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Republican Party platform on education

We analyze the Republican Party platform, presented at the Republican convention in Tampa this week. Well, we limited our analysis to the parts of the platform that deal with education.


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Elgin Goddard is first in country with pre-K gym class

The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development in Elgin has launched the first pre-K gym class among more than 385 schools in the US that are owned and operated by independent educator-franchisees, and teachers at the school hope it will help to reduce childhood obesity.



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Charter schools overrated in Texas: study

Preliminary results from research out of Penn State suggests that high-performing charter schools in Texas may be that way because they select students who would be more teachable anyway.


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U-46 bilingual education: exemplary or limited?

In a lawsuit alleging Illinois’s second-largest school district unfairly denied access to quality programs by blacks and Hispanics, the court heard from two experts in bilingual education with different views on the quality of U-46’s program.


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High schoolers smoke, drink, do drugs—at school

A survey from The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University says 9 out of 10 high schoolers say their classmates drink, drug, or smoke during the school day. Half know someone who sells drugs. And seeing people abusing marijuana and alcohol on Facebook and other social networking sites makes them want to party like that themselves.


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High school student hit by car outside Baltimore school

A student hit by a car near his high school in Baltimore County, on the first day of school, reminds us all that new traffic on the roads, especially school buses and student pedestrians, should make us pay closer attention. Includes some advice from police in Champaign, Ill.



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PDK Poll: What people think about education

We take a look at the 44th annual Phi Delta Kappa-Gallup poll that surveyed Americans’ opinions about education. A few findings are interesting, but most are what we would expect based on bombardment of media messages to the American public.


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College readiness fair at Neuqua Valley HS

The DuPage County NAACP Youth Works Program sponsored its second annual college readiness fair Saturday at Neuqua Valley High School. The overall message to students was to get organized early for college, dream big, and do what you have to do in order to keep those dreams alive.