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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)

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)