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In the Farrington school district, near Mount Vernon, a new teacher makes less than $29,000—even with a master’s degree. Farrington is one of the lowest-paying districts, but state officials say some 7,000 teachers statewide makes less than $40,000.

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The Town of Normal is outsourcing its crossing guard program.

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2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion Karthik Nemmani lists his home as McKinney, Texas. Until last year, though, he lived in Bloomington-Normal.

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Starting teachers in the Unit 5 school district will do a little better next year under a new contract approved by the school board.

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School districts are showing interest in children's cognitive development before age 5.

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The Unit 5 school board discussed Wednesday how its schools are taking the next step in introducing a new approach to grading in the district.

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The Unit 5 school district and the union representing its teachers have reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement.

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Unit 5 school board member David Fortner said Wednesday he wants to do away with Columbus Day.

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The state of Illinois will finally begin sending local school districts more than $350 million dollars to equalize school funding.

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Illinois education officials are weighing in on President Donald Trump’s proposal to arm teachers as a school safety precaution.

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Unit 5 officials are not thrilled with Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to shift pension costs from the state to local school districts.

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A new report has labeled the state’s teacher shortage a crisis—one that’s particularly bad for Central Illinois districts struggling to lure candidates away from Chicago-area schools.

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The Unit 5 school board accepted a settlement Wednesday to resolve a long-running property tax dispute with Young America.

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“Robert Michael McKay, 72, of Bloomington, passed away Feb. 7, 2017, at his home.”

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Want to know how your kid's school is performing compared to others? The Illinois State Board of Education on Tuesday released graduation rates, test scores and other metrics through its online school report cards.

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The Unit 5 school board is looking into bringing local food to its school cafeterias.

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station told students at Chiddix Junior High School and the Challenger Learning Center Summer Space Camp that he never tires of looking out into deep space and what he misses most about earth when he's on a mission is a "big juicy bacon cheeseburger."

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A retired Unit 5 school district educator recently called for more aggressive efforts to hire minority teachers in Bloomington-Normal.

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The bid for the artificial turf at the Bloomington High School field has come in about $100,000 under the estimate.

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Illinois State University Education Professor Deborah MacPhee has designed a collaborative model of teacher education she says bridges the gap between theory and practice.

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A Bloomington school has earned a national honor.

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The Unit 5 school board has approved a 3 percent increase in spending in its next budget, even as it faces an overall deficit.

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Every day starts with a good night's sleep, according to Ryan Heeren. He and Robert Bosquez are with the West Bloomington Revitalization Project's Tool Library and helping to organize the Bed Blitz, a volunteer effort to build and provide beds to kids sleeping on the floor, on furniture, or with family members. 

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Flanked by local Republican legislators and school officials, Gov. Bruce Rauner stopped by Bloomington High School on Thursday to tout the state's new school funding formula.

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Most of the national teacher shortage comes because teachers are getting out of the profession.

That's according to Nancy Latham, an early childhood education professor at Illinois State University and its representative to the State Board of Education.

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Unit 5 Superintendent Mark Daniel said Wednesday he is cautiously optimistic the school's bus contractor will do better than the start of school last year.

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Unit Five grade school enrollment will go down in Bloomington-Normal and high school enrollment will rise for the next few years.

That's according to a new demographic study presented to Unit Five school board members Wednesday night.

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District 87 Schools in Bloomington have loaned the area vocational education program close to a quarter million dollars.

District 87 Superintendent Barry Reilly said it's a shame that's necessary because of the state budget deadlock. Reilly also said District 87's interest rates are climbing because the state bonds are near junk status.

Unit Five Questions Proposed Low Income Housing Location

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Unit Five Schools has helped postpone a decision on a low-income housing development in southwest Bloomington. The city council is asking for a financial impact study.

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A group of Normal Community High School students has tried their hands at breaking the budget deadlock.

A group led by Social Studies teacher Patrick Lawler drove to Springfield to meet with General Assembly members.

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