Leading News 2022

In today’s Leading News, COVID-19’s impacts hit all arenas of education.
Colleges enrolled 1M fewer undergrads in fall 2021 than before the pandemic
Natalie Schwartz, Higher Ed Dive, January 13
'With omicron, it's different': How parents can detect and deflect the variant in kids
Marni Pyke, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, January 11
Illinois COVID recommendations are changing. Here are two affecting students and employers
Leslie Renken, Peoria Journal Star, January 12
New state law allows student mental health days
Bob Skolnik, Riverside-Brookfield Landmark, January 11
Goodbye 'godsend': Expiration of child tax credits hits home for US families
John Raby, Fatima Hussein and Josh Boak, AP/Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, January 13

In today’s Leading News, plans are underway for additional testing as schools deal with the Omicron variant.
Biden sending more COVID tests to schools to keep them open
Zeke Miller, AP/Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, January 12
Frustration mounting in shorthanded Unit 4
Ethan Simmons, Champaign News-Gazette, January 12
Illinois reduces quarantine time for schools from 10 to 5 days to align with CDC guidance amid COVID-19 surge
Karen Ann Cullotta, Chicago Tribune, January 11
Some south and southwest suburban schools hold off bringing students back amid rise in COVID-19 cases
Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, Chicago and suburbs, January 10
School safety debate rages anew with Omicron
Nader Issa and Brett Chase, Chicago Sun-Times, January 10

In today’s Leading News, a new law adds Muhammad Ali Day and history courses to include the study of the contributions made by Americans of different faith practices. Schools consider extracurricular equity. Illinois’ neighbors look at oversight of curriculum. Also in the news, a school community mourns a teacher who “spoke from the heart.”

Muhammad Ali Day part of new law requiring Ill. public schools curriculum include contributions to U.S. history by Muslim Americans, other faith groups
Zareen Syed, Chicago Tribune/Pioneer Press, January 11

After public outcry, sexuality and gender club at Genoa-Kingston High School gets advisor stipend
Katrina J.E. Milton, DeKalb Daily Chronicle, January 11

Iowa Gov. Reynolds targets 'X-rated' books in schools, 'transparency' in Condition of the State speech
Brianne Pfannenstiel, Des Moines Register, January 11

Parents, teachers on opposing side of Indiana bill that would give parents oversight of public school curriculum
Alexandra Kukulka, Post-Tribune, Northwest Indiana, January 10

‘Her whole heart was in it’: River Ridge mourns death of teacher Celia Hartman
Brandon Behlke, Galena Gazette, January 10
In today’s Leading News, CPS classrooms to open as the education community is still looking for the “light at the end of the tunnel.”

Chicago Teachers Union clears way for in-person classes to resume Wednesday in Chicago Public Schools after four days of cancellations over COVID-19 clashes
Tracy Swartz, Gregory Pratt, Shanzeh Ahmad, Diana Wallace, and Sarah Freishtat, Chicago Tribune, January 10

Rockford Public Schools still unable to run buses for all students
Chris Green, Rockford Register Star, January 10

More central Illinois school districts move to remote or cancel classes
Jakob Emerson, WICS, Springfield, January 10

More suburban kids hospitalized with severe COVID-19 cases as surge breaks records: ‘We just don’t know the implications’
Mitchell Armentrout, Chicago Sun-Times, January 7

‘We thought we saw the light at the end of the tunnel.’ Anxiety and pandemic fatigue are spiking amid latest COVID surge.
Angie Leventis Lourgos, Laura Rodríguez Presa, and William Lee, Chicago Tribune, January 9

In today’s Leading News, catch up with the takes on the pending change in quarantine and isolation times, as announced late last week, and other coronavirus news.
State Board of Education flips: Illinois schools will follow new CDC isolation guidance
Kelsey Rettke, Shaw Media, Northern Illinois, January 7
Less stringent CDC guidance will mean quicker return to school for Bloomington-Normal students and teachers
Ryan Denham, WGLT, Normal, January 9
Illinois schools will soon see changes to COVID-19 isolation and quarantine requirements
Megan Valley, Belleville News-Democrat, January 7
Teachers union, PPS leaders meet to discuss district’s COVID plan
WEEK, Peoria, January 7
Some Teachers Are Running Out of Sick Days, and Administrators Are Hesitant to Help
Mark Lieberman & Madeline Will, Education Week, January 7

In today’s Leading News, school districts continue to respond to the challenges presented by the coronavirus and its omicron variant.

