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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.


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New teacher evaluation system in Illinois, Maryland

Teacher evaluations are, by law, to be tied to student performance data, as much as that can be measured. Not the whole evaluation, but about half of it. Oh, and this is a national trend that I totally cannot understand.


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Arne Duncan calls for higher teacher pay

The US education secretary visited a high school in Baltimore County last week, saying he supports finding money to increase teachers’ salaries. He also addressed the idea of career and technical education, which are high on Maryland’s education agenda.



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White House, with a good economic idea, misleads public on education

President Obama’s White House issued a report last weekend, pointing out that teachers are losing their jobs, early childhood programs are being cut, and school days and years are being shortened across the country. He blames the economy, but says it would be worse under the Republican budget recently approved in the House.