East St. Louis School District http://news.stlpublicradio.org en East St. Louis Schools' Progress Depends On State Support http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/east-st-louis-schools-progress-depends-state-support <p><em>The state's takeover of the district aims to improve student achievement, finances and governance, but progress will be hard without more money from Springfield.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Christopher Koch knows what schools in East St. Louis need to succeed, and he has a pretty clear idea how to get the job done. He just hopes that the state of Illinois will provide the resources that the district needs.</span></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 03:21:15 +0000 Dale Singer 32414 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org East St. Louis Schools' Progress Depends On State Support State, East St. Louis School Board Settle Lawsuit Over Attempted Takeover http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-east-st-louis-school-board-settle-lawsuit-over-attempted-takeover <p>Illinois state education officials and members of the East St. Louis school board have settled a nearly year-old lawsuit sparked by the state board's attempt <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-takes-control-struggling-east-st-louis-school-district">to take over</a> the struggling district. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 17:47:20 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 26157 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org State, East St. Louis School Board Settle Lawsuit Over Attempted Takeover East St. Louis schools cut jobs amid money crunch http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/east-st-louis-schools-cut-jobs-amid-money-crunch <p>The troubled East St. Louis school district is cutting 50 administrative jobs amid concerns the school system may run out of money by the end of September unless it gets an emergency loan.</p><p>The <a href="http://bit.ly/OIYWsP">Belleville News-Democrat&nbsp;reports</a> the jobs being eliminated include such positions as administrative clerk, custodian, coordinator, warehouse worker, security guard and attendance officer.</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 17:02:55 +0000 The Associated Press 4268 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org East St. Louis schools cut jobs amid money crunch Judge: East St. Louis School Board can stay, for now http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/judge-east-st-louis-school-board-can-stay-now <p>A St. Clair County Circuit Court judge has approved a preliminary restraining order for a group of recently ousted East St. Louis School Board members.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 15:11:44 +0000 Kelsey Proud, Rachel Lippmann & The Associated Press 4031 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Judge: East St. Louis School Board can stay, for now East St. Louis school board sues to block state takeover http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/east-st-louis-school-board-sues-block-state-takeover <p>Five members of East St. Louis&#39; elected school board are suing to reverse <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-takes-control-struggling-east-st-louis-school-district">the state&#39;s takeover</a> of the city&#39;s public school system.</p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 18:42:30 +0000 The Associated Press 3970 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org East St. Louis school board sues to block state takeover State takes control of struggling East St. Louis School District http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-takes-control-struggling-east-st-louis-school-district <p>For the first time in its history, the Illinois State Board of Education has taken over a public school district.</p><p>The members voted unanimously today to dissolve the elected board of the East St. Louis Public Schools and replace it with an appointed oversight authority.</p><p>State board member and long-time educator Vinni Hall of Chicago said she&#39;d heard the concerns of East St. Louis residents and understands why the district is struggling.</p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 17:39:55 +0000 Rachel Lippmann & Adam Allington 3961 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org State takes control of struggling East St. Louis School District Morning Headlines- Thursday, June 21, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-thursday-june-21-2012 <p><strong>Seniority, income determining factors in new Illinois insurance law </strong></p><p>Governor Pat Quinn&#39;s office announced early this morning that he has signed <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-house-panel-targets-retiree-health-care">a measure</a> that will require retired state and public university employees to kick in more money for their health insurance.&nbsp;</p><p>Retirees with at least 20 years of service currently get free health coverage. Those with less time on the job pay for a portion of the cost.</p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 11:46:21 +0000 Sydney Miller, Illinois Public Radio & The Associated Press 3957 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning Headlines- Thursday, June 21, 2012 East St. Louis superintendent: student test scores inflated by teachers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/east-st-louis-superintendent-student-test-scores-inflated-teachers <p>The school superintendent in East&nbsp;St. Louis says some teachers used &quot;inappropriate strategies and&nbsp;techniques&quot; to inflate students scores on standardized achievement&nbsp;tests.</p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 17:06:39 +0000 The Associated Press & St. Louis Public Radio 3910 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org East St. Louis superintendent: student test scores inflated by teachers Meetings set over East St. Louis school closures http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/meetings-set-over-east-st-louis-school-closures <p>The school year is over in East St.&nbsp;Louis, and the next one will mean only half of the school&nbsp;district&#39;s ten elementary schools will be left.</p><p>St. Louis&#39; <a href="http://bit.ly/K5PdgL">KMOV-TV reports </a>the school&nbsp;system decided months ago that it planned to close five of its ten&nbsp;elementary schools as a result of declining enrollment. The&nbsp;district also cited the need to stabilize attendance and staffing.</p> Mon, 21 May 2012 20:03:20 +0000 The Associated Press 3752 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Meetings set over East St. Louis school closures State probe of East St. Louis schools finished http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-probe-east-st-louis-schools-finished <p>A former top federal prosecutor has&nbsp;completed his state-launched probe of the cash-strapped East St.&nbsp;Louis public school system and has turned over his findings to the&nbsp;U.S. Attorney&#39;s Office.</p><p>A. Courtney Cox had served as U.S. attorney for southern&nbsp;Illinois before being chosen last summer to review the&nbsp;7,500-student district&#39;s spending, contracts and employee&nbsp;qualifications.</p><p>The school system has been beset by questions about millions of&nbsp;dollars in spending on consultants and conventions.</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 15:19:48 +0000 The Associated Press & Kelsey Proud 3559 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org State probe of East St. Louis schools finished