As Oak Park and River Forest elementary school students gear up for the big day, OakPark.com presents its first annual Back to School Guide. Packed with school news, tips, stories and more, this guide has everything you need to jump into the new school year.

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School news

This past year has brought several changes to elementary school districts including longer school days in River Forest, Oak Park schools cracking down on residency and River Forest schools welcoming new District 90 superintendent, Ed Condon. When it comes to our endless reporting on the District 97 referendum, readers are better off using the expanded search on OakPark.com. There’s a lot. Click on any of the headlines below to read Wednesday Journal’s coverage leading up to the new school year.

Oak Park public school enrollment could hit 6,000 by 2015

Oak Park schools budget adds $2.1 million in new spending

Roughly $2 million to replace Irving Elementary School’s blacktop

River Forest school board eyes status of strategic plan

Oak Park schools crack down on residency

Longer school day key as River Forest teachers OK 3-year pact

Oak Park and River Forest librarians want to improve student research

River Forest schools outline preliminary summer construction plans

Teachers

Oak Park schools improve faculty, staff diversity

Oak Park schools dismiss some tenured teachers for ‘underperformance’

New teachers, staff joining River Forest schools this year

New teachers, staff joining Oak Park schools this year

Testing, student performance

River Forest public schools ace ISATs

Report says River Forest kids doing well at OPRF

Oak Park schools to test every kindergartener

No ‘over testing’ is the focus at Oak Park schools

Four Oak Park schools fail ISATs, two bounce back

District 97 task force to examine achievement gap

D97 board looks for middle ground concerning grades and participation

Technology

Oak Park schools hope to spend more on technology

Oak Park schools learning how to discipline cyber bullying

Roberts: Cellphones OK as education tool

New programs crawling at River Forest schools

New superintendents

New superintendent takes the reins at District 90 in River Forest

District 90 selects new superintendent for River Forest schools

New D97 superintendent brings hands-on energy to post

Oak Park, River Forest and OPRF superintendents. One room. Two hours.

Chatting it up with Oak Park schools’ superintendent

School lunches

Oak Park schools will still do lunch with OPRF

Green4Good promotes environmental initiatives in River Forest schools

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