Education

Education

Knox College

An actress, producer, and philanthropist will give this year's commencement address at Knox College in Galesburg. 

Normally when I report on Illinois school funding, the story involves some task force or legislation trying to make our system more equitable. I always mention that's because Illinois relies on property taxes to fund schools, so schools in prosperous places have every amenity while schools in areas with low property values are out of luck. Today, though, I'm reporting on something entirely different — a whole separate method Illinois uses to make school funding inequitable.

Western Illinois University is an economic driver in the region by employing  hundreds of people and bringing in thousands of students to the campuses in Macomb and the Quad Cities. The University also strives to grow the local economy by lending a helping hand to entrepreneurs and small business owners through its Small Business Development Center.

A superintendent from southeastern Iowa has been chosen to lead the school district in Clinton. Gary DeLacy from Danville was one of three finalists for the superintendent's job in Clinton.

With help from a private foundation, the auditorium at Moline High School will soon be transformed into a performing arts center. Monday night the board of education approved plans to renovate and expand the current facility.

EICC Budget for 2017-18

Mar 13, 2017

Work on next year's budget for the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges is nearly finished. Monday night trustees will hold a public hearing, and then vote on a proposal for Scott, Clinton, and Muscatine Community Colleges.

As the Davenport School District prepares its budget for next year it's also looking ahead two more years. Monday night, the board of education discussed a three year budget reduction plan.

The Clinton School District will hold in-depth interviews this week with finalists for the job of superintendent. The board of education received 20 applications, and narrowed the list to three.

A man in a light tan suit coat and blue tie speaks behind a podium.
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Western Illinois University wants to do more to help the Quad Cities area create new  businesses and expand existing companies. In January, the university opened its second Small Business Development Center on its riverfront campus in Moline. Michelle O'Neill reports WIU also opened a new, International Trade Center.

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At the board meeting Monday night, Davenport Schools Superintendent Dr. Art Tate announced $18 million in budget cuts for the district.

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