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Education


William Perry

President of Eastern Illinois University

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From Eastern Illinois University in Charleston: we talk one-on-one with Eastern Illinois University President William Perry. We hear how EIU has cut back dramatically on energy costs as they fight to keep excellence in their academic programs.

 

For more information on EIU, click here.

 

Recorded February 5, 2010.  Aired the week of March 1, 2010.  30 minutes.


State's Slow Payments Place Public Universities in Financial Jeopardy

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From the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago: presidents and chancellors from some of Illinois' 13 public universities discuss the growing financial strain they are experiencing due to the state's delay in paying its bills.

 

Recorded February 9, 2010.  Aired the week of February 15, 2010.  30 minutes.


Al Goldfarb

President, Western Illinois University

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From Western Illinois University in Macomb: a conversation with Western Illinois University President Al Goldfarb. We hear what effect the state's financial crisis is having on WIU and what President Goldfarb thinks of the role higher education is playing in rebuilding the Illinois economy.

 

For more information on Western Illinois University, click here.

 

Recorded January 20, 2010.  Aired the week of February 8, 2010.  30 minutes.


John Peters, President of Northern Illinois University

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From Northern Illinois University in DeKalb: our one-on-one interview with President John Peters who tells us how the state financial crisis is affecting NIU. We also hear what President Peters thinks will be higher education's role in helping grow the economy in the years ahead.

 

Recorded November 18, 2009.  Aired the week of November 30, 2009.  30 minutes.


Financial Crisis Facing Southern Illinois University

From Southern Illinois University in Carbondale: we talk with SIU President Glenn Poshard about the financial crisis facing the university due to the state of Illinois failing to make any support payments to the university since July.

 

For more information, click here.

 

Recorded November 5, 2009.  Aired the week of November 16, 2009.  20 minutes.


Failing Grade for Illinois' Public Universities

From the Press Briefing Room at the State Capitol: the Illinois Policy Institute and the American Council of Trustees and Alumni issue their report card on some of Illinois' leading public universities. We hear why they give them a failing grade on transparency, affordability, and intellectual diversity.

 

Recorded October 29, 2009.  Aired the week of November 2, 2009.  25 minutes.


The Consequences of Not Restoring MAP Grant Funding

From the State Capitol in Springfield: we talk one-on-one with the Presidents of Northern Illinois University and Southern Illinois University. We hear what they say would be the economic and educational consequences if the legislature fails to reauthorize $200 million of grant funds for needy students.

 

UPDATE: The Illinois legislature passed Senate Bill 1180 which restores MAP Grant funding. Governor Quinn signed the bill on Sunday, October 18.

 

Recorded October 14, 2009.  Aired the week of October 19, 2009.  25 minutes.


Political Connections and University Admissions

From the University of Illinois in Urbana: we hear portions of testimony presented before the Illinois Admissions Review Commission by three University of Illinois Presidents.  Former Presidents James Stukel and Stanley Ikenberry and current President B. Joseph White testify on admission policies and how pressure was used to admit students who were politically connected.  Following the testimony, we get reactions from two members of the Illinois Admissions Review Commission: Commissioner Bernard Judge and Chairman Abner Mikva.

 

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Recorded July 27, 2009.  Aired the week of August 3, 2009.  1 hour and 20 minutes.


CAPITOL INSIGHTS:

Reviving Civic Education in Illinois Schools

From the State Capitol in Springfield: Rep. Will Davis and Cindi Canary of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform discuss the need to revive civic education in Illinois schools.  They also discuss details of a proposed "Blueprint for Civic Education."

 

Recorded May 27, 2009.  Aired the week of June 1, 2009.  10 minutes.


Reforming Illinois' Education System

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From Champaign: former Governor Jim Edgar, UIUC Chancellor Richard Herman, State Senator Mike Frerichs, and others discuss education reforms, what is being done to better prepare those entering the education field, and some other changes that need to be addressed.

 

Recorded April 7, 2009.  Aired the week of May 18, 2009.  1 hour.


Fiscal Year 2010 Funding for the University of Illinois

From the State Capitol in Springfield: University of Illinois President Joe White testifies before the Senate Appropriations II Committee.  President White speaks on the funding level the University is seeking for Fiscal Year 2010 and also answers questions on the impact of the University’s delayed maintenance, tuition levels, and suggested legislative spending cuts.

