A study out of the University of Illinois, Chicago, suggests that competitive food sales in schools and the laws that govern them can play a small role in reducing the obesity problem in America’s children. The study is far from conclusive but worth looking at.
Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment last week that aims to protect the rights of Christians to pray in public places, including schools. But what troubles us is another part of the amendment.
Rep. Paul Ryan has a full-featured voting record and a bunch of statements concerning education. We point you to a few that have been uncovered in the press.
One of Maryland’s new elementary schools, notably “green” with a vegetative roof, needed more parking spaces because an agreement couldn’t be reached with a neighboring rec club. So, the district scrapped a basketball court and built a parking lot.
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.