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A person holds a flu vaccine at the Institut Pasteur de Lille research centre on October 11, 2013 in Lille, northern France. French health authorities launched their annual flu vaccination campaign on October 9 insisting on the elderly and people at risk, even though French people are increasingly reluctant to get vaccinated. AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET (Photo credit should read DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)

New Vaccine Requirements For Illinois Students

Illinois requires students enrolling in school to be up-to-date on immunizations. Students enrolling in kindergarten for the first time in an Illinois school must have an eye exam by a licensed optometrist or a medical doctor.

08/08/2014

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5 Back To School Things Teachers Would Love Your Help With

Seasoned instructors share the essentials for your child’s transition back to the classroom.

07/21/2014

Students stage a peace rally at a Safe Haven summer camp on Wednesday. (Credit: CBS)

CPS Students Rally For Peace At Summer Camps

Several rallies were being held across the city on Wednesday, as part of the city’s effort to keep children safe from violence during summer break.

07/02/2014

Meghana Kamineni of Lockport, participates during round two of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition May 28, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.   (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

5 Illinois Students Reach National Spelling Bee Semifinals

The competition began Wednesday with more than 280 students from around the country, but only 46 spellers advanced to the semifinals using scores from onstage words and a computerized spelling-vocabulary test.

05/29/2014

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Scottie Pippen, Nike To Offer Free City Basketball Clinics

Chi League School is an intensive basketball and life skills development program for high school student-athletes who want to improve their skills but do not have the opportunity to get invited to premier off-season leagues.

05/21/2014

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Officials Investigate Sexting At Homer Glen Middle School

The investigation, which started Monday, involves multiple reports of sexting among sixth-grade students, according to a statement Principal Kristen Schroeder and Assistant Principal Candis Gasa sent to parents and posted to the school’s website Thursday.

04/10/2014

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Police Investigate “Sexting” Scandal At Barrington Middle School

Some students at a northwest suburban middle school could face criminal charges, after using their phones to share provocative photos of classmates, including some naked pictures.

04/08/2014

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Officials Investigating Student “Hit List” Found At Indiana School

Neither school officials nor police are releasing specifics on the length of the list, the reasons why the students being accused put it together, or how it was to be carried out.

04/04/2014

After sending letters to seniors living at the Smith Village retirement community, kindergarteners from St. Cajetan met their pen pals in person on Tuesday. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya)

Morgan Park Kindergartners Meet Elderly Pen Pals

Monica and Kate are new pen pals who met for the first time in person on Tuesday. Monica Joria is 100 years old. Kate is 5, and is in kindergarten at St. Cajetan Elementary School in the Morgan Park neighborhood.

04/01/2014

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For Some Teens, ‘Looking Cool’ Trumps Keeping Warm

This winter has been tough for just about everyone in Chicago, including students who spend each morning waiting on the corner for their school buses – especially when some don’t make it any easier on themselves with their choice of winter clothing.

02/27/2014

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Little Village Teachers, Parents To Boycott ISAT

Teachers at a Little Village school are joining a growing effort to boycott the upcoming Illinois Standards Achievement Test, saying students are over-tested, and the ISAT is no longer of any use to the children who take it.

02/26/2014

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Elmwood Park H.S. Students Searched After Bomb Threat

No bomb was discovered, but the day’s lessons, which consisted of final exams, were delayed by about an hour while every student was patted down and backpacks, purses and other kinds of bags were searched

12/20/2013

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Volunteer Retirees Helping Kids With Schoolwork In Shorewood

An elementary school and a retirement community in the Joliet area have teamed up to bring together young and old for the benefit of both.

11/05/2013

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Illini Grad Talks To U. Of I. Students From International Space Station

Hopkins had 10 minutes to answer questions from Illini aerospace engineering students at the University of Illinois National Center for Supercomputing Applications. He is a 1991 engineering graduate and was co-captain of the Illini football team.

10/30/2013

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CPS Changes Student Promotion Policy, Plans