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Illinois governor signs sweeping school discipline reform
The Huffington Post
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner recently signed into law a sweeping reform of the state's school discipline policies, putting Illinois at the forefront of the nationwide push to make school discipline less exclusionary and more effective.
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PARCC assessment dates
ISCA
There will be only one 30-school day testing window next year. Each school will be allowed to establish their own testing window, which should extend from roughly the 75 percent mark of their instructional days to the 90 percent mark of their instructional days. The earliest date that schools will be able to schedule testing will be March 7 and the latest will be in June. There is a cutoff date for both paper testing and online testing by which schools will need to return or complete all testing if they wish to receive early preliminary reporting at the district level.
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Little-noticed pension perk for teachers widespread in Illinois
Chicago Tribune
A brief but significant phrase appears about halfway through the 106-page teachers union contract in northwest suburban School District 21: "The Board shall pay the entire amount of the staff member's contribution to the Teachers' Retirement System."
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You need to tell your child's teacher about your divorce
Los Angeles Times
The school year is just beginning, but grades are already in on parent-teacher communication: needs improvement. There's a crucial disconnect between parents and teachers, both vital players in a child's growth and development, according to the results of a new survey. VitalSmarts, a corporate training and leadership development company, surveyed 689 parents and 174 teachers from its national database of subscribers.
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6 facts about bullying in Illinois you should know
Reboot Illinois via The Huffington Post
Now that the school year has begun for many schools in Illinois, thousands of students will experience some form of bullying in school or on the internet. In fact, Illinois is one of the 10 worst states for bullying.
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Depressed teens may be headed for heart disease
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Adolescence can be a difficult time for both young people and their parents. The normal and often-turbulent hormonal, physical and cognitive changes that occur during this stage of development sometimes make it difficult to recognize and diagnose underlying depression in children that can lead to behavioral problems. Researchers now think teens with major depression or bipolar disorder are at high risk of early heart and blood vessel disease.
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Study: Goth teens are more prone to be depressed or hurt themselves
Los Angeles Times
This just in: 15-year-olds who dress exclusively in black, pierce themselves extensively and favor adornments that are ripped, spiky, raunchy or just-plain disturbing may be communicating that they are in psychological pain.
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Protecting student data in the digital age
By Archita Datta Majumdar
The wonder of technology has its downside, and one of the most driving concerns is the breach of privacy. When student data is in question, there is sufficient cause for worry. The increasing reliance on online educational tools and third-party software to maintain curriculum has led to a new kind of data mining. The student population has become a target demographic for many industries, and now these companies have ready-made information that can be bought for a price.
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Fulfill kids' needs, not wants
Columbia Tribune
A father once sadi that he tries to give his son, aged 5 and an only child, everything he wants because he wants his son to be happy. But he is not. He is petulant, moody, often sullen and is having problems getting along with other children. Furthermore, he doesn't seem to appreciate anything his parents do for him. He is very demanding but not at all thankful for the riches that are bestowed on him. Oh, one more thing: He generally ignores his parents when they speak to him.
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