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More students in the Quad Cities will get some welcome help paying for college. Monday the Quad Cities River Bandits announced the addition of Saint Ambrose University to the Bandit Scholars Program.

Rock Island School District

The Rock Island School Board will have to act quickly to make good on its promise to reduce property taxes now that voters have approved a sales tax hike. Tomorrow, the board of education will discuss how to spend the new revenue.

On election day, Rock Island County voters finally said, "Yes" to a one percent sales tax for school facilities.

Deere and Company will help a local college start a new degree program. On Wednesday, Augustana announced a $1.5 million grant from the John Deere Foundation will establish an endowed chair for data analytics.

UT High School

"Blessed," "elated," "thankful," and "excited" - that's how one superintendent feels after Rock Island County voters on Tuesday approved a sales tax increase for school facilities. It was the 4th time the proposed one per cent increase was on the ballot, and it passed 53 to 47 per cent, or by 44-hundred votes.

Bettendorf School District

The interim superintendent of the Bettendorf schools will get the job permanently. Monday night, the board of education appointed Michael Raso.

The Davenport School Board has decided to join Superintendent Art Tate "out on a limb," and ask permission from the state to spend more money than allowed by law. Monday night it unanimously approved his recommendation to apply to the Iowa School Budget Review Committee. 

State money is about to run out again for higher education in Illinois. And on Midwest Week, how the budget crisis has affected Western Illinois University - programs, employment, and capital projects.

Black Hawk College

With the opening of a new building, Black College has added a new program. Thursday it celebrated the completion of the Veterinary Sciences Center on the east campus in Galva.

The possible consolidation of two western Illinois school districts has passed another test. Wednesday night, a public hearing was held for comments on the proposal to combine the Cambridge and Alwood districts.

Property taxes for residents of the Black Hawk College district may go up next year. Thursday night the board of trustees will consider a staff recommendation to raise the tax rate by 4 1/4 per cent.