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.
Articles by Paul Katula
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.
The Chicago Teachers Union and Mayor Rahm Emanuel appear to be working toward ironing out differences in order to avoid a strike. There’s still a long way to go if a strike is to be avoided, but so far, things don’t look terrible. The issue of a longer day, which was part of recent compromises, will keep coming up, though, so this is a preview of things to come.
Can a school resource officer search the backpack of a student he suspects of carrying contraband? Not if you live in Washington or Georgia, as this Bellevue, Wash., prosecutor found out. How would you decide?
Our football stats are new and improved this year, but you might need a math teacher to explain how they work and what they show. (I hope so.) The box-and-whisker plots contain lots of information, just for fun.
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
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.