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What Parents Should Know About ‘Competency Based Education’

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Despite drawing the ire of parents, teachers, and taxpayers for several decades, U.S. students are still being educated for workforce development and training to meet the needs of Big Business and Industry, rather than to become well-rounded citizens of character and substance who can engage in critical thinking.

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New assessment model lets students collaborate and share understanding

Post By: Education DIVE

Some teachers are turning assessments into collaborative experiences, letting students work out problems with peers before tackling individual tests alone.

Both teachers and students who have tried this method say that students approach these new assessments with a better mindset, increase their overall understanding and generally score better.

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Trump’s first full education budget: Deep cuts to public school programs in pursuit of school choice

Legislative Update - IFT

Update on "grand bargain", pension reform, and more
Legislative update 5.19.17
House and Senate lawmakers returned this week and continued to vote on bills from the opposite chamber in an effort to complete their work before the scheduled end of session on May 31. Bills in the Senate’s so-called “grand bargain” legislative package, along with two new pension-cutting bills, were the focus of media reports throughout the week.

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District 214 teachers join larger union

District 214 Education President, Jim Arey

Post By: Daily Herald

For more than three decades, the District 214 Education Association has operated as an independent teachers union -- one of only a few in the state -- but 88 percent of members voted to join Northwest Suburban Teachers Union, Local 1211 of the Illinois Federation of Teachers and its national umbrella organization, the American Federation of Teachers.

Legislative Update - IFT

Legislative update 5.5.17
The Illinois Senate met this week while, their House members worked in their respective districts. Senators continued work on their own bills and heard House bills in committees.

Here are some highlights from this week's action:
Senate, Governor continue budget talks
On Friday, Capitol Fax reported that the Governor’s staff, Senate Democrats, and Republican caucuses met to negotiate on budgetary issues. House Representatives were not included in the negotiations.

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More students getting college degrees in high school

Post By: USA Today

Earning an associate degree in high school is currently being done in other states and is now being pushed at the College of Lake County. Will it be coming our way?


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