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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, as the IHSA scales back its allowable activities for summer sports, school districts prepare for return-to-school. Courts are being asked to hear the issue of requiring face masks and temperature checks in classrooms. Also in the news, charter schools are among the recipient of federal payroll-protection loans.

IHSA forced to revise Phase 4
The Telegraph, Alton, July 9

South suburban schools to start a new school year like no other amid COVID-19 concerns

Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, Chicago and suburbs, July 12

Clay County Couple Suing Over School Reopening Guidelines
INN/WNOI, Flora, July 3

Parent sues School Board over face mask, temperature check mandates
Deborah Gertz Husar, Quincy Herald-Whig, July 10

Taxpayer-funded Chicago charter schools cashed in on COVID-19 loans; CPS seeks probe
Lauren FitzPatrick and Nader Issa, Chicago Sun-Times, July 8

In today’s Leading News, as COVID-19 cases climb, a testing center opens at a north suburban high school. As Chicago’s Mayor Lightfoot says it’s a local decision, the national conversation  over opening schools continues and oscillates. Also in the news, the University of Illinois has a saliva test for returning students, faculty, and staff.

Mobile COVID-19 testing site opens at Lake Zurich High School in response to rising cases
Alexis McAdams, ABC 7, Chicago,  July 12

Despite President Donald Trump’s push for nation’s schools to reopen this fall, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the decision should be local
Gregory Pratt and Jamie Munks, Chicago Tribune, July 8

Nation's Pediatricians Walk Back Support For In-Person School
Anya Kamanetz, NPR, July 10

Virus spread, not politics should guide schools, doctors say
Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press, July 12

Free saliva-based COVID-19 tests begin at University of Illinois, but school won’t say if students are required to take them
Elyssa Cherney, Chicago Tribune, July 7

In today’s Leading News, amid pressure to reopen schools for full-time in-person learning, testing in some areas finds the number of COVID-19 cases among school-age children is increasing. Teachers and administrators raise options and concerns about classroom management and keeping students safe. Also in the news, the U of I plans to test students and staff.

President Trump says he will pressure states to reopen schools in fall
Collin Binkley. AP/ Chicago Sun-Times, July 7

Lake County warns COVID-19 cases climbing among young adults, teenagers
Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, July 8

Local school districts talk masks, regional superintendents weigh in on fall plans
WMBD, Peoria, July 7

Teachers have their own concerns as District 186 grapples with in-person learning
Steven Spearie, State Journal-Register, Springfield, June 6

Back to school: 'We are changing the tire while we are driving the car'
Jeff D'Alessio, News-Gazette, Champaign, July 7

In today’s Leading News, current events lead to district and media discussion on the roles and expectations of school resource officers.  The state approves funds to buy the Lincoln-Way North High School facility. Maine THSD 207 reaches an agreement with its teachers. Also in the news, summer work continues at Quincy SD 172 facilities.
 
Rock Island-Milan School Board to discuss role of school resource officers
Nicole Lauer, Quad City Times, July 1
 
How many students are arrested at Chicago schools? CPS tells City Council it doesn’t know
Nader Issa, Chicago Sun-Times, June 1
 
Legislature appropriates $122.5 million to fund purchase of Lincoln-Way North High School as hub for state agencies
Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, Chicago and suburbs, July 1
 
New four-year teachers pact in District 207
Christopher Placek, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, July 1
 
QPS summer projects ahead of schedule
Deborah Gertz Husar, Quincy Herald Whig, June 26

In today’s Leading News, ISBE walks back on the use of face shields for students and teachers, except when circumstances necessitate. Illinois school districts consult and consider their options for return-to-school. Also in the news, Florida’s education commissioner has signed an executive order requiring that state’s school district  to open next month.

ISBE halts mass use of face shields in schools
Galena Gazette, July 6

What Will Learning Look Like This Fall? That Depends On The School.
Adriana Cardona-Maguigad, WBEZ, Chicago, July 6

Altamont school officials navigate web of reopening guidelines
Charles Mills, Effingham Daily News, July 1

Barrington schools offering students choice between in-person or remote learning
Patricia Babcock McGraw, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, July 3

Florida’s public schools must reopen, offer 5-day-a-week, on-campus option, state says
Leslie Postal. Orlando Sentinel, July 6

In today’s Leading News, with coronavirus cases on the rise nationwide, take a look at back-to-school from  national, regional, and local perspectives.  Also in the news, IDPH has approved the IHSA’s plan for re-opening, which includes sport-specific activities.

School districts across US debate how to reopen as COVID-19 cases continue to spike
Patrick Whittle And Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press/Chicago Tribune, July 5

How Teachers Are Thinking About Reopening Schools
Sacha Pfeiffer, All Things Considered, NPR, July 5

Could this be the end of perfect attendance awards?
Corina Curry, Rockford Register Star, July 4

D205 fielding parents’ opinions
Matt Koester, Register-Mail, Galesburg, July 2

Illinois High School Association moves to 'Phase 4' of Return to Play Guidelines after getting IDPH approval
Joey Wagner, Decatur Herald-Review, July 3

In today’s Leading News, school district continue to plan for the fall semester based on the return-to-school guidelines released last week.

U-46 likely to require face masks, hand-washing stations, office shields when school resumes in fall, officials say
Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, June 30

Local superintendents react to state guidance for schools in Phase 4
Stephanie Markham, Kankakee Daily Journal, July 1

School district superintendents say they won’t use hybrid learning model
WMBD, Peoria, June 29

'We'll put together the best possible plan we can and learn to adapt' Dist. 99 superintendent reacts to 'nebulous' ISBE fall guidelines
Joshua Welge Suburban Life, June 29

Rock Island School Board delays decision on remote learning to start year
Nicole Lauer, Quad Cities Dispatch-Argus, June 30

In today’s Leading News, school districts in Illinois listen to their communities on issues of social justice and racial equity. In other news, a U.S. Supreme Court decision in a Montana case  may open the doors for greater public funding of private, religious education.
 
Students Seek Change
Sierra Henry, Bloomington Pantagraph, June 29
 
U-46 educators say social justice, racial equity begins in schools
Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs, June 20
 
Barrington, Lake Zurich alumni collect signatures on petitions that call for racial changes in schools
Marissa Plescia Pioneer Press/Lake Zurich Courier, June 29
 
‘400 YEARS OF THIS’ Area school districts look to address racism in myriad ways
Anthony Zilis, News Gazette, Champaign, June 28
 
Supreme Court: Montana Can't Exclude Religious Schools From Scholarship Program
Nina Totenberg, National Public Radio, Washington, D.C.