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Thursday, May 1, 2014 12:01 am

Lanphier High School working to sustain its transformation

As Lanphier High School faces the end of a major federal grant, the school’s leadership is working to prolong the improvement there even after the money dries up.Long stereotyped as Springfield’s...
Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:01 am
Have you heard about High Frequency Trading? HFT is sweeping, purely speculative financial transactions that have been made possible by huge leaps in technology. Done by super-fast computers, using ma...
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 12:01 am

Property tax proposal could raise up to $10 million

A group of parents, teachers and volunteers is pushing the Springfield Public Schools board to place a school funding referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot.The group, Invest in 186, has proposed a plan that...
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 12:01 am
 There’s a growing army of the working poor in our U.S. of A., and big contingents of it are now on the march. They’re strategizing, organizing and mobilizing against the immoral economics of...
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 12:01 am

New superintendent knows the school district and the issues

 For Jennifer Gill, this is a sort of homecoming. Gill was born and raised in Springfield, was educated in Springfield’s public schools and went on to teach in them. Soon, she will move into a...
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 12:01 am

Funding referendum could be on November ballot

Springfield Public Schools could ask taxpayers for a boost soon, but the school board first plans to make another round of budget cuts.At a school board meeting on Jan. 7, the board unanimously approv...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am

State stresses educational benchmarks, not federal mandate

As schools across Illinois prepare to roll out new educational standards, officials are working to battle negative perceptions by the public.The state’s new Common Core learning standards are benchm...
Monday, May 27, 2013 01:09 pm
Recently I banged the drum on behalf of so-called community or full-service schools as a way to provide learners with a wider array of help and to provide taxpayers with a better return on their  investment in school buildings that sit idle two-thirds of the time. Want to learn more? I found Joy Dryfoos's 2002 article in The Phi Delta Kappan -- Full-Service Community Schools: Creating New I...
Friday, May 3, 2013 06:37 pm
A while back, in “Teaching idiots,” I ventured the view that it has never been easier than it is today to give oneself an education. I did not however settle the question of whether is might be wise to do so. The self-taught tend to have patchy educations. This can be bad, it can be good. You know less than people schooled to a formal curriculum, but you often end up knowing what you do ...

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