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Monday, July 21, 2014

How much do kids learn in summer school? The answer’s not always clear

The St Louis Post-Dispatch – Elisa Crouch

“What’s unclear is just how much they’ve learned. Like education departments in most states, neither the Missouri nor the Illinois education departments collect data to see whether they’re getting a good return on their summer school investment.” (more)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Teachers Turn to Crowdfunding to Open Preschools

Time – Staff Writer

“Teachers and parents in Chicago are turning to crowdsourced online funding to open preschools.” (more)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Chobani Gets Nod for USDA’s School Yogurt Program

Education News – Kristin DeCarr

“Upstate New York’s Chobani has been chosen by the USDA to provide Greek yogurt for a school lunch pilot program being launched in seven states, including Arizona, California, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Mississippi and New York, this fall.” (more)

Friday, June 13, 2014

“This Is Are Story”: Chicago Public Schools Are Failing

The Huffington Post – Hillary Gowins

“In major cities across America, public school students are entering their adult years far behind the curve.”(more)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

One Key to Success: A Belief in a Future

The New York Times – Eduardo Porter

“By stimulating the imaginations of the boys under his wing, Mr. Jackson may do more than keep them out of trouble. Sowing the aspirations of children in Chicago’s most distressed neighborhoods could provide their best shot at moving up the ladder of opportunity.”(more)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Parents and Researchers Agree–Illinois Has Awesome School Report Cards

Students First – Halli Bayer

“But a new report from the Education Commission of the States (ECS) shows that at least some parents and researchers agree on one thing — Illinois has awesome school report cards. Of the dozens of school report card sites, the Illinois site was the only one that earned top reviews from both parents and experts.”(more)

Saturday, May 3, 2014

PALMER: Early childhood education is crucial

My Web Times – Boyd Palmer

“This month, Illinois leaders can begin reversing the steady erosion that’s been marring a critical and proven strategy for economic development: early care and education.”(more)

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Scientific Experiment: Field Trips Just For Teachers

NPR – Linda Lutton

“Once a month, Spears and dozens of other teachers come to the museum for a day of lessons and materials to then take back to their classrooms across the Chicago metro region.”(more)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Let public charter schools succeed: Column

USA Today – Neerav Kingsland and Richard Whitmire

“In Louisiana, the state has transformed the chronically underperforming New Orleans school system by developing the nation’s first charter school district. In New Orleans, 91% of students, nearly all minorities, attend charter schools. And results have followed.”(more)

Friday, February 14, 2014

EXCHANGE: Some Ill. schools teaching 2 languages

BND.com – Meg Dickinson

“Dual-language education is catching on around the country, including Champaign-Urbana…”Being bilingual is a great asset both on a personal and professional level,” said Maria Alanis, Champaign’s director of English as a Second Language and bilingual education.”(more)