 

Recorded March 25, 2009.  Aired the week of March 30, 2009.  40 minutes.


Increasing the Number of Illinois Charter Schools

From the State Capitol in Springfield: we hear what is behind the call to eliminate limits on the number of Charter Schools in Illinois and why supporters say this is a proven method to improve education.

 

Recorded March 17, 2009.  Aired the week of March 23, 2009.  15 minutes.


Educational Benefits of Same Sex Classrooms

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From Chicago: we go one on one with Nat Wilburn, Principal of Sacred Heart Schools of Chicago, and hear why single-sex classrooms offer a big boost to the learning environment for students.
 

Recorded September 26, 2008.  Aired the week of October 6, 2008.  20 minutes.


Benedictine University's Free Tuition for Veterans

From Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois: University President William Carroll announces Benedictine will expand its policy of free tuition to first responders and now offer free tuition to veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan as well.

 

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Recorded May 9, 2008.  Aired the week of June 16, 2008.  15 minutes.


Creating the 21st Century Education System

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From the City Club of Chicago: Paul Vallas, former CEO of the Chicago Public Schools and current Superintendent of the New Orleans Recovery School District, talks of changes he's implemented elsewhere that he says need to be made in education if the United States is to remain competitive around the world.

 

Video Courtesy of CAN TV, Chicago.

 

Recorded April 28, 2008.  Aired the week of May 12, 2008.  40 minutes.


Community Colleges' Role in Campus Security

From Springfield: our one-on-one conversation with Karen Anderson of the Illinois Community College Board.  Ms. Anderson discusses the Board's effort to improve campus security around the state and the evolving role of the community college system.

 

Recorded April 9, 2008.  Aired the week of May 5, 2008.  20 minutes.


The Business Imperative to Improve Our Schools

From Oak Brook: members of the Executives Business Club of Oak Brook hear a presentation on the quality of education and why some are saying is imperative to improve our school systems if American businesses are to remain competitive.

 

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Recorded April 10, 2008.  Aired the week of April 21, 2008.  55 minutes.


Combating Chronic Truancy

From the Illinois Municipal League's Annual Conference in Chicago: we hear how a collaborative effort of educators, city officials, and the United Way dramatically cut the truancy rate in Rockford through the launch of a truancy intervention program.

 

Recorded October 19, 2007.  Aired the week of April 7, 2008.  1 hour.


School Choice in Illinois

From the Press Briefing Room at the State Capitol in Springfield: supporters of school choice brief reporters on the results of a recent poll which they say shows parents increasingly want more options and choice about where their children are schooled.

 

Recorded December 11, 2007.  Aired the week of December 17, 2007.  30 minutes.


The Policies and Politics of School Finance

From the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign: former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar and former University of Illinois President Stanley Ikenberry discuss the policy options and politics involved in reforming the way Illinois finances education.

Recorded November 29, 2007.  Aired the week of December 10, 2007.  1 hour.


Forum on the Traditional School Day

From Boston, Massachusetts: at this year's annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures, a panel discusses the traditional school day and whether changes should be made to its format in order to improve education.

Recorded August 7, 2007.  Aired the week of October 22, 2007.  1 hour & 20 minutes.


Delays in Capital Funding for Schools

From the State Capitol in Springfield: leaking roofs, one-room libraries, and over-crowded classrooms: these are all part of what Superintendents from three school districts say is the result of the state failing to pass a capital spending bill for the past several years.  We also hear from legislators who discuss the political problems that continue to hold up a capital spending bill.

Recorded August 21, 2007.  Aired the week of August 27, 2007.  35 minutes.


Education: From Here to Excellence

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From the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield: a review of strategies that were found to improve student achievement in even the most challenging schools.  This panel discussion is the result of a seven-part series that was published in the Chicago Tribune entitled From Here to Excellence.

For more information on the Chicago Tribune's From Here to Excellence series, click here.

 

Recorded May 1, 2007.  Aired the week of May 28, 2007.  1 hour & 20 minutes.


B. Joseph White:

President of the University of Illinois

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From Springfield: our one-on-one interview with B. Joseph White, President of the University of Illinois.  President White discusses his strategic goals for the University, the retirement of Chief Illiniwek as the University's mascot, and campus security in light of the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech.

