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Laptops would help with typing skills. The problem always seemed to be the poor wireless connections.
DOn't you think kids would be better off with a laptop that they use to practice typing too? ipads are not the best for typing?
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In the News: Combining education curriculum with teaching experiences; SOTU emphasizes education
Wells' Urban Teachers Academy combines an education curriculum with classroom teaching experience in a nearby elementary school. The program is among several college and career track programs launched this year at 11 Chicago public high schools. Modeled after one started in Broward County, Fla., high schools more than 10 years ago, organizers hope to eventually include college scholarship offers and a job guarantee that will bring students back to teach at district schools. (Tribune)
Wells' Urban Teachers Academy combines an education curriculum with classroom teaching experience in a nearby elementary school. The program is among several college and career track programs launched this year at 11 Chicago public high schools. Modeled after one started in Broward County, Fla., high schools more than 10 years ago, organizers
hope to eventually include college scholarship offers and a job guarantee that will bring students back to teach at district schools. (Tribune)
Hundreds of charter school supporters and detractors are expected to attend a Chicago Public Schools board meeting Wednesday, hoping to influence a vote on whether to open more of the independently run public schools, the Tribune reports. The Illinois Network of Charter Schools plans to bus 500 parents to the meeting. The Renaissance Schools Fund, a nonprofit group that raises money for charter schools in Chicago, plans Wednesday to release results from a poll it commissioned that shows 70 percent of city residents and 3 in 4 CPS parents want more school choices.
iPads are changing the learning curve for students in 22 Chicago Public Schools that received the devices as part of a pilot program. (Medill Reports)
In the state
After a financial meltdown and nine years under the control of the state of Illinois, the Round Lake Area Schools District 116 is is expected to shake state control in June — one year early. (Tribune)
Some employees in Glenbrook High School District 225 could be offered an early retirement option if the Board of Education approves a proposal next month. (Trib Local)
In the nation
President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address tonight to put education front-and-center on the national agenda, and on the agenda of the newly divided Congress. And he tied his education proposals, including the long-stalled reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, directly to the nation's economic future. (Education Week)
On the most recent nationwide science test, about a third of fourth graders and a fifth of high school seniors scored at or above the proficiency level, according to results released Tuesday. (The New York Times)
Several dozen K-12 educators traveled to the Indiana Statehouse to convince lawmakers to slow down the legislative pace of change in education. (Herald Bulletin)
Milwaukee Public Schools recently announced it will revamp its entire math and science curriculum from kindergarten through 12th grade with the help of a $20.4 million grant from the GE Foundation. The decision came before results of a national science assessment released Tuesday raised concerns about the state's African-American student achievement and about scientific literacy in general. The difference in average science scores between the state's black and white eighth-graders was the highest in the nation, according to the latest results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the nation's report card. (Journal Sentinel)