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.
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.
A fence built by District 709 in Morton will help to improve student safety near a busy street, and it may also allow more students to get higher levels of physical activity. This can’t be bad.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The Fordham Institute issued a report yesterday, detailing the results of a survey about how Americans think schools could save money. We comment on a few questions in that survey.
The Maryland State Board of Education approved regulations that seek to reduce the amount of time students spend out of school as punishment, especially for nonviolent offenses.