A new Illinois law, signed by the governor yesterday, which is about 20 years overdue, will try to improve the quality of bilingual education in the state’s schools by involving parents in the process. We have high hopes for the new law and hope that detractors of good bilingual education won’t tear it down too much.
Articles by Paul Katula
This year, the Perseids meteor shower should put on quite a show, peaking in the early morning Sunday but, unfortunately, after sunrise in the US. Viewing should be awesome on Saturday night, though, before the moon rises just after midnight.
Some advice is offered about what to keep in your backpack if you’re heading to college in the next few weeks.
A report by a special investigator in Washington DC has found no evidence of widespread cheating on the district’s standardized tests in 2010, but suspicions about one teacher held up. We have a few insights on the cheating scandals going around.
A fence built by District 709 in Morton will help to improve student safety near a busy street, and it may also allow more students to get higher levels of physical activity. This can’t be bad.
District 7 (K-8) hopes to expand a home visit program, where a few teachers visited students and their families in their homes. Both students and teachers who participated in 2011-12 said the program was beneficial.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s religious school voucher program comes under attack not only for being an affront to the First Amendment but “bad for religious freedom” as well, Rev. C. Welton Gaddy writes in his open letter from the Interfaith Alliance.
An op-ed by a California student in the New York Times about standardized testing and how good students really learn stuff caught our eye. Kids learn, she says, by doing. What a shocker!
The StudentsFirst organization, which tries to get states to pass laws aimed at improving our schools, has produced an ad that many people have criticized. It has also spawned a few spoofs.
Some of the first images are now available from Curiosity, the Mars largest and most advanced Mars rover ever sent into space, which landed successfully on a flat surface late in the evening on Aug. 5.