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How an Illinois Supreme Court ruling could devastate Chicago's schools
Chicago Tribune (commentary)
In a few days, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear arguments in the state's appeal of a lower court ruling that recent legislation reforming four state pension funds is unconstitutional. The lower court ruled that the Illinois Constitution's pension clause prohibits the state from modifying pension benefits, even in exceptional circumstances where it is necessary to protect the public welfare.
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Opponents of standardized test say state is bullying school districts
WBBM-TV
Mark your calendars. There is a new standardized test coming to Illinois schools March 9, but some parents don't want their kids to take it. Now, they accuse state education officials of using bullying tactics to get them to do it.
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Motivation + trust = learning
By Pamela Hill
The signs of the season tell us that we have surpassed the middle mark of our school year. By now, the goals you set at the beginning of the year are starting to show signs of either being met or needing to be adjusted. You have had time to evaluate your students, and you can plan for how you will spend the time that is left for educational success. At this point of the school year, you really know your students and have built a trust with each of them. You can read your students' body language and their moods.
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Chicago schools chief announces Seal of Biliteracy
Belleville News-Democrat
Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett has announced a Seal of Biliteracy recognizing students who are proficient in two or more languages.
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District 203 policy focuses on cyberbullying
Chicago Tribune
Naperville School District 203 is changing its bullying policy to reflect the new state cyberbullying law that went into effect this year. The changes to the district's policy manual were brought before School Board on earlier in the week and are expected to be adopted at the board's March 16 meeting.
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College financial aid tracker: Illinois schools with most applications
WBBM-TV
As parents and students face deadlines to submit requests for federal financial aid for college, Lane Tech High School ranks No. 1 in the state for aid applications. As of the end of February, 872 students at Lane Tech have submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
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Colleges not ready for 'college ready' Common Core
Politico
The Common Core standards are supposed to get students ready for college. But colleges don't seem ready for them.
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The health risks of cyberbullying in college
CNN
"I hope she sees this and kills herself." — message to Amanda Todd "The world would be a better place without you." — message to Megan Meier Infamous quotes from famous cases of teenage cyberbullying, each ending tragically with the victim taking her life. Heartbreaking cases like these galvanized research and today much more is known about the damaging effects of cyberbullying among middle and high school students — including an increased risk for depression, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, hostility and delinquency.
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1 in 5 gay teenagers claim they have suffered homophobic bullying from teachers and other adults at school
The Independent
Gay pupils across the country are being subjected to homophobic bullying at the hands of their teachers, according to research. One in five gay teenagers said they had been bullied or discriminated against by a teacher or another adult at school on the basis of their sexuality, in what was described as a "sad but accurate" picture of the reality faced by young gay people growing up in Britain.
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