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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. 


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.


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

Jun 13, 2017

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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District 87 Superintendent Barry Reilly calls the news absolutely deplorable that there is a web site that offers trading of nude photos purportedly of Bloomington High School students.

Kingsley Jr. High Dress Code Conversation Grows

May 11, 2017

Concerned parents want the Unit Five School Board to lighten up on the dress code and focus on what they view as more important issues. 

Kingsley Junior High's Principal recently told parents to curb female clothing, but did not mention male attire in the message.

A group told the school board being an adolescent is already a difficult time and that degrading actions by classmates can make the teenage years even worse.

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Students at Bloomington High School are helping children with special needs enjoy their time at the early childhood preschool unit in Sarah Raymond School.

The District 87 School Board is praising two freshman for remodeling small battery powered vehicles, so kids with disabilities can drive at a walking pace. Student Reed Shoemaker said the process was a challenge, but rewarding.

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An expert on the proposed revision to the school funding formula says educators are on board with the idea even if politicians aren't there yet.

LeRoy School Superintendent Gary Tipsord spoke during a recent Town Hall on school funding at Heartland Community Colege about the so-called evidence based funding model.

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How much skin is too much skin to show at school?

That's a question swirling around Kingsley Junior High School in Normal after the principal sent out a dress code edict prohibiting clothing that reveals bare shoulders, bra straps, midriff or cleavage.

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The Unit Five School Board is starting a new journey without two long-term members.

The board is recognizing Gail Ann Briggs and John Puzauskas for a combined 65 years of service.

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The District 87 School Board will be under new leadership.

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Governor Bruce Rauner indicates a key difference in competing school funding bills is a bargaining chip.

Rauner said Chicago Schools should be treated the same as other districts by the state. That came during a tour of the Beer Nuts factory in Bloomington as WGLT asked Rauner about Senator Jason Barickman's school funding formula bill.

Obama Addresses Chicago Youth

Apr 24, 2017
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Barack Obama was back in Chicago for his first big appearance since leaving the White House three months ago.

Obama sat on a University of Chicago stage with six young people to talk about issues he’d like to address now that he’s no longer president.