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Bilingual education gets a boost in Illinois

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.


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No evidence of widespread cheating in D.C. schools

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.





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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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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.