Weekly NewsBrief 6/16-6/22
High school graduation would require fewer state tests under Senate plan – By Patrick O’Donnell, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Graduating from high school will no longer require students to earn good scores on numerous state tests under a plan the Ohio Senate passed today.
Students will still need strong scores on two tests to show competency in English and math under the new plan. But they will no longer have to do well on six other state tests, as the state requires now.
They also will have to earn at least two of 12 diploma “seals” the state would offer, each designed to show more advanced skills in areas students choose, like the arts, technology, citizenship or college- or career-readiness.
These state requirements, like the test score hurdles they replace, are in addition to the traditional diploma requirements of earning credits by passing classes in multiple subjects. The state has added extra requirements in recent years, in hopes of making diplomas mean more to employers and to prove readiness for college.
How much money are Illinois colleges getting in the new budget? ‘It’s definitely good news for colleges and universities.’ – By Dawn Rhodes, The Chicago Tribune
Illinois’ public universities and community colleges are getting an increase in state funding not seen in nearly three decades.
The state budget Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed June 5 raises higher education general funding by $154 million or 8.2 percent, the largest year-over-year percentage jump since 1990, according to the Illinois Board of Higher Education.
The budget includes $1.16 billion to cover day-to-day operations at the 12 public universities. That is a 5 percent increase over last year, giving the schools an additional $52.8 million.
Community colleges will receive a 12.3 percent increase from the 2018-19 school year, up $33.2 million for a total budget of $303 million.