Edwards coal power plant near Bartonville.

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The Peoria Public Schools board approved a new two-year contract with the Peoria Federation of Teachers Monday night.

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A new after-school program for Peoria Public Schools students aims to make neighborhoods safer and prevent youth violence.


Peoria Public Schools is formally cutting ties with a former school resource officer criticized for a racially insensitive social media post.

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It was a homecoming of sorts Thursday for Dr. Marquita Furness Davis. 

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

The Peoria Public Schools Foundation needs donations for their Little Free Pantries.  The pantries are set up at 14 schools across the district. This month, they're hosting a Thanksgiving food drive.  The pantries also stock hygiene products and household items.

Quest Charter Academy's leaders say they'll prove to the Peoria Public Schools Board that it deserves to continue. 

The Peoria Public Schools board unanimously approved a conditional 2-year renewal for Quest Charter Academy.

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.

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

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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A $20,000 grant from Ameren Illinois will allow the Center for Prevention of Abuse to continue and expand its human trafficking education programs in area schools. 

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Peoria Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat said the 2019 School Report Card from the Illinois State Board of Education is good news for the district.