Leading News

Leading News

IASB's News Clip Service: The links to articles posted here are selected daily from news sources across Illinois, and sometimes beyond, provided as a service to our membership. These links go directly to the original source (print, broadcast, or online media) of the article. The purpose of sharing these links is to give readers of this site a wider perspective on state and local issues impacting public education. IASB neither endorses nor verifies the content.

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In today’s Leading News, the Illinois Department of Public Health has a zip code map for known and reportable COVID-19 cases. Members of the Class of 2020 face an uncertain end to their high school careers. Altamont CUSD 10 offers a four-point plan for the continuation of learning, and Woodstock CUSD 200 puts remote teaching and learning into practice. In Champaign CUSD 4, facilities improvements can’t be rushed by school building closures.

IDPH releases COVID-19 cases by zip code, indicating virus' impact on local communities

Sean Hammond, Northwest Herald, Chicago suburbs, April 6


'They just want to celebrate this accomplishment'

Deborah Gertz Husar, Quincy Herald-Whig, April 8


Altamont school district sets goals during closure

Charles Mills, Effingham Daily News, April 6


New Learning Meets New Teaching

Tricia Carzoli, Woodstock Independent, April 8


At Champaign schools, no students, but no changes to construction calendar, either

Ben Zigterman, Champaign News-Gazette, April 7

In today’s Leading News, known as “Zoombombing” even when it’s not on Zoom platforms, instances of disruptive  VTC hijacking have been reported in Illinois school districts, leading to increased security for  remote-learning meetings.

Zoom Bombers Interrupt Remote Learning At Niles North, Niles West
Tara Molina, CBS-2, Chicago, April 3

Winnetka schools get ‘Zoombombed’ with pornography, racist rants during online meetings with students; police investigating
Karen Ann Cullotta, Chicago Tribune, April 7

Schools Ditch Zoom Amid Concerns Over Online Learning Security
Anya Kamenetz, National Public Radio, April 6

Don’t Get Bombed: How to Host Zoom Meetings, Hangouts, Houseparty and More
Nicole Nguyen, Wall Street Journal, April 2

New to Zoom? Here are tips and tricks to make you a pro user
WMBD, Peoria, March 30

In today’s Leading News, education headlines without coronavirus: The state-level discussion on seclusion, time out,  and restraint, prompted by Chicago Tribune and ProPublica Illinois, continues. Quincy Schools work on outdoor repairs, while Leyden CHSD 212 seeks funds for classroom  improvements. Some CPS students await decisions on selective enrollment high schools. Also in the news, Pikeland CUSD 10 in Pittsfield adds bass fishing, a competitive activity for all students.
Illinois officials promised to ban prone restraint in schools. Then, they changed their minds.
Jennifer Smith Richards and Jodi S. Cohen, Chicago Tribune, April 6
Illinois lawmakers vow to push forward with a ban on prone restraint in schools
Jennifer Smith Richards and Jodi S. Cohen, Chicago Tribune, April 6
School Board moves forward with bleacher, lighting projects
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, March 26
Leyden High Schools property tax levy to pay for classroom renovations
Deborah Kadin, Pioneer Press /Franklin Park Herald Journal, April 5
Getting an offer to a selective enrollment high school in Chicago is a big deal. But CPS blames a ‘clerical error’ for some students getting passed up.
Hannah Leone, Chicago Tribune, April 2
'Bass fishing fits right in'
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, April 5

In today’s Leading News, educators consider the extra challenges involved in remote learning for students with special needs. Illinois school districts adjust to their new learning plans. Also in the news, Bremen CHSD 228 deploys 3D printers to make PPE supplies for local first responders.

Remote learning extra challenging for students with special needs
Scott Hilyard, Journal Star, Peoria, April 2

Some parents worried coronavirus school shutdowns will leave students with disabilities behind
Collin Binkley, AP/Chicago Tribune, March 31

Schools And Students Learning From Home
Mary (Galer) Herschelman, Hillsboro Journal News, April 1

Students adapt to home ‘classrooms’
Samantha McDaniel-Ogletree, Jacksonville Journal-Courier, March 30

Suburban students step up to make, donate PPE
Patrick Elwood, WGN-TV, Chicago

In today’s Leading News, Illinois media ask “what does it mean?” as Illinois schools move to remote learning.

Illinois schools are now shut until May because of coronavirus.
Here’s what that means for students, parents and teachers.

Hannah Leone, Chicago Tribune, April 1

So your school is practicing remote learning. What does it mean?
Jerry Nowicki, CNI/Decatur Herald and Review, March 31

EAWR students to continue classes online, with handouts during closure
The Telegraph, Alton, March 31

Champaign superintendent: For all involved, 'very uncharted territory'
Bob Asmussen, Champaign News-Gazette, April 1

Bloomington-Normal area schools bring learning home as Pritzker extends school closure for COVID-19
Kelsey Watznauer, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, March 31

In today’s Leading News, with the extension of the state’s stay-at-home order, school districts will be remote learning through April. School districts add local twists to their remade spring schooling efforts. Also in the news, career and technical education programs offer help to healthcare providers.

Pritzker extends stay at home order, closes schools until April 30
Doug Finke, State Journal-Register, Springfield, March 31

State outlines remote learning for schools
Jerry Nowicki, CNI/Piatt County Journal-Republican, March 31

Illinois shifting to 'remote learning' during school closure
Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig, Quincy, March 31

Beyond Lessons: E-learning packets come with a little extra in McLean County Unit 5
Lenore Sobota, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, March 30

Teachers and students create protective gear for essential workers in coronavirus battle:
‘I realized ... I have the exact skill that people are calling out for’

Karen Ann Cullotta, Pioneer Press, Chicago Tribune, April 1