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Education Desk Podcast | NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

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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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 .

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30 Aug 2018

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Curing Teacher Shortage May Take Dollars And Sense

A recent report has shown Illinois is in the midst of a severe teacher shortage, particularly in the central part of the state. A panel of lawmakers took testimony on that topic today. In the first of a series of such hearings, a committee heard from the agency responsible for licensing teachers, and from various teacher unions. But several lawmakers on the panel are former school teachers, and Rep. Sue Scherer (D-Decatur) wasn't shy about sharing her personal opinion on why the ranks of teachers is dwindling.

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1 Mar 2018

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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.

58mins

20 Jul 2018

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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.

8mins

31 Aug 2018

Rank #4

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Private Working Group Studies Public Safety

Gov. Bruce Rauner has a track record of handing the toughest topics to small bipartisan panels of legislators. These “working groups” have been tasked with solving budget and pension problems, plus criminal justice reform. And weeks after the Florida mass shooting, Rauner formed a working group on public safety. Like the others, that group meets in private. Speaking after today's meeting, State Rep. Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) said it's probably meant to prevent politicians from grandstanding.

27 Apr 2018

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How Schools Can Help Kids Traumatized By Gun Violence

Last month, about a dozen people gathered in the basement of a church in Champaign, Ill. to learn about how traumatic experiences affect the lives of children and young adults, and what they can do to mitigate its effects.

4mins

15 May 2018

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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.

6mins

24 May 2018

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Big School Funding Bill Now Down To The Little Things

An obscure, technical bit of legislation could make a big difference for some of the state’s youngest students. It’s meant to tie up all the loose ends on the massive school funding reform lawmakers approved last August. This cleanup bill contains more than a dozen changes, plus language that would fund bilingual education for students in pre-kindergarten classes. All it needs is the signature of Governor Bruce Rauner. Without that?

22 Mar 2018

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Math & Science Academy Hopes To Cash In On Out-Of-State Students

For more than 30 years, kids with a certain streak of genius have found a home at Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in suburban Chicago. It’s the rarest of gems in the educational landscape: a public, affordable, boarding school. One of just a handful of such schools nationwide, Wired magazine dubbed it “ Hogwarts for Hackers .” But now, after the state’s two-year budget impasse , lawmakers are pondering a proposal that would welcome wizards from outside of Illinois — for a price.

4mins

23 Mar 2018

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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.

4mins

21 Jun 2018

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