Credit Carl Sandburg College

Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg is celebrating a major milestone this weekend. Friday and Saturday, the college will hold several events to commemorate its 50th Anniversary. 

WVIK Staff

A sidewalk at Augustana College in Rock Island is now a "free expression zone." This morning, students used chalk to write "make America safe again" and "black lives are human lives," on the campus Quad. 

Free the Teachers

Sep 21, 2016
TOV Press and

Even though he formally retired seven years ago, Dave Markward continues to work in education. 

Credit Rock Island School District

The Rock Island School District is asking business owners, parents, and community members to help create a strategic plan for the next three years. Tomorrow, school administrators will hold several focus group meetings.

On Midwest Week, trying to understand how schools are funded in Illinois and why that might change sometime soon.

Herb Trix's guest is Dusty Rhodes, education reporter for Illinois Public Radio in Springfield.

You can also hear Midwest Week on WVIK Friday's at 6:20 pm during All Things Considered. 

McGuire Contract Extended

Sep 13, 2016
Moline School District

A vote of confidence for the superintendent of the Moline schools. Monday night, the board of education approved a contract extension for Lanty McGuire.

McGuire was named interim superintendent in June of last year (2015), then in December the board made his appointment permanent with a contract through next June (2017). 

Thanks to the continuing budget fight between the governor and Illinois general assembly, it'll be another tight budget year for the United Township School District. Monday night the school board gave its final approval to a 20.8 million dollar budget for the coming year.

Superintendent Jay Morrow says because of low state funding for education, his  district will have to use reserve funds, again, to make up for a deficit of more than 2 million dollars.

The contract for the superintendent of Davenport schools has been extended. Monday night, the board of education approved an extension for Art Tate to June 30, 2019. Tate is continuing his practice of not accepting a raise in his salary.  

Bridgepoint Education

The former owner of Ashford University in Clinton is in trouble. Monday the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced it will take action against the for-profit company, Bridgepoint Education, for illegal student lending practices. 

Rock Island School District

Despite problems with the state, the schools in Rock Island are doing a good job educating their students. That was the message this week from Superintendent Mike Oberhaus during his annual State of the Schools Address to members of the Rock Island Kiwanis and Rotary clubs. 

Oberhaus says the schools are implementing new programs and adding new classes, even as the state budget crisis drags on and on. And doing it at a lower cost than many other districts in Illinois.