December 6, 2012
The News Journal
Lake Forest residents OK tax hike
Residents of Lake Forest School District on Tuesday approved a tax-hike referendum by a vote of 753-734. “It’s very tough to get approval in this day and age, in this economy,” Superintendent Dan Curry said of the tax increase. The referendum will raise about $1.16 million over three years. The tax increase will be 25.38 cents per $100 assessed home value.
U.S. News debuts comparison of reputation to performance
U.S. News and World Report released a new analysis that seems to give a nod to concern that a college’s reputation isn’t everything and applicants should look closely beyond the rankings choices. The magazine published a list of colleges in its National Universities ranking category that are overperforming or underperforming in their undergraduate academics compared to their overall ranking.
Hawaii sets standards for early-childhood education
Hawaii released a set of standards that identifies expectations of knowledge and behavior for children from birth to kindergarten. The research-based standards align with the state’s K-12 standards and the Common Core State Standards, which is expected to provide for a smoother transition for students from early-childhood programs into kindergarten.
PBS News Hour
In Chicago, public schools and teachers work toward a Common Core
Some states, including Illinois, recently have adopted the Common Core State Standards. While some teachers feel relief at having clear guidelines, this video news segment about Chicago public schools examines the implementation of new student and teacher evaluations.