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District 211 and District 214 Join Forces

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DeVos Tells Fox News: 'There Isn't Really Any Common Core Any More'

Post By: Education Week
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2017/04/devos_fox_news_comm...

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos seems to be indicating that, as far as she's concerned, the Common Core State Standards aren't really a big point of discussion in education any longer. But how did she express that idea, and does it hold up to scrutiny?

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Trump Issues Executive Order Calling for Local Control of K-12

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Trump sets sights on education with new executive order

Original Post: http://www.kttn.com/trump-sets-sights-on-education-with-new-executive-or...

(UPI) — President Donald Trump signed another executive order Wednesday, the latest of several since January — this time to determine whether the federal government is too involved in the American educational system.

The president signed the order at the U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday afternoon, flanked by department chief Betsy DeVos and Vice President Mike Pence.

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Department of Education Denies Funding for Upward Bound Due to Application’s Format

Rauner: Illinois 'very close' to budget deal. Senate leaders less hopeful

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Student Rights in 2017

A 4-Part Discussion Series Funded in Part by the Illinois Humanities Council.

VIEW: http://www.citizenadvocacycenter.org/events.html

The concerns and problems of the world do not end at the schoolhouse gate - and neither do students' rights. CAC invites you to join them in conversations about how students, administrators, parents, and communities balance the often competing interests of student rights and school order.

While Rauner picks at workers' comp, 2 grand bargains fade - Eric Zorn

This year's "grand bargain" in Springfield attempts to alter, yet again, the grand bargain enshrined 100 years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the 1917 case of New York Central Railroad Co. v. White, the high court upheld the constitutionality of workers' compensation laws — statutes that provide for no-fault resolutions of disputes between injured employees and their employer

House Ed Funding Taskforce discussions continue - IFT

The House Education Funding Task Force met last week to continue discussions. HB2808 and SB1 are current bills which would provide for new school funding formulas.

Lifeline budget passes House - IFT

The Illinois House approved HB109 by a vote of 64-45. The legislation would provide partial funding for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017, including $150 million in critical additional funding for higher education. Even with this money, colleges and universities will experience cuts of up to 34 percent this fiscal year. The legislation appropriates a total of $817 million which is currently sitting in the Education Assistance fund and the Commitment to Human Services fund. Social service programs that are in danger of closing would also receive $258 million.

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