The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions is working on a bi-partisan bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act - most recently known as No Child Left Behind. The law expired at the end of last year. Our panel of Lily Eskelsen-Garcia, Robin Steans and Peter Cunningham takes on some of the changes that may be ahead, and how the new policies could affect both students ad teachers. Also, a look at the threat of private development at the Indiana Dunes.
The head of Chicago Public Schools is hoping Illinois can also get a federal waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act. On Thursday President Barack Obama freed 10 states from this education law, including Indiana.CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard said the law is too rigid."
No Child Left Behind was created to improve national standards for academic achievement and accountability in schools. But almost a decade in, school districts in Illinois and around the country were struggling to meet standards set by the act.
Illinois is down to just reading and arithmetic. Writing skills will no longer be tested during the state's standardized exams for high school juniors every spring. The Chicago Tribune reports that eliminating the writing exams will save about $2.4 million amid the state's bud