Daily COVID-19 deaths in Illinois hit triple digits for first time since last February
Jake Griffin, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, January 6

Virtual or in-person? Southern Illinois schools weigh in amid COVID-19 case surge
Less O’Dell, The Southern Illinoisan, January 5

Chicago Public Schools cancels Friday classes amid ongoing teachers union standoff, record COVID-19 cases
Tracy Swartz, Gregory Pratt, Dan Petrella, and Joe Mahr, Chicago Tribune, January 6

Student attendance challenges during pandemic show in Pembroke
Stephanie Markham, Kankakee Daily Journal, January 5

Henry County substitute teachers in short supply. Has it affected your school?
Beth Welbers, Geneseo Republic, January 4

In today’s Leading News, the Illinois General Assembly moves into session. Schools across the nation consider the teaching of January 6. A shooting in a school parking lot sparks Rockford leaders to discuss juvenile crime. The coronavirus crisis impacts school-aged kids in many ways. Also in the news,  Oak Lawn-Hometown SD 123 middle school students make a difference.
Illinois legislators gather, slowly, in Springfield for third session marked by COVID-19 pandemic
Jeremy Gorner and Dan Petrella, Chicago Tribune, January 5
8 ways teachers are talking about Jan. 6 in their classrooms
Cory Turner, National Public Radio, January 6
Rockford police chief says juvenile crime is 'out of control'
Chris Green, Rockford Register Star, January 5
COVID-19 hardships fuel increase in violent student behavior and threats in K-12 schools: ‘It breaks our hearts to see them in crisis.’
Karen Ann Cullotta, Chicago Tribune, December 19
Oak Lawn middle schoolers trying to change the world with volunteering, ideas to combat climate change, music videos
Bill Jones, Daily Southtown, Chicago and suburbs, January 3

In today’s Leading News, the education community copes with the uncertainties of return-to-school after the winter break.
Pandemic-weary parents brace for another round of uncertainty in Chicago Public Schools: ‘I was a lot more patient at the beginning of COVID’
Madeline Buckley, Alice Yin, and Tracy Swartz, Chicago Tribune, January 4
CPS classes canceled Wednesday after CTU votes to refuse in-person work
The cancellation came despite a last-minute proposal from city leaders that introduced improved testing and safety measures.
Nader Issa, Chicago Sun-Times, January 4
With rising cases, school districts will be put to the test
Ethan Simmons, Champaign News-Gazette, January 3
Belleville high schools’ students will return to remote learning this week
Megan Valley, Belleville News-Democrat, January 4
Five U-46 schools will be closed Tuesday because of staffing shortages
Nicola Andrews, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, January 4

In today’s Leading News, the omicron surge complicates school districts moving into a fifth semester of coronavirus mitigations.

Officials are determined to keep schools open, despite omicron
Anya Kamanetz, All Things Considered/National Public Radio, January 3

Southwest Illinois schools adapt to COVID surges, including return to remote learning
Megan Valley, Belleville News-Democrat, January 3

CPS buying 100k laptops in anticipation of increased remote learning in January
Nader Issa, Chicago Sun-Times, December 22

Champaign schools will continue in-person learning for now, superintendent says
Debra Pressey, Champaign News-Gazette, December 31

Winter break extended by one week for Peoria students over omicron variant concerns
Andy Kravetz, Peoria Journal Star, January 2
In today’s Leading News, catch up with coronavirus as schools return, or not, after the winter break amidst the omicron wave … that “isn’t going to last forever.”

COVID-19 closures and rules take effect Monday in Illinois
AP/Journal Gazette and Times Courier, Charleston/Mattoon, January 3

FDA expands Pfizer boosters for more teens as omicron surges; CDC decision next
Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer, Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, January 3

State Board of Education: New CDC isolation guidance won’t apply for Illinois schools
Kelsey Rettke, Shaw Media, Upstate Illinois, December 31

CPS extends deadline for at-home COVID-19 tests after drop boxes overflow with kits; CTU criticizes screening ‘chaos’
Tracy Swartz, Chicago Tribune, December 29

Schools bend, don’t break as COVID tests weary kids, faculty
F. Amanda Tugade, Wednesday Journal, Oak Park , December 29

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