Education Desk Podcast | NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS show

Education Desk Podcast | NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

Summary: 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.


 Killjoy: Is Gameplay Okay In The Age Of Massacres? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 249

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.

 What Will It Take To Fix Illinois’s Teacher Shortage? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 256

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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 370

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.

 How Schools Can Help Kids Traumatized By Gun Violence | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 274

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.

 Private Working Group Studies Public Safety | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47

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

 U of I President: Freeze Tuition At Least 2 More Years | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54

The University of Illinois president told a panel of lawmakers Thursday that he'd like to maintain a freeze on tuition rates.

 Culture Shock: Teachers Call Noble Charters 'Dehumanizing' | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 286

The trend toward school choice has educators across the country looking at Chicago’s Noble Charter Schools — an award-winning network of mostly high schools that specializes in helping inner-city kids achieve the kind of SAT scores that propel them into four-year universities. But despite its prestigious reputation, Noble has a peculiarly high teacher turnover rate.

 Math & Science Academy Hopes To Cash In On Out-Of-State Students | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 250

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.

 Big School Funding Bill Now Down To The Little Things | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48

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?

 U of I Graduate Workers Strike Hinges On Tuition Waivers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 235

Hundreds of classes have been canceled and dozens more relocated as a strike by graduate employees at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign continues into a second week. On Tuesday night, graduate workers occupied the office of university president Tim Killeen. Strikers have a variety of demands, but one of the most contentious points focuses on the future of tuition waivers — and whether some graduate workers will have to pay tuition while employed in academic positions on campus.

 Curing Teacher Shortage May Take Dollars And Sense | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 61

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

 Cupich Says Desire For Scholarships Shows Need | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 57

Chicago Cardinal Blaise Cupich traveled to Springfield today to voice his support of stricter gun laws. But he also addressed Illinois' new school funding reform, and its tax credit program for private school scholarship donors.

 ISBE Supt. Defends Budget, Storyteller Request | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42

The Illinois State Board of Education is supposed to spend more government dollars on the neediest schools, according to a new funding plan. Today, lawmakers pushed back against the agency’s proposed price tag. The new plan is called "evidence-based funding," because it measures what each district needs against local resources. Using that math, state superintendent Tony Smith presented a budget request for $15 billion — about double what schools got last year.

 More Dollars Add Up To Less Trust | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 205

Last August, when Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the historic school funding reform plan, the celebration was like the political version of a wedding. Lawmakers from both parties got dressed up, made lovely speeches, and posed for pictures next to that one cousin they never really liked.

 Schools Are Using Poverty Simulations To Build Empathy, But Do They Work? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 266

About 100 teachers and school support staff spent the better part of three hours inside a junior high school gymnasium in rural, east central Illinois in early January. They were role playing people living in poverty.


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