Following an all-night bargaining session, negotiators with the University of Illinois and the union representing graduate workers on the Urbana campus have reached a tentative contract agreement.

The Graduate Employees' Organization - or GEO - announced the news on social media earlier Thursday.

U of I Graduate Workers Strike Hinges On Tuition Waivers

Mar 7, 2018

Hundreds of classes have been canceled and dozens more relocated as a strike by graduate employees at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign continues into a second week. On Tuesday night, graduate workers occupied the office of university president Tim Killeen. Strikers have a variety of demands, but one of the most contentious points focuses on the future of tuition waivers — and whether some graduate workers will have to pay tuition while employed in academic positions on campus.

PUKA School in Carbondale May Close

Mar 6, 2018

Financial woes have one childcare center in Carbondale considering closing its doors.

Since 1975, the PUKA school has provided childcare for families of southern Illinois.

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The union representing graduate employees at the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus is going on strike.

A panel of state senators today heard budget requests from agencies representing colleges and universities, and lawmakers took the opportunity to ask why neighboring states are able to lure so many Illinois students away.


The answer is pretty simple: Other Big 10 schools offer financial considerations that Illinois' flagship campus can't match.

Art Teacher Tries to Bring Programs Back

Feb 20, 2018

When schools are forced to make cuts, the arts are often the first to go, but some are trying to bring those programs back.
Josh Shearer started his teaching career at Century Unit District 100 in Pulaksi County as an art teacher - that program was cut 8 years ago.

SCC President Comments on Overspending Accusations

Feb 15, 2018
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Shawnee Community College administration has been accused recently of overspending.

Administration at Shawnee Community College recently came under fire after the purchase of an audio-visual lectern that's cost was nearly fifteen-thousand dollars.


The controversial standardized tests known as PARCC could be on their way out after this spring.

The Illinois State Board of Education plans to request sealed proposals for a new statewide exam next week. That’s in response to concerns from teachers and parents about the hours-long reading and math assessment that most third- and eighth-graders failed.

The Illinois Community College Board and some lawmakers have outlined strategies to try to respond to a future of work that will demand advanced skills and training.

More than 24,000 families across Illinois were unable to submit applications to the state's new private school scholarship program because the online registration system shut down due to ``extreme demand.''

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn about the effects of the first year of the Trump Administration.

Pres. Donald Trump’s administration has been in power for a year now. “State of Trump” is our series discussing what’s changed in the state ... and what might be ahead.


Today we hear from high school government teacher Neil Calderon about how the Trump presidency has affected the way he teaches:


Nearly 90,000 students in schools across Illinois do not have access to high-speed internet, preventing them from participating in modern classroom activities like taking online tests or classes and browsing the internet.

Legislation announced Wednesday would set aside $16.3 million to help fund the installation of fiberoptic cables for high-speed internet in about 100 districts. The one-time state payment could be matched with roughly $47 million in federal funds.

The Illinois State Board of Education Wednesday voted unanimously to ask the general assembly to DOUBLE state funding for public schools.

Science Night Comes To Murphysboro

Jan 15, 2018

This Thursday (January 18) in Murphysboro, the public is invited to a night of hands–on exploring.  The first ever science night is the work of the Murphysboro Middle School Parent, Student and Teacher Association.

Nearly 200 Illinois school districts will lose out on equitable funding if lawmakers can't come up with a way to deal with the amendatory veto Governor Bruce Rauner issued last week.

He has made campaign commercials touting the new school funding formula, but he nixed a trailer bill that clarified funding for districts with certain tax caps.

If you're sick of hearing people say "nothingburger," "impactful," "drill down," and "pre-owned," you're not alone. Those are just a few of the words and phrases newly-banished for "over-use, mis-use and general useless-ness" by the language guardians at Lake State Superior State University in Michigan.

Teachers and some staff at Western Illinois University will begin the new year without a new contract.  They're in mediation with the administration and are working under terms of the previous contract, which expired over the summer.

The Illinois Community College Board is planning to roll out several alternative ways people can earn their high school equivalency certificate other than passing a test.

The State Journal-Register reports that the board plans to offer the other methods by the fall of 2018 and get more people into the workforce pipeline.

Illinois' new school funding plan includes a controversial one-hundred-million-dollar tax-credit program to provide private school scholarships. The date to reserve those credits is fast approaching.


Southwestern Illinois College President Georgia Costello is planning to retire next year after a decade of leading the school.

A new report shows the statewide teacher shortage is felt most acutely in districts with lots of low-income students. But it's also hitting rural and wealthier districts.

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A group of 5th graders at Cobden Elementary School in Union County is putting together a school newspaper. WSIU's Brad Palmer talked with teacher Kelly Flamm and the student journalists about their new endeavor.

While the sometimes heated discussion about an academic reorganization proposal continues at SIU-Carbondale, Southeast Missouri State University is moving ahead with its own restructuring plan.

The Cape Girardeau School's Board of Regents approved academic department restructurings Friday on a smaller scale.

The Northern Illinois University student newspaper will begin receiving student fees in order to save the student-operated Northern Star. According to an editorial published this week, the newspaper received student fees prior to 1996 but opted out due to its financial position at that time.

The $600,000 severance agreement with former President Doug Baker was approved again Thursday morning by the Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees.

The re-vote came as the result of a lawsuit brought by DeKalb resident Misty Haji-Sheikh, who contended the trustees didn’t give the Presidential Transition Agreement proper public notice the first time in violation of the Open Meetings Act. A DeKalb County Circuit Court judge agreed and declared the original approval null and void.

A higher education professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign says the tax cut bill working through congress is a bad deal for students.

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Governor Bruce Rauner joined Japan's Consul General to the Midwest at Rend Lake College for a workforce and education roundtable.

They were joined Wednesday by educational leaders, employers and economic development officials from southern Illinois.

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Illinois Public Radio's Judy Valente talks with Poet Laureate Kevin Stein, after he announced his intention to step down from the role.

When Al Bowman was president of Illinois State University, he liked the freedom and flexibility that he had to run his campus. Now that tables have turned.