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Education Desk

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The NPR Illinois Education Desk is a community funded initiative to report on stories that impact you. Stories on the state of education from K-12 to higher education.

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Class Dismissed: Lawmakers Leave With No Sure Cure For Teacher Shortage

The legislative session that wrapped up a few days ago was dominated by debates over weighty topics like preserving abortion rights, legalizing recreational cannabis sales, and changing the income tax structure of the state. But out of the spotlight, some comparatively smaller changes were considered for the public education system.

Class Dismissed: Lawmakers Leave With No Sure Cure For Teacher Shortage

Opening Minds Behind Bars

Ro'Derick Zavala grew up in Chicago at 21st and State Street — the northern tip of a four-mile corridor lined with 8,000 units of public housing . His mother worked three jobs, including one at Walgreens, where she would pick up the Disney and Hanna Barbera books that inspired Zavala to fall in love with reading at a young age. That passion should've made him a successful student. But on Chicago's south side, in the 1980s, it was hard to find a safe place to go to school.

Thapedi Touts Top 10 Talent But U Of I Says No

For years, high school graduates have fled Illinois to attend out-of-state colleges in such massive numbers, only New Jersey loses more. So State Rep. André Thapedi (D-Chicago) came up with an idea to try to keep top students here. He filed a bill that would give high school students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their class — and achieve certain standardized test scores — guaranteed admission at Illinois public universities.

Lawmakers Question U Of I On Innovation Network, DPI

During the past week, you probably caught a brief news story or two about the Illinois Innovation Network, or maybe Discovery Partners Institute. It's worth your attention: In the current state budget, these two projects are slated to receive half a billion dollars.

The 1908 Race Riot & 'Being Black At School'

Earlier this month, we reported on the 1908 Race Riot in Springfield and what's being done to remember and reconcile 110 years after the violence broke out. As part of that reporting, we spoke with Kelly Wickham Hurst, CEO and founder of the advocacy organization Being Black at School .

Manar Hopes To Override Teacher Salary Veto

lllinois is in the grips of a severe teacher shortage, but late last week, Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed legislation to raise their wages. The bill would've ramped up the minimum salary to $40,000 by the year 2022. In a message explaining his veto, Rauner called that an "unfunded mandate." But State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), who sponsored the legislation, says he hasn't given up on the effort.

Killjoy: Is Gameplay Okay In The Age Of Massacres?

At Springfield High School, Ethan Doyle is an honors student, a member of the baseball team, the investment club, and an elite student group known as Superintendent's Roundtable . But perhaps his most notable accomplishment came during the spring of his sophomore year, when he assassinated more of his classmates than anybody else.

WATCH-LISTEN: Seeking Solutions on K-12 Education - Peoria

Panelists at the Peoria forum discussed Education issues in Illinois. Panelists: Pastor Marvin Hightower Beth Crider Professor Dean Cantu Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat This forum series is sponsored by AARP.

What Will It Take To Fix Illinois's Teacher Shortage?

Chuck Bleyer is worried the southern Illinois school district he heads won't be able to fill an open teacher position by the time classes start this fall.

Trauma Hurts Kids, But Educators Can Help

Children who experience trauma often face behavioral, health and academic challenges, according to decades of research . Kristine Argue, instructional resource and professional development director for the Illinois Education Association (IEA), teaches educators across the state about the science around trauma and brain development, and she encourages administrators, teachers and school support staff to find ways to make their learning environments more welcoming for all students.

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