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Saturday, April 11, 2015

College pushes for more STEM teachers

E-School News – Suzanne Baker

“A university is doing its part to help reduce the nationwide shortage of chemistry teachers. Benedictine University in Illinois is hoping that extra grant money for students will help boost the number of educators who are teaching science and math to students in needy school districts. The university continues to offer $10,000 tuition scholarships to students willing to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics in school districts that have a high percentage of students participating in free and reduced lunch programs.”(more)

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The School Where Everyone Fills Out The FAFSA

NPR – Owen Phillips

“Every year, more than 2 million students who would qualify for federal Pell Grants fail to fill out the form that determines eligibility — the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. But not one of those 2 million students goes to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory School in Chicago. That’s because Alana Mbanza, the school’s college and career coach, won’t rest until all of her seniors complete the famously complicated and lengthy form, commonly known as the FAFSA. Most days you can find Mbanza, laptop under her arm, roaming the hallways. She’s looking for students who haven’t submitted their FAFSA. She can help them complete it on the spot.”(more)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Chicago Schools to Offer Biliteracy Seal, Latino Studies Curriculum

Education Week – Corey Mitchell

“Students from 20 Chicago high schools will be able to earn the “seal of biliteracy” this year. The program will expand to all the city’s high schools for the 2015-16 school year…Illinois is among a growing number of states that offer special recognition on high school diplomas for graduates who demonstrate fluency in two or more languages…Lawmakers established Illinois’ biliteracy seal in August 2013, based on the concept that “proficiency in multiple languages is critical in enabling this state to participate effectively in a global, political, social, and economic context and in expanding trade with other countries.””(more)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Some districts ditch online exams for paper and pencil

E-School News – Diane Rado

“The affluent Highland Park-based Township High School District 113 near Chicago has all the modern technology, bandwidth, computers and technicians it needs to administer new online state exams this spring — but it opted to go with old-fashioned paper and pencil tests instead. Likewise, some of the state’s largest districts have switched to paper exams, fearing technology glitches could create headaches for students and teachers alike. Some officials believe such distractions could skew results on the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exams in reading and math. “Our concern was really that the results of this testing taken online wouldn’t necessarily give clear data on what students know and should be able to do,” said District 113 spokeswoman Jennifer Waldorf. With the main spring testing season just days away, hundreds of Illinois schools are eschewing the PARCC computer exams that include videos, drop-down menus, drag-and-drop exercises and other online functions, adding to the already-brewing controversy over state testing both here and across the country.”(more)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Illinois Law Aims to Stop Cyberbullying by Invading Privacy

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“A new, controversial law in Illinois offers schools access to their students’ social media accounts in an effort to put a stop to cyberbullying. Prior to the creation of the law, schools could only take action after an instance of bullying had occurred, such as a student taking to Twitter or Facebook during school hours. The new law, which has been approved by state legislators, gives school districts and universities the right to force students to give their social media passwords. According to the law, if a school has reasonable cause to believe that a particular social media account holds evidence that a student has violated school policy, even if it has occurred after school hours, they have the right to access that student’s account.”(more)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Hard work rewarded

The Economist – Staff Writer

““NO FAMILY should go to the poorhouse because they are giving their kid a crack at the American dream,” said Rahm Emanuel on January 9th. Chicago’s mayor was presenting his plans for education at Kenwood Academy, a high school on the city’s South Side. On the same day in Tennessee, President Barack Obama announced plans to exempt qualified students from tuition fees at community colleges. The White House had taken a leaf out of Chicago’s book, said Mr Emanuel, who last October introduced the Chicago STAR Scholarship, which pays the community-college tuition fees of the best graduates from Chicago’s public-school system. Mr Emanuel wants more students to enroll in a college and take courses (and, if they pass, get credits) while still in their last year of high school, which helps to reduce their tuition costs later. With the help of a donation of $500,000 over three years from General Electric, the programme will grow from almost 2,500 students to more than 6,000 next year. Kenwood Academy has more students in the programme than any other high school in Chicago.”(more)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Rust: Some gains, but Illinois education failing students

Pantagraph – Derek Beigh

“State Farm Chairman and CEO Ed Rust had some harsh words for state education leaders on Monday. “We are failing in our promise to deliver a quality education for the children across Illinois, and it’s having devastating impacts,” said Rust.”(more)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Foreign language push features new state credential

The Chicago Tribune – Diane Rado

“Limited proficiency in a foreign language is no longer acceptable in a global, multicultural society, experts say, and Illinois is launching a statewide initiative this school year to do something about it.” (more)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Foreign language push features new state credential

The Chicago Tribune – Diane Rado

“Limited proficiency in a foreign language is no longer acceptable in a global, multicultural society, experts say, and Illinois is launching a statewide initiative this school year to do something about it.” (more)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

STEM education for kids from underrepresented communities

Planet Engineering – Joy Chang

“The Chicago Pre-College Science & Engineering Program (ChiS&E), an innovative STEM program serving grades K-5, held its first fundraiser at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) on Sept. 11, 2014.” (more)