As white flight continues, city schools make diversity cool

 New Berlin, a village with 1,500 people separated from the outskirts of Springfield by 12 miles of pale blue skies and sunlit cornstalks, still has many hallmarks of a small town. It hosts the c...

AP progress slow in schools

 Two years after Springfield School District 186 started paying more attention to advanced placement classes, the district acknowledges slow progress.“We want to do better, and we know our stud...
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What we have here is a failure to communicate

 I don’t know much about Adam Ehrman, the moderately embattled superintendent of the New Berlin School District, and I know as much after a four-hour school board meeting last week as I did bef...
 COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDEDNow that AFSCME employees are receiving back pay for step increases, with interest to follow soon, let’s have a round of applause for Rep. Tim Butler for this overdue la...
 The Ministerial Alliance of Springfield and Vicinity has the right idea about marijuana – recreational use of the drug is not good for kids or communities. The organization has condemned the c...

Local support grows for medical aid in dying

A state-by-state initiative is gaining momentum to allow terminally ill, mentally competent people to request and obtain medication from their physician to shorten their suffering and achieve a peacef...
 Capitol Canine Training Club Inc., a nonprofit organization, was founded in 1965 and sanctioned by the American Kennel Club in 1975. This weekend it will host two days of American Kennel Club-li...
 Two unique factors have come together that would allow District 186 to become a world-class school system. They are the railroad relocation project and the county sales tax for schools. Alan Woo...

As white flight continues, city schools make diversity cool

 New Berlin, a village with 1,500 people separated from the outskirts of Springfield by 12 miles of pale blue skies and sunlit cornstalks, still has many hallmarks of a small town. It hosts the c...

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