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Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Strengthen Education in Illinois PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Friday, 13 June 2014 12:03

Bills Increase Support for Birth-to-Three Early Childhood Programs and Help Provide Incentives for Deserving Teachers

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to strengthen education in Illinois. The new laws support early childhood education funding and make it easier to give incentives for teacher excellence. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to give every child the opportunity for a high-quality education.

“The period from birth to three years of age is the most critical time in a child’s development and we must do all we can to give our youngest residents the education they need to succeed in life,” Governor Quinn said. “We should also let our top educators know how much we appreciate their efforts, especially when those teachers serve the areas of our state with the greatest need.”

House Bill 4440, sponsored by State Representative Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora) and State Senator Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood), increases the percentage of Early Childhood Education Block Grant program funds that must be set aside for children ages 0 to 3. The bill raises that percentage from 11 to 14 percent in Fiscal Year 2015, and to 20 percent by Fiscal Year 2016. The block grants are distributed by the State Board of Education. The legislation is effective July 1, 2014.

“There have been numerous studies that have shown the importance of early childhood education for our children,” Representative Chapa LaVia said. “This stage is vital to the growth and development of young minds, and we must do all we can to expand funding for these crucial programs. In doing so, we can help put our children on the path towards a brighter future.”

House Bill 5393, sponsored by State Representative Emily McAsey (D-Lockport) and State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake), streamlines the requirements to provide a $1,500 annual incentive to teachers who achieve Illinois Master Teacher certification through the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Priority for the incentives will be given to teachers in low-performing schools or those in districts with high poverty rates. The legislation is effective July 1, 2014.

“Teachers are responsible for educating the leaders of tomorrow, so it is important they have the most effective training available,” Representative McAsey said. “This program allows highly qualified educators to continue sharpening their skills and provides for greater student achievement.”

“Quality teachers are key to student education,” Senator Bush said. “This both incentivizes and rewards teachers for getting their Masters’ certification.”

Governor Quinn is committed to properly funding education in Illinois in order to give every child the opportunity for success. The Governor's 5-year budget blueprint includes a historic $6 billion increase in classroom spending over the next five years, doubling the investment in college scholarships for students in need and increasing access to higher education through dual enrollment and early college programs. Over the next five years, the Governor’s plan would bring classroom funding to the highest levels in Illinois history.

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Northern Illinois University announces Spring 2014 graduates PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Constance Ervins   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 09:39

DEKALB, IL (06/10/2014)(readMedia)-- Northern Illinois University announces the awarding of graduate and undergraduate degrees at the conclusion of its Spring 2014 session.

Estefany Anderson of Coal Valley, Ill. is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University (NIU). Anderson graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the College of Health and Human Sciences.

Jacob Buckrop of Rock Island, Ill. is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University (NIU). Buckrop graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Kristina Cox of Rock Island, Ill. is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University (NIU). Cox graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Business.

Dustin Flesch of Port Byron, Ill. is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University (NIU). Flesch graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology.

Ashley Ginn of Rock Island, Ill. is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University (NIU). Ginn graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the College of Health and Human Sciences.

James Green of Rock Island, Ill. is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University (NIU). Green graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Allison Hansen of Moline, Ill. is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University (NIU). Hansen graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Taylor Hartman of East Moline, Ill. is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University (NIU). Hartman graduated with a Master of Arts degree from the College of Health and Human Sciences.

Casey Jones of Coal Valley, Ill. is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University (NIU). Jones graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Harold Lopez of Moline, Ill. is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University (NIU). Lopez graduated with a Master of Science in Education degree from the College of Education.

Sara McLaughlin of Moline, Ill. is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University (NIU). McLaughlin graduated with a Master of Science degree from the College of Education.

Ashley McMahon of East Moline, Ill. is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University (NIU). McMahon graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Jamie Peterson of Rock Island, Ill. is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University (NIU). Peterson graduated with a Master of Science in Education degree from the College of Education.

Nancy Solbrig of Rock Island, Ill. is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University (NIU). Solbrig graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Megan Wilson of Milan, Ill. is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University (NIU). Wilson graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from the College of Education.

NIU announced the awarding of graduate degrees on Friday May 9, 2014 and undergraduate degrees on Saturday May 10 and Sunday May 11, 2014.

We appreciate your assistance in acknowledging their accomplishment.

Chartered in 1895, NIU is a comprehensive teaching and research institution with a diverse and international student body of about 21,000. Located near a vibrant research and development corridor, NIU's main DeKalb campus is 65 miles west of Chicago and 45 miles southeast of Rockford. NIU provides more than 60 undergraduate majors and 100 graduate- and doctoral- level programs in seven colleges (Business, Education, Engineering and Engineering Technology, Health and Human Sciences, Law, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts). The university also operates education centers in Chicago, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Oregon and Rockford, where working professionals can access NIU programs at convenient times and locations. The 16 NIU Huskies athletic teams compete in the Mid-American Conference at the highest NCAA Division I level.

 
Trinity Christian College Announces Spring 2014 Dean's List PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Samuel Mahtani   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 09:36
Palos Heights, Ill. (June 10, 2014) - In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, Illinois, released the college's Dean's List for Spring 2014. Included in these honors is Ryan Tubbs of Davenport. Trinity students must be enrolled full time and earn a minimum 3.5 grade point average.

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Wheaton College Students Named to Dean's List for Spring 2014 Semester PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LaTonya Taylor   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 09:16

WHEATON, IL (06/10/2014)(readMedia)-- The following students at Wheaton College (Ill.) were named to the Dean's List for the Spring 2014 semester.

Dean's List honors are earned by undergraduate students who carry 12 or more credit hours and achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher on the 4.0 scale.

Evan Rahn of Bettendorf

Beau Westlund of Bettendorf

Logan Eliasen of Port Byron

Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.) is a coeducational Christian liberal arts college noted for its rigorous academics, integration of faith and learning, and consistent ranking among the top liberal arts colleges in the country. For more information, visit wheaton.edu.

 
Rivermont Collegiate 4th Quarter Honor Roll PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marrieta   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 08:15

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

High Honors (All grades B+ or higher or B or higher for courses designated as Upper School level)

Asha Alla

Elizabeth Decker

Clayton Douglas

Faith Douglas

Jessica Elliott

Jacob Hansen

Mary Aisling McDowell

Dwira Nandini

Jozef Porubcin

Davis Priest

Patricio Salazar

Grace Sampson

Anna Senjem

Genevieve Strasser

Jack Westphal

 

Honors (All grades B- or higher or C+ or higher for courses designated as Upper School level)

Evan Didelot

Giavanna Eckhardt

Kenton Fee

Aislinn Geedey

Chirag Gowda

Elizabeth Paxton

Lauren Schroeder

 

Upper School (Grades 9-12)

Headmaster’s List (GPA 3.85-4.00)

Adam Dada

Anastasia Eganova

Maram El-Geneidy

Shivani Ganesh

Tejasvi Kotte

Benjamin Nordick

Manasa Pagadala

Emilia Porubcin

Michal Porubcin

Thomas Rodgers

Loring Telleen

 

Distinction (GPA 3.50-3.84)

Spencer Brown

Hema Chimpidi

Christian Elliott

Carly Gott

Ryan Howell

Grace Moran

Suhas Seshadri

Alexander Skillin

Merit (GPA 3.00-3.49)

Aditya Gohain

Hayley Moran

Joseph Rodgers

Gwyneth Vollman

Pavel Yashurkin

 
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