Education

Education

Rock Island School District

Twenty teachers in the Rock Island schools will probably get pink slips with their next paychecks. Tonight, the school board is set to vote on whether to renew the contracts of teachers who aren't tenured, or worked only part of the school year or part-time.

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Students at United Township High School will no longer get to stay home on Veterans Day. Yesterday, the Board of Education decided next fall, students will learn about the holiday at school. Superintendent Jay Morrow says November 11th will now be a regular school day. But, the district is working with the East Moline American Legion, and others, to present a ceremony for students.  

Morrow says the Illinois school code requires recognition of Veterans Day. Next fall, United Township High School students will instead have November 25th off, instead of the 11th.

School Board Results

Apr 7, 2015

Residents of the Moline School District rejected two incumbent members of their school board, and instead elected four newcomers. Incumbents Dawn Ratzburg and Cecilia O'Brien trailed the four winners by at least 200 votes, losing to Justin Anderson, Tim Miller, Susan Tucker, and Kate Schaefer. 

Moline School District

Voters in Rock Island County have once again said "no" to raising the sales tax to help schools, but by a much smaller margin than the previous two times.

Even though state funding has not yet been set for next year, the Bettendorf school board has finished working on the budget, and will submit it to the state by the deadline next week. Monday night, the board held a public hearing then gave its final approval.

Moline School District

Once again, a proposed local option sales tax for schools will be on the ballot Tuesday in Rock Island County. Herb Trix reports. Polls will be open in Illinois Tuesday from 6 am until 7 pm. 

Land once proposed for a new athletic complex for Saint Ambrose University in Davenport, instead will be used by Assumption High School - for a sports complex. On Tuesday, Assumption completed the purchase of the property from the university.

Students who graduate from Carl Sandburg College's honors program will now have an easier path to a four-year school. Honor students will be able to transfer directly from the two-year community college into Western Illinois University's Centennial Honors College.

School Funding Revolt

Mar 27, 2015

The Davenport School District asks why it has to cut programs and staff when reserve funds could be used. And why it can't spend as much as neighboroing districts.

This week on Midwest Week, Herb Trix's guest is Linda Cook, reporter for the Quad City Times. 

The cost to attend Western Illinois University may go up next fall. Tomorrow the board of trustees will consider raising tuition, fees, and room and board by 1.7 per cent. Under the university's cost guarantee program, entering undergraduate students will pay the same amount each year for all four years if they graduate on-time. The proposed increase for those attending WIU in the Quad Cities is 2 per cent.Also on tomorrow's agenda is next year's student health insurance fee.The board meets at 9 am, in Macomb. 

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