All this week, the Daily Herald has been reporting on the connections between academic achievement and poverty. In partnership with WBEZ, reporters found that poverty in the suburbs is deepening and there’s a direct correlation between that and how students from low income homes are not meeting state standards. But what can be done to turn the tide? Illinois State Board of Education Superintendent Tony Smith - tapped by Gov. Bruce Rauner in April - says the standard ideal of meritocracy and getting ahead solely by our hard work needs more evaluation. Smith says we need to take a holistic view on what obstacles these students face outside the classroom to really set them up to succeed. We talk to Smith about what he plans to do to close the gap between poverty and low achievement.
As newspapers change so too does the art of copying editing. In addition to fact checking and proofing grammar, copy editors now repackage content for the Web and mobile technologies, like smart phones. So, how does that change their day-to-day existence?
The Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks come one step closer to closing out the season on Thursday in Game 5 of the NBA finals. Their tied up series is a boon for fans. But for those with a passion for basketball that knows no bounds, fear not. The WNBA season is just getting started.
Later this month, some suburban residents will have one less newspaper at their front door. The Chicago Sun-Times is closing seven weekly Pioneer Press papers.That doesn’t mean your suburban news options are limited.