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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)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Most asthmatic kids lack health management plans at school

Reuters – Kathryn Doyle

“In Chicago, most kids with asthma or food allergies don’t have a health management form on file at school, a new study shows.” (more)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can’t Afford

NPR – Becky Vevea

“Two years ago, the Chicago Public Schools budgeted for 454 librarians. Last year, the budget called for 313 librarians, and now that number is down to 254.” (more)

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)