Thursday’s Varsity Results
Freshmen, Sophomores Can Submit to the Half Wit
With the semester more than halfway over, it’s the perfect time for freshmen and sophomores to submit to the Half Wit! Poetry, prose, art and photography will be accepted. Feel free to submit anything you have! Please submit your piece(s) to Mr. Barnabee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, ID, and the genre of the work.
The next Breakfast with Books Club meeting takes place at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC. All students are welcome; the only requirement is a love for reading!
Allied Spirit will hold an informational meeting from 8-8:20 a.m. Wednesday in Room 6062. The meeting is open to all interested students. Details about the upcoming season will be covered, along with the commitment level for “buddies.” If you are interested and not able to attend the meeting, contact Mrs. Rubenstein at email@example.com or Ms. Krippinger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS
Groups including the League of Women Voters and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America are urging suburban school leaders to oppose a proposal before the Illinois Association of School Boards that would support legislation allowing districts to arm teachers and staff members. The measure is expected to be up for a discussion and vote when the association holds its annual convention next month in Chicago.
Mendota elementary school teachers went on strike Wednesday after stalled contract negotiations between the teachers union and school district. Teachers in Mendota School District 289 have been working without a deal since the last contract expired in August.
Southern Illinois is facing an acute shortage of qualified teachers for early childhood classrooms. In 2019, John A. Logan, Rend Lake, Shawnee Community, Southeastern Illinois and Kaskaskia colleges graduated a total of 28 students combined from their early childhood education programs. On Aug. 1, Southern Illinois had openings for 79 teacher and assistant teacher positions.
A University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign committee released on Tuesday its recommended changes to how the university handles claims of sexual misconduct against faculty. The much-anticipated recommendations include broadening the campus’s definition of sexual harassment and overhauling discipline procedures.
The Champaign school district and its chief financial officer have agreed to go their separate ways. Members of the Champaign school board voted 7-0 Tuesday to approve a settlement and release agreement with CFO Tom Lockman. He was put on a paid leave by the district on June 17.
NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS
Facing historic enrollment decline and financial challenges, some colleges and universities are looking at radical solutions to remain open. Enrollment is down by more than 2.9 million since the last peak, in the fall of 2011. More than 400 colleges and universities still had seats available for freshmen and transfer students after the traditional May 1 deadline to enroll for this fall.
After last year’s Parkland shooting, Florida lawmakers required armed security at every school. Districts in three counties have chosen to create their own police departments to cover more than 100 campuses.
The schools in Shaker Heights, Ohio were once considered a bastion of integration and racial harmony. Today yields a different picture. A persistent and yawning achievement gap has led the district to grapple with hard questions of implicit bias, family responsibility and the wisdom of tracking students by ability level.