East St. Louis School District

East St. Louis Schools
10:19 am
Tue April 24, 2012

State probe of East St. Louis schools finished

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A former top federal prosecutor has completed his state-launched probe of the cash-strapped East St. Louis public school system and has turned over his findings to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

A. Courtney Cox had served as U.S. attorney for southern Illinois before being chosen last summer to review the 7,500-student district's spending, contracts and employee qualifications.

The school system has been beset by questions about millions of dollars in spending on consultants and conventions.

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East St. Louis Schools
3:34 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

State launches probe of East St. Louis schools

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Illinois' board of education says a former top federal prosecutor will head a probe it has launched into spending by East St. Louis' cash-strapped public school system.

Friday's announcement of the probe comes as the 7,500-student district is under state control and beset by questions about its paying millions on consultants and conventions.

The state board says the probe will be headed by A. Courtney Cox, southern Illinois' former U.S. attorney. His firm will be paid up to $100,000 a year to do the investigation, at the district's expense.

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Morning round-up
9:20 am
Thu May 12, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, May 12, 2011

Missouri conservation officials say another mountain lion is roaming northeast Missouri.
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Another Mountain Lion Roaming Northwest Mo.

The Missouri Department of Conservation says a landowner in Macon County took pictures of large tracks in a muddy creek bed on April 20. The conservation department confirmed that the tracks belonged to a mountain lion.

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Morning round-up
9:26 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, April 15, 2011

The Illinois Senate approved sweeping changes to education last night.
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Ill. Senate Unanimously Approves Legislation Reducing Teacher Job Security

The Illinois Senate has unanimously approved sweeping legislation that would reduce teachers' job security and emphasize performance over seniority. The legislation would make it harder for teachers to achieve tenure. Even after getting tenure, bad teachers could be fired.  If a district has to make layoffs, jobs would be protected based on classroom performance instead of seniority.

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Schools takeover
4:18 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

State moves to take over East St. Louis schools

Four years of low test scores have prompted the Illinois State Board of Education to take over the East St. Louis public schools.
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The nine-member Illinois State Board of Education has moved to take control of the financially and academically struggling East St. Louis School District 189.

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Morning round-up
9:20 am
Wed March 30, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, March 30, 2011

the East St. Louis School district has notified 237 teachers that they might lose their jobs next year. (Flickr/Cast a Line)
(Flickr/Cast a Line)

East St. Louis School District Sends Layoff Notices to 237 Teachers

In an effort to save $9 million, the East St. Louis Board voted Tuesday to notify 287 teachers that they might not be hired back next year. That’s according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The district serves about 7,300 students and has 562 full-time teachers.

The district is also proposing to close three schools.

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