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6:45 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Illinois school report cards released

Thursday is report card day across Illinois. It’s not students who are being graded, but schools and school districts. At first glance, the news is not good. But as IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, state officials say it’s a one-time blip because of a change in the grading.

On paper, Illinois students appear to be doing quite poorly. The percentage of those meeting state standards dropped from 82.1 percent in 2012 to 58.8 percent in 2013. We learned that last month, the latest release of numbers shows the same trend at the level of individual schools and districts. Except state officials say that’s not actually what’s happening.

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State News
6:57 am
Wed October 30, 2013

ISBE Chair says state needs to bridge the digital divide in schools

The chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education says Illinois needs to immediately address the digital divide in the state’s schools, and it’s not just about learning. 

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State News
1:23 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Misconceptions of "Common Core" standards

As Illinois schools continue implementing the new "Common Core" educational standards, the changes are drawing criticism. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, Illinois' top educator says that's because of a misconception.

The Common Core curriculum has been in the works for years. Illinois adopted it in 2010. It's meant to provide clear achievement standards in language and math at every grade level.

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State News
7:10 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Advocates for disabled fight special education rule

Teacher Carrie Howell with student George Farnsworth

The State of Illinois caps the number of high needs learners who share the attention of a single special education teacher.

For the past decade, there has also been a limit on how many children with disabilities can be placed in what are known as “general education” public school classrooms. But those rules could soon be repealed.

As Illinois Public Radio’s Peter Gray reports, the mother of a young man with autism has joined advocates for the disabled who say the proposed change has to do more with cost-savings than with properly educating kids.

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State News
7:05 am
Fri May 17, 2013

ISBE Chairman says there's still time to fight against cuts to education funding

The chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education says the next two weeks represent a “critical period” for public schools. Two weeks is the amount of time lawmakers have to finish a state budget before they’re scheduled to leave the capitol for the summer. Chairman Gery Chico says while he isn’t sure cuts can be avoided, there’s still time to make a case against them.

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