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LeroyTirebiter - GREDF supports Quincy School Building Referendum - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Why would anyone want to actually investigate something by checking facts? It is so much easier to just press "share" or "forward" and keep spreading those rumors and lies. Or for some of the "trolls" - more fun to just say outrageous things to get a reaction.
gizzard93 - Quinn, Durbin to drop in Monday for Port Authority announcement - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.co
Looks like some one is going to try to buy some more votes with our money.
ONCEMORE1 - GREDF supports Quincy School Building Referendum - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
How clever. Is that one of your classroom lessons? Teaching to vent frustrations with personal attacks?
qfingers - GREDF supports Quincy School Building Referendum - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Problem with all of these studies is a lack of strong scientific support in the conclusions. You can't control "for other variables" with any real chance of veracity. We will...on the other hand...have a small experiment here which should give a good indication of the truth of these ideas. Kids in the new schools should perform notably better (11%???) then the ones still stuck in the old ones.…
WarCry - GREDF supports Quincy School Building Referendum - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
http://www2.ed.gov/offices/OESE/archives/inits/co... "A study of the District of Columbia school system found, after controlling for other variables such as a student's socioeconomic status, that students' standardized achievement scores were lower in schools with poor building conditions.…

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1 month, 2 weeks ago from the Associated Press

Don't come with any corresponding state funding

Schools in Illinois have begun their academic years with two dozen new requirements from lawmakers that don't come with any corresponding state funding.
The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports data collected by the Illinois State Board of Education show the 24 additional requirements this year are down slightly from the average 27 new rules imposed each year since 2007.
This year the new rules include training students how to use automatic external defibrillators and practicing how to evacuate schools in emergencies.
The new requirements for schools come at the same time as Illinois' rising unfunded pension liability prompted severe cuts to school funding in recent years, with district officials frequently voicing complaints that the cost of complying often comes at the expense of other programs or even local property tax increases.
State officials say at least 64 of the estimated 224 new requirements handed down in the past seven years would cost school districts money.
"Obviously, there are some things that are worthwhile," Mike Williams, superintendent of the Maroa-Forsyth school district in central Illinois, said. "We'd just appreciate the ability to review some of them and decide whether they fit with our mission."
Mandates put on the books in recent years that some decry as unnecessary include requiring school districts to accept miniature horses as service animals for certain disabled children. Others require schools to teach about Internet safety and to have all flags flown at public school buildings manufactured in the United States.
Democratic state Sen. Andy Manar of Bunker Hill last spring introduced a proposal that would allow school districts to opt out of having to comply with some mandates - a way of appeasing some districts that questioned his plan to overhaul the state's school funding formula.
But idea was later dropped after opponents suggested it would be tough for lawmakers to remove requirements that could be viewed as important to crucial voting blocs - among them requiring the teaching of women's rights and African-American history each year.

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