New Common Core standards require students to become proficient with a keyboard. Forty-five states have adopted this comprehensive change to K-12 curricula. Now educators must decide whether they want to make time to teach cursive writing – even if there’s not a grade for it on report cards.
In a sunny classroom, first graders at the Chicago Waldorf School are not picking up books. Instead, in every student’s hands are two wooden knitting needles. Waldorf teaches kids the mechanics of reading years later than most U.S. schools.
Coya Paz lives in Chicago with her partner and Ida, their three year-old daughter. Reading is central to their family life. But one of the things that gets Ida most excited about reading isn't on those shelves.
School districts all around the state can apply for up to $25 million from the federal government under the latest Race to the Top competition. But first they have to agree to big changes—like personalized instruction for individual students and performance evaluations for everyone, including the superintendent and the school board.
Illinois state superintendent Christopher Koch is taking the first steps toward removing local school board members in two of the state’s lowest performing districts.The state currently helps run the public schools in North Chicago District 187 and East St.
The Illinois State Board of Education wants to double the amount of money dedicated to investigations of alleged cheating on state exams by teachers and principals. But it's unlikely the state will grant the board the money it’s requesting.