Articles by Paul Katula


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Oklahoma denies diploma to student who failed exit exams

When the Oklahoma State Board of Education denied a diploma Friday to a student who was unable to pass the state’s high school exit exam, it reminded me of just how different laws are in different states, districts, and territories. Illinois has no such requirement, while Maryland students have to pass exams in biology, English, and algebra in order to graduate from high school


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Summary of early responses in our Illinois marching band state championship survey

Very few people have responded so far to a survey created by us and Illinois Marching Online, but we report that about half the band directors in Illinois would not like to see a state championship series sponsored by the IHSA, and the other half aren’t sure IHSA should run it. Not enough responses yet to reach any conclusions, so we’re keeping the survey open for a while longer.


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Kansas board candidates scrutinized about evolution

In Kansas, where the whole creationism-evolution debate for our public schools began more than a decade ago, candidates for seats on the State Board of Education are being questioned about their beliefs and how they feel about changing the state’s biology curriculum for the sixth time since 1997.


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New federal grants help cover AP testing costs

The US Department of Education announced Wednesday that it will give more than $21.5 million to 43 states in order to assist low-income students with fees for Advanced Placement testing this school year.




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What Voxitatis plans to do on the new Illinois varsity football pages

We have added “History for seniors” to the season-at-a-glance table for each Illinois varsity football team, showing any games played between the teams on the current schedule since the 2009 season, when current seniors were freshmen. And, we’re adding graphics to compare stats from this year to those from last year.