‘We’re not serving our kids, and we don’t really have a choice.’ 96% of Illinois school districts don’t have enough substitute teachers.

Thousands of teachers were forced into quarantine over the past month when an Omicron wave descended on Illinois schools. But in many districts, there were no substitute teachers to triage the situation until they get back. Mark Klaisner is a school administrator and president of the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools or IARSS. […]

The air in rural areas may be just as toxic as the pollution in cities

URBANA — A new study suggests the notion of clean, country air might be misleading. Traditionally, air quality has been measured by the size of pollution particles or, more scientifically, particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers or less. Considered that way, urban air tends to be more polluted than rural air because the […]