Recorded April 26, 2007.  Aired the week of May 14, 2007.  35 minutes.


Education in Illinois: Funding vs. Performance

From the University of Illinois at Springfield: former State Representative Jeff Mays, who now heads the Illinois Business Roundtable, examines trends in educational performance after a decade of increased educational spending.

Recorded February 5, 2007.  Aired the week of April 9, 2007.  25 minutes.


Education Reform: What Works, What Doesn't

From the University of Illinois at Springfield: Dr. George Clowes, an educational policy analyst at the Heartland Institute, discusses what he calls "good and bad plans" for education reform in Illinois.

 

Recorded February 5, 2007.  Aired the week of April 9, 2007.  30 minutes.


Property Tax and School Funding Reform in Illinois

From the State Capitol in Springfield: a hearing of the House Appropriations Committee for Elementary and Secondary Education.  Members of the committee hear from witnesses concerning House Bill 750.  The bill is an education financing reform bill that, in part, would increase funding for education as well as increase taxes on individuals, trusts, estates, and corporations.  However, in exchange, it would provide for property tax relief.

Recorded March 20, 2007.  Aired the week of March 26, 2007.  1 hour & 20 minutes.


Inaugural of Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard

From Southern Illinois University in Carbondale: the inaugural address delivered by Glenn Poshard on his swearing-in as President of Southern Illinois University.  Prior to this post, Glenn Poshard served in the Illinois legislature, U.S. Congress, and was the 1998 Democratic Candidate for Governor.  Since then, Dr. Poshard has served in several high-ranking posts with Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Click here to read the text of Dr. Poshard's address.

Recorded September 28, 2006.  Aired the week of November 27, 2006.  40 minutes.


The Effect of Education on Illinois Businesses

From the Governor's Mansion in Springfield: Jeff Mays, President of the Illinois Business Roundtable, discusses Illinois' ability to remain economically competitive and whether our state's educational standards are undermining Illinois businesses as in their effort to compete with firms overseas.  This presentation was part of a day-long Economic Summit hosted by the Illinois Coalition for Jobs, Growth & Prosperity.

Recorded May 24, 2006.  Aired the week of July 10, 2006.  25 minutes.


The Economics & Politics of School Funding Reform

From the Union League Club of Chicago: a panel discussion on the politics of school funding reform.  Panel members include legislators and school administrators representing various regions of the state.  Topics discussed include problems & proposed education funding solutions, regional interests, and the politics at stake.

Recorded August 5, 2005.  Aired the week of August 14, 2005.  1 hour and 20 minutes.


Federal & State Policies Impact on Illinois Education

From the American Federation of Teachers National Conference in Washington, DC:  Jim Dougherty, President of the Illinois Federation of Teachers, talks about the impact of Federal and State policies on Illinois education.  We also ask for his views on whether we need greater accountability on the quality of education in our schools.

Recorded June 30, 2005.  Aired the week of July 17, 2005.  20 minutes.


Preventing Bullying and Harassment in Schools

From the University of Illinois at Springfield: Congressman John Shimkus discusses his bill which would require school districts to prevent bullying and harassment through prevention programs and appropriate response.  The Congressman is joined by therapists and educators who discuss this growing problem and what might be done to protect students from being bullied.

Recorded April 25, 2005. Aired the week of May 1, 2005.  1 hour and 10 minutes.


Success Factors in Education

From Northwestern University in Evanston: a presentation by education researchers on key issues and their impact on student performance.  We will hear of the effect of small class sizes, whether teacher qualifications matter, and the role school leadership plays in improving schools.

Recorded February 4, 2005.  Aired the week of April 3, 2005.  1 hour 10 minutes.


Teachers Union Reacts to Budget Address

From the State Capitol: teachers constitute a large segment of those covered by state pensions.  The President of the Illinois Federation of Teachers reacts to calls for changing pension benefits for new hires.

Recorded February 16, 2005.  Aired the week of February 20, 2005.


Impact of Hispanic Population Growth on Education

From Chicago: leaders in education and the Illinois Latino community discuss the rapid growth of Illinois' Hispanic population, its impact on schools, and the educational needs of Latino children.

 

Recorded December 10, 2004.  Aired the week of January 23, 2005.  60 minutes.


New University of Illinois President

From the University of Illinois at Springfield: A press conference introducing B. Joseph White, the newly selected incoming President of the University of Illinois.  In February 2005, Mr. White will succeed James Stukel to become the 16th President of the University of Illinois.

