Black lawmakers seek to revamp social studies education in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — Leaders of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus are urging a complete overhaul of the state’s social studies curriculum to ensure that contributions of Black Americans and other minorities are properly included in history education.

“Something has to happen in this space, where we’re all learning about each other, all of us,” Sen. Kimberly Lightford, a Maywood Democrat, said during a virtual committee hearing. “I’m not saying that we have to teach a special chapter that just teaches Black history. That is a myth. It should be taught throughout.”



Tuesday’s joint meeting of the Senate Education and Higher Education committees focused on racial equity in education and workforce development, one of four “pillars” that make up the caucus’s legislative agenda for the upcoming fall veto session.

During that hearing, lawmakers heard from several education officials, including Maurice Swinney, chief equity officer for Chicago Public Schools. CPS is currently in

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Here’s how online classes can bridge the current education gap for international studies


Studying abroad is a quintessential experience for many students. Each year thousands of students pack their bags and go to different countries for their higher education. This year the Covid-19 pandemic has wrecked the dreams of many. What now?

Universities worldwide believe that despite the spectre of Covid-19 looming large, there’s no reason for students to despair and give up on their study abroad dreams. Instead of waiting for universities to resume physical classes, why not opt for online learning to continue education during the ongoing pandemic.

What to look forward to?

Traditionally, university programmes have been intrinsically based around physical attendance of the students, and digital learning has remained a supplementary support mechanism. However, there is always a way if you look for one. Owing to the ongoing global crisis, academic institutions across the globe are transitioning to online education. Teachers are using online tools to keep their classes

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Newsom vetoed high school ethnic studies bill after complaints from Jewish groups about curriculum

SACRAMENTO — Jewish groups angered by their exclusion from a proposed ethnic studies curriculum for California high school students credited their concerns in large part for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s veto of a bill requiring the course for graduation.

It was the latest twist in a fight that has lasted more than a year over whether California’s high school students should be required to take an ethnic studies class and, if so, what should be included. The bill’s author pulled it in 2019 after a similar dispute over the course material. This year a revised version of the bill easily passed the Legislature, but Wednesday night, Newsom vetoed it.

In his veto message, the governor said only that the curriculum still needed more work because it was “insufficiently balanced and inclusive.”

AB331 would have added a one-semester ethnic studies course to the high school graduation requirement, starting with the 2029-30 academic

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First KU School of Professional Studies class starts this fall, pursues workforce-oriented education

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Sept. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The back-to-school season looks different this year, and some University of Kansas students are not only starting a new semester but also make up the first class in the new KU School of Professional Studies.

KU created the KU School of Professional Studies in December 2019 as it focuses on innovation and serving adult learners with timely, workforce-oriented education. The new school, based at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, facilitates social mobility and equity by providing high-quality academic programs, research activities and engaged learning initiatives.

Offering in-person, hybrid and online programs in various disciplines – from biotechnology, engineering and information technology to American Sign Language and Deaf studies, public health and workplace communication – the school serves diverse students who may work full-time, have commitments outside of the classroom, have prior college-level education or otherwise need a different

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