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America’s College Promise: An $80B Implementation Price Tag

The Harper Promise Program encourages high school students to make a commitment to prepare for college through rigor in the classroom, attendance and community service. Successful fulfillment would result in support for two years at Harper funded by the Educational Foundation. Placing the focus on an opportunity for community college education is a very positive step toward educating the workforce necessary for competitiveness in a global society.

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'Teach Us All' Documentary Looks at Racial Inequities in Schools

http://www.teachusallfilm.org

A documentary made available on Netflix beginning this week examines racial inequality in schools 60 years after nine black students integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.

The U.S., the film states, is one of the few countries in the world that "systematically and deliberately spends less money to educate poor children than affluent children."

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Wealth Inequality in America

VIEW VIDEO: https://youtu.be/dttG9aIa9RQ

The average income for the bottom 90% of the United States is $31,244. That’s $2,600 a month, $650 a week, $92 a day, and $11 an hour – BEFORE TAXES. The average cost of rent for a one-bedroom apartment in America is $984.

How rich are the Superrich?
The top 1% has more of the country’s wealth than 9 out of 10 Americans believe the entire top 20% should have.

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Class size is NOT a Guideline - It’s Illinois State Law

Class size is NOT a guideline - It’s Illinois State Law

Guidance on Special Education Class Size for 2009-2010 and Beyond, Section 226.730, states the following (2016 Update Cited Below):

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What is the Retirement Systems' Reciprocal Act?

The Retirement Systems' Reciprocal Act provides that if an employee has at least one year of pension credits established in more than one Retirement System covered under the Reciprocal Act, that service will be considered together at the time of retirement or death of an employee. The purpose of the Act is to ensure full and continuous pension credit for service in public employment in the State of Illinois, and the transfer of employment from one governmental unit to another.

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IBM Calls for Continued Computer Science Education Legislation

Post By: MariTalk
https://www.meritalk.com/articles/ibm-calls-for-continued-computer-scien...

After President Donald Trump signed a computer science education memorandum on Sept. 25, IBM called for Congress to continue the push for better STEM education by renewing a bill to increase technical education standards.

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Illinois Lawmakers Stampede for the Exit

Post By: Chicago Tribune
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/opinion/ct-sta-ber...

Thirty state lawmakers in the 100th General Assembly will not be holding their seats in the 101st General Assembly. And that's not even counting those who might be ousted at the ballot box next year.

The exodus is unlike anything Springfield insiders have ever seen.

Let's take a look at the breakdown of who's leaving, and why.

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States Making Progress on Data Privacy But Need to Address Educator Access

Post By: EdScoop
http://edscoop.com/data-quality-campaign-states-make-progress-on-data-pr...

Legislatures also need to look at more data protection training for teachers, report says.

Education Data Legislation Review - 2017 State Activity: https://2pido73em67o3eytaq1cp8au-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uplo...

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Janus v. AFSCME: The Facts

Post By: AFSCME
http://www.afscme31.org

The U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would decide Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, a lawsuit that aims to take away the freedom of working people to join together in strong unions to speak up for themselves and their communities.

The billionaires and corporate special interests funding this case view unions as a threat to their power, so they are trying to get the U.S. Supreme Court to rig the system even more in favor of those already at the top.

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Rauner’s privatization scheme goes bad

Post By: AFSCME
http://www.afscme31.org/news/rauners-privatization-scheme-goes-bad

Gov. Bruce Rauner rushed to privatize state employee and retiree benefits administration, outsourcing the work from Springfield to a call center in Georgia—part of a $94 million contract with a foreign corporation called Morneau Shepell. The Associated Press reported that the state’s high-priced portal is pretty much a mess.

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