Articles by Paul Katula

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Compromise reached on longer school day in Chicago

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.

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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.