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Ill. Lawmakers: School Funding Plan Narrows Rich-Poor Disparities

Ill. Lawmakers: School Funding Plan Narrows Rich-Poor Disparities

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate on Tuesday approved a school funding overhaul that supporters hailed as “historic,” saying it will increase aid to all of the state’s more than 800 districts and eliminate large disparities between rich and poor schools.  Senators voted 38-13 to send the measure to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who […]

Is Gov. Rauner Pitting Chicago Schools Against Others in Illinois?

Is Gov. Rauner Pitting Chicago Schools Against Others in Illinois?

CHICAGO (AP) — By extracting Chicago money from a measure all Illinois public schools needed to get state funding this fall, Gov. Bruce Rauner reignited an age-old but divisive political strategy on a new front.  Pitting Chicago against the rest of Illinois has been a popular tool for Rauner, who drummed up enough support outside […]

N.M. Lawsuit: Schools Must Change to Help Poor Students

N.M. Lawsuit: Schools Must Change to Help Poor Students

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A lawsuit that could upend the way New Mexico’s public schools are funded went to trial on June 12 to resolve accusations that the state is failing to meet constitutional obligations to provide essential educational opportunities to all students.  Parents, school districts and advocacy groups say that New Mexico’s education […]

Did Betsy DeVos Turn a ‘Blind Eye’ to LGBT Pupils at Private Schools?

Did Betsy DeVos Turn a ‘Blind Eye’ to LGBT Pupils at Private Schools?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Tuesday that schools receiving federal money should follow federal law, but she would not commit to banning discrimination against LGBT students in private schools. The Trump administration’s budget proposal significantly cuts funding for teacher training and after-school programs and student financial aid, while boosting funding for charter […]

Investing in Public School Students in Ark. Carries Benefits for All

Investing in Public School Students in Ark. Carries Benefits for All

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A young professional family told me recently they are thinking of leaving Arkansas because the state isn’t committed to education and opportunities for their kids. Another parent of a child with special needs told me she’s frustrated her school can’t afford the help her child needs to get her reading up […]

A Native American School Develops Future Leaders

A Native American School Develops Future Leaders

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — If you want to understand the Native American Community Academy, a good place to start is its relationship with one of this city’s pioneering grassroots organizations, Americans for Indian Opportunity. The academy, which is often simply known as NACA, has been working with Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO) since before its first school […]

WH: Transgender Pupils Must Have Proper Access to Restrooms

WH: Transgender Pupils Must Have Proper Access to Restrooms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Public schools must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity, according to an Obama administration directive issued amid a court fight between the federal government and North Carolina. The guidance from leaders at the departments of Education and Justice says public schools are obligated […]

Call for Illinois Takeover of Chicago Public Schools Causes a Stir

Call for Illinois Takeover of Chicago Public Schools Causes a Stir

CHICAGO (AP) — Backed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, top Illinois Republicans called Wednesday for a state takeover of the financially troubled Chicago Public Schools, which faces a nearly $1 billion budget deficit that could lead to thousands of teacher layoffs and a possible strike in a matter of months. Senate GOP Leader Christine Radogno called […]

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