Boost in state funding paints a better picture Tribune
For nearly two decades, state education officials set aside a paltry $500,000 a year to help spur arts education in Illinois public schools. But after a 2005 audit revealed that 30 percent of elementary students and 70 percent of high schoolers had no exposure to art, music, theater or dance, state education officials changed their tune.
Glenbard district agrees on contract Tribune
Glenbard High School District 87 teachers will receive an average 2.8 percent salary increase in each of the next five years as part of an agreement approved Monday by the school board.
11 indicted over kickbacks Tribune
Officials with two suburban school districts, a fire department and a Chicago-based non-profit agency were among 11 people indicted Tuesday on federal fraud charges, prosecutors said.
Student loan agency losses top $ 7 million Sun Times
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission, which offers student loans across the country, lost nearly $7.5 million on its portfolio last year.
State sues over student loan debts Sun Times
For 13 years, the law firm of Wexler & Wexler went after students who didn't pay off their loans on time. Partner Mitchell Wexler estimates the firm collected $45 million for the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, which backed the loans for the federal government and was responsible for collecting bad debt.
More CPS graduates going on to college Sun Times
The number of Chicago public school graduates going on to college is on a steady uptick, rising from 44 percent to 46 percent to 48 percent over the last three years, CPS officials revealed Wednesday.
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