This Week With ISCA
Jun. 9, 2015

Reviving tax swap could help schools, homeowners
Chicago Tribune
With Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic Party leader Mike Madigan engaged in an apparent blood feud in Springfield, a few state senators are discussing a grand compromise that could be a game-changer for school funding in Illinois.More

Positively managing student behavior in the classroom
By Savanna Flakes
Discipline problems and behavior issues have always been and continue to be a leading frustration for teachers. The good news is that variables can easily be manipulated to have a positive influence on student behavior. By being proactive and purposeful in our planning, we can prevent behavior problems before they arise. By building positive relationships with students and explicitly teaching classroom routines, we can manage behavior and increase student motivation. More

Study: Cyberbullying less stressful than in-person bullying
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Young people who face bullies both online and in-person may have much greater distress than kids who deal with just one form of bullying, especially cyberbullying, a new study contends.More

Collaboration needed to improve bus behavior
School Transportation News
There are many challenges that come with the job of driving a school bus, especially when students misbehave and cause distractions. A school bus company and elementary school in Palmer, Massachusetts, have partnered to create a program that encourages and rewards positive behavior from students on the school bus. More

Legislation could end school board-related election issues
The McDonough County Voice
Boards of education in small communities often have difficulty attracting candidates to fill seats, but new legislation — sponsored initially by west-central Illinois lawmakers — is currently in the hands of Gov. Bruce Rauner and could offer a means of relief.More

Restorative practices changes student behavior
WBFO-FM
Buffalo's Science Magnet PS 59 is part of a pilot program for Positive Behavior Systems using Restorative Practices. WBFO-FM'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley said the school recently invited members of a Brooklyn public school to provide training on how to change behavior and promote cooperation. More

Students push for mental health education to be added to health class
Education World
A group of Maryland high school students are pushing for their county's Board of Education to include more in-depth mental health education in health class curriculum through a campaign called Reaching Out Campaign.More

Sites serving up nutritious summer meals for Illinois kids
Public News Service
Efforts to ensure Illinois children have access to nutritious meals while school is out for summer are paying off. Summer Food Programs provide food to students who eat free or reduced-price meals during the school year. Suzy Lee, coordinator of No Kid Hungry Illinois, says the state increased its summer meals served in 2014 by more than 15 percent. More

High school grad rate stagnant
Jacksonville Journal Courier
Graduation season is ended for another year, and about 1 in 5 Illinois high school seniors did not don a cap and gown. According to the "2015 Building a Grad Nation" report, while Illinois' high school graduation rate of 83 percent is slightly higher than the national average, the rate has been stagnant for several years.More