Schools nationwide are grappling with how to get back to the classroom, while keeping everybody safe from COVID-19.  Regional Superintendent of Schools for Franklin, Johnson, Massac and Williamson counties Lorie LeQuatte says right now, schools are leaning towards a hybrid school day.

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Schools are poring over the 63 pages of guidelines the Illinois State Board of Education released on how to safely return to in person classes in several months.  Shane Gordon, Superintendent of  Bluford School District says the state will buy the masks, but, just one per child.

Officials Work On Tweaking Evidence-Based School Funding.

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Two regional superintendents were recently tasked with recommending ways the state can funnel new money to schools for at-risk students. Lee Gaines has this report.

More than 20–thousand dollars is going to schools and libraries in southern Illinois thanks to the "Back To Books" grant.  In a recent news release, Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announced that the money is going to the Marion Unit School District, Giant City and Unity Point schools in Carbondale and two libraries:  Crab Orchard Public Library in Marion and Harrisburg Public Library. 

The Illinois Senate is advancing the education funding reform compromise.

The bill restructures how money is paid out to districts, aiming for a more equitable system.

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza says she will likely have to skip another payment to the state's schools.

That's because of a political fight between Democrats in the legislature and Republican Governor Bruce Rauner.

Governor Bruce Rauner Tuesday vetoed significant portions of legislation that would overhaul the way Illinois funds public schools.

Much of the legislation has bipartisan support. But, the governor took issue with Democratic provisions meant to help Chicago Public Schools.

The Democrat-controlled Legislature appears headed to another showdown with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner after sending him the school funding reform bill Monday afternoon.

Governor Bruce Rauner is threatening a special session if lawmakers don't send him the education funding reform bill they passed.

The measure is sitting in the Senate and Governor Rauner says lawmakers have until noon on Monday to advance it.

Researchers from SIU-Carbondale are partnering with 40 schools in southern Illinois to assess school safety, bullying and ways to promote a safe, supportive learning environment.

The head of the Murphysboro School District is warning parents, faculty and staff that - without state funding - the district cannot make it through the upcoming academic year.

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WSIU continues its series on Poverty in southern Illinois.  In this installment, we take a look at the link between poverty and education, and how education can fight poverty.

The Kansas Supreme Court gave state lawmakers an ultimatum:

Make school funding more equitable by June 30, or it will consider shutting down the state's public schools.

Since then, things have gotten ugly.

Lawmakers followed up with a plan — to make it easier to impeach Supreme Court judges who attempt to "usurp the power" of the Legislature or governor.