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 [...]

The publisher of a newsletter about the criminal justice system filed a lawsuit this week against the Illinois Department of Corrections alleging that multiple state prisons barred inmates from receiving all or part of several publications. The complaint alleges that inmates who subscribe to Prison Legal News (PLN), a 72-page monthly newsletter that includes news, analysis and [...]

Schools Are Using Poverty Simulations To Build Empathy. But Do They Work?

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. The event — a professional development training hosted at the Mahomet-Seymour Junior High School — was a poverty simulation. The staff spent [...]

If you’ve seen Gov. Bruce Rauner’s campaign commercials , you might think the school funding issue was settled last summer. But as often happens with…

Deciding At What Age To Give A Kid A Smartphone

It’s a question most parents will wrestle with at some point — when is the right time to give my child a smartphone? Let’s tick through a few other questions first.

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