submitted / United Way of the Quad Cities

The Quad Cities United Way and eight school districts are working together to make attendance a top priority. Today at Virgil Grissom Elementary School in Princeton, they kicked off an initiative called, "Strive for Less than 5." The goal is for all students not to miss more than five days of school this year. 

Even though the school year has already started, the United Township School Board has just approved this year's budget. It includes projected revenue of $33 million and expenditures around $30 million.

Budget problems may finally be over for an agency that provides special education services to schools in eastern Iowa. Thursday the State Board of Education is expected to give its final approval to plans submitted by the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency, based in Bettendorf.

Western Illinois University is making it easier for smart students to get help with tuition. Students applying to attend next fall may be eligible to automatically recieve up to $10,000 annually. And they don't have to complete a separate application.

Residents of the Rock Island School District can help find a new superintendent. The district has posted a survey on its website, asking for the background and abilities they value most.

Recent polls have shown a rising number of Americans think higher education is bad for the country. So on Wednesday, representatives from seven Quad Cities institutions announced a joint effort to change that.

Early School Closings

Aug 27, 2018

Some schools in the Quad Cities area will close early Monday because of high heat and humidity. The forecast calls for sunny, with a high near 91, but with heat index values as high as 101. 

First generation college students will have plenty of help making the transition this year, thanks to a program at Augustana College. For the second year, the "Augie 1st Gen Rising Scholar Program" will proivide scholarships to students who are the first in their family to attend college.

The roughly 2,500 students of Augustana College in Rock Island returned to campus this week to begin their fall trimester. It's the first of Augustana's three academic terms, which each span ten weeks of class—considerably shorter than the 14 to 16 weeks typically spent in the standard semester followed by most colleges and universities twice a year.

Western Illinois University

Jack Thomas will continue as president of Western Illinois University for at least another year. Friday during a meeting in Macomb, the board of trustees extended his contract, with no change to his salary and benefits.