Articles by Paul Katula



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National Blue Ribbon 2012: 21 Illinois schools

The US Education Department announced the winners of the National Blue Ribbon Friday. In Illinois, 21 schools made the list, including two high schools, both public high schools in Chicago, and eight private schools. Here’s the list.



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Host school contingency sites if Chicago teachers strike

The Chicago Public Schools have released a contingency plan to make sure students are accommodated in the event of a teachers strike on Monday. The plan includes 144 “host schools” or “contingency centers” as well as several faith-based organizations, mostly churches.


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Singer, color guard member dies in motorcycle crash

Alyssa Ludovice, a high school junior, member of Elgin High School’s color guard and, from what we hear, an excellent singer and writer, died Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 5, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident Tuesday in Lakewood. She was 16.


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Chicago students have contingencies if teachers strike

Chicago Public Schools teachers may be on strike by Monday, leaving many students, student-athletes, and school officials wondering what they’ll do to keep up with the demands of school life, which don’t wait for a teachers strike to end.



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Teacher merit pay & new research in Chicago Heights

A new study says there IS a way to make merit pay for teachers work, producing higher test scores by students if their teachers receive bonuses. But there are conditions on how they should receive those bonuses—and a few problems with the study itself.


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Another superintendent out at North Chicago

It’s a revolving door at the superintendent’s office for North Chicago Unit School District 187, now in takeover by the Illinois State Board of Education. The latest leader, the 15th since 1991, is Ben Martindale.