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Illinois lawmaker proposes bill that would put prayer back in public school
Independent Journal Review
Illinois State Reps. Mary Flowers and LaShawn Ford have teamed up to sponsor legislation which would allow for students to voluntarily say a word of prayer during the school day.
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An Illinois community college's approach to free tuition
Inside Higher Ed
Harper College in Illinois recently unveiled a program to provide two years of free tuition to high school graduates in its district. The program has some requirements: students may miss only limited numbers of days in high school, must graduate on time and must perform community service. But while some free community college programs have been proposed or enacted only for top students, the Harper one is broader.
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15 of Illinois' school districts in the worst financial shape
The Huffington Post
Despite significant cost-cutting measures taken in recent years, Illinois school districts are having to tap into their reserves and borrow more as state and federal funding dries up, according to a new report by the Illinois State Board of Education.
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Schools adapting to combat modern day bullying
The News-Gazette
It's not about the big kids on the bus stealing lunch money anymore. In the 14 years Vic Zimmerman has been in leadership at the Monticello school district, the definition of bullying has consistently changed, and he has worked hard to keep up with the term's evolution.
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You've heard the phrase 'college and career readiness.' But what exactly is it?
The Washington Post
You can't have a conversation about the goals of school reform without hearing the term "college and career ready." What exactly does that mean? The answer is less obvious than you might think, according to this post, by Jonathan Hasak, who writes about the need for America's education system to adapt to a changing economy. His work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, American Educator, The Century Foundation blog, Education Week and The Huffington Post.
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The root of Penn's mental health problem
The Daily Pennsylvanian
As he walked to the class that he told himself he would definitely not miss again, Jack stopped to focus on the cars whizzing by on Spruce Street. With each passing car, flashing visions of closing his eyes and darting into the street became increasingly vivid and realistic. "It felt like a bad horror movie — everything was fear and everyone felt like enemies that would never understand or be able to help," said Jack Park, a second semester freshman at the time. "Every day and everyone around me seemed to prove how meaningless my life was."
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What role does your building have in securing students?
By Charlie Howell
The four guiding principles of security are deter, detect, delay and respond. Law enforcement, military and security teams have created other versions of these principles, but these are the core of providing security for any type of organization, entity or people. Therefore, when securing students in schools, we have to examine our efforts toward these basic core principles. A mix of technology, staffing, organizational structure and equipment comprises the actual security plan, but for now let's take a look at the role that school buildings play in securing schools.
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New tests to tell juniors if they're college-ready
EdSource
This is a transition year for the California State University's Early Assessment Program, a decade-old early warning system that tells 11th graders whether they are prepared for college-level work — and steps they should take if they're not. Caught in the switch to a new test and new academic standards, more juniors may be told that they're not yet ready.
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Can a movie help stop bullying-related suicide? 'A Girl Like Her' tries
TIME
When a girl named Jessica attempts suicide in the new film "A Girl Like Her," everyone at school points the finger of blame at Avery, a popular clique leader who's been hounding her for months. And since Jessica was wearing a hidden camera to document her daily indignities, there's plenty of proof of Avery’s cruelty.
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