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Illinois school funding would increase in Democratic budget
The Associated Press via KTVI-TV
Funding for Illinois' public schools would increase by roughly $240 million next year under a proposal that Democrats are advancing in the Legislature.
Elementary and Secondary Education Appropriations Chair Will Davis says the roughly $6.9 billion spending plan would prorate the general state aid funding used to offset the basic cost of educating students at 92 percent this year. Last year's proration level was 89 percent.
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Leave your 13-year-old home alone? Police can take her into custody under Illinois law
Any parents who leave their children age 13 or younger home alone may be guilty of neglect under Illinois state law.
That's because Illinois law states that "any minor under the age of 14 years whose parent or other person responsible for the minor's welfare leaves the minor without supervision for an unreasonable period of time without regard for the mental or physical health, safety, or welfare of that minor" is neglected.
Social work researchers create easier, accurate way to analyze TSCC trauma results
Case Western Reserve University via Medical Xpress
The 54-question Trauma Symptoms Checklist for Children has been used for decades to test how trauma affects youth in hopes of developing the best treatment and support possible. But interpreting the results can be labor intensive and difficult because the work is done manually and involves a complex matrix from which to draw conclusions.
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Remembering Grant Wiggins and his impact on education
By Brian Stack
On the morning of May 27, shock took over the educational community with a single tweet from Grant Wiggins, written by his beloved wife Denise: "Grant Wiggins, of brilliant mind and dearest heart, died yesterday. The world has lost a true champion of learning. Carry on the work. -Denise" Wiggins was the co-author of "Understanding by Design" and the author of "Educative Assessment," two works that have shaped a number of global education reform initiatives over the past two decades.
Law fails to stop Illinois schools from fattening pensions
A 2005 state law has failed to discourage many Illinois school districts from using large pay raises to fatten the pensions of retiring educators, according to a newspaper examination of state records.
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This app lets students anonymously report bullying and crime
A mantra around the country is if you see something, say something. But that might be harder than it sounds in school hallways.
Now, students who may fear retaliation have an anonymous way of reporting devious activity to school officials.
Random drug tests nothing new to southern Illinois high schools
As schools across the country attempt to crack down on the growing drug problem among American teens, a central Illinois high school recently changed its policy to allow random drug tests for most of its students, but policies like that have existed in southern Illinois for nearly a decade.
Principal rewards students' good behavior by sleeping on school roof
All year long, kids at Hawthorn Hills Elementary School learned about being respectful and responsible. Thursday, they were rewarded for simply being good kids with something you don't see every day.
"I cannot wait for him to sleep on the roof," said Jaeda Leslie, a 3rd grade student.
That "him" is Principal Michael McMahon.
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8 normal experiences that should not always be labeled a mental illness
What does mental illness look like to you? If you walked by someone on the street, would you be able to detect that they are a sufferer? Many of us would struggle with this because there are so many things that cloak illness such as intelligence, prestige, style, culture or personality. But what do you think a mental health condition is? How would you define it? Could you define it properly?
The urgency of ending bullying and domestic violence
The Huffington Post
Bullying was once dismissed as part of coming of age or a phase that children would outgrow. Although recent generations have made great leaps towards recognizing the harmfulness of bullying both in person and online, a recent psychiatry study urges us to readdress the problem of bullying with more force.
Representatives from Illinois' state schools fight against budget cuts
To encourage legislators to support higher education in the State of Illinois' 2016 fiscal budget, representatives from public universities took a trip to Springfield.
Illinois bill would allow religious clubs in public schools
A new bill could allow prayer clubs in Illinois public schools.
Lawmakers say it could prohibit teachers or principals from stopping any religious meetings on school property.
Students could meet before school, during lunch, recess or after school.
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