Recorded November 3, 2004.  Aired the week of November 7, 2004.  30 minutes.


Reform of the State Board of Education

From Springfield: Governor Blagojevich holds a press conference where he introduces the new members of the State Board of Education.  He also announces the passing of Senate Bill 3000, which allows the Governor to have more control over the Board.

Recorded September 14, 2004.  Aired the week of September 19, 2004.  50 minutes.


Stalled Budget's Impact on Education

From the State Capitol Press Room in Springfield: Educators from around the state warn that a failure to pass a budget with adequate funding for education will have dire consequences on Illinois' education infrastructure.

Recorded June 16, 2004.  Aired the week of June 20, 2004.  30 minutes.


Minorities and Education

From the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston: Author Lani Guinier discusses her book, The Miner's Canary, and the larger issue of how minorities have faired in education since the passage of Brown v. the Board of Education in 1954.

Recorded May 17, 2004.  Aired the week of May 30, 2004.  53 minutes.


Revamping the Board of Education

From the State Capitol in Springfield: Senator Pat Welch (D-Peru), Senate President Emil Jones (D-Chicago), and Senate Education Committee Chairman, Senator Miguel del Valle (D-Chicago), join Governor Rod Blagojevich in announcing an agreement on reforming the State Board of Education.  In lieu of the Governor's State-of-the-State proposal to create a new department of education, this new proposal will allow the governor to appoint the majority of board members on the State Board of Education, thus giving the Governor effective control over that agency.

Recorded May 13, 2004.  Aired the week of May 16, 2004.


School Funding Reform

From Springfield: Chicago area students traveled to the State Capitol to lobby legislators to reform the school funding formula.  While in the Capitol, the students met with members of the media to discuss the need for changing how Illinois funds education.

Recorded April 22, 2004.  Aired the week of April 25, 2004.  15 minutes.


Capitol Forum

From the State Capitol in Springfield: High school students from across the state turn committee rooms into classrooms as they discuss various policy issues.

Recorded March 5, 2004.  Aired the week of March 29, 2004.  10 minutes.


State Board of Education's Response to the Governor's State of the State

From Chicago: Members of the State Board of Education hold their first meeting and respond to Governor Rod Blagojevich's State of the State Address, in which the Governor charged the Board with being bureaucratic; independent from parents, teachers, and students; and failing to adequately educate Illinois students.

Recorded January 21, 2004.  Aired the week of January 25, 2004.  45 minutes.


Republican Response to the State of the State Address

From Springfield: House Republican Leader, Representative Tom Cross responds to the Governor's State of the State immediately following its conclusion.  Our coverage of reaction to the speech includes comments by State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka (R), Senate Minority Leader Frank Watson (R), other legislative members, and State Superintendent of Schools, Robert Schiller, Ph.D., who rebuts the Governor's criticisms.

Recorded January 15, 2004.  Aired the week of January 18, 2004.  25 minutes.


Education Reform

From the NAACP Annual Convention in Chicago: A forum on education in the state, and potential reforms that may be considered.  Participants on the panel include Dr. Robert Schiller, State Superintendent, State Rep. Monique Davis of Chicago, and Arnie Duncan, CEO of  Chicago Schools.

 

Funding for the NAACP Education Reform program is made possible by a grant from Santana Energy Services.

 

 

Recorded October 4, 2003.  Aired the week of December 21, 2003.  1 hour and 20 minutes.


Stanley Ikenberry on Educational Techniques and Standards

From Springfield: Stanley Ikenberry, former president of the University of Illinois, delivers an analysis of current education policies and challenges.  His comments are drawn on research from the American Education Council, which he led following his tenure as head of the U of I.

 

Recorded April 29, 2003.  Aired the week of June 8, 2003.  50 minutes.


Educators Oppose Cuts in Regional Education Offices

From the State Capitol in Springfield: Educators make their case that the Governor's budget, eliminating the Regional Offices of Education, will harm schools.

 

Recorded May 7, 2003.  Aired the week of May 11, 2003.   45 minutes.


House Appropriations Committee on Education

From Springfield: House members hear from educators on funding formulas impacting the state's financial contribution to the state's school districts.

 

Recorded February 19, 2003.  1 hour and 40 minutes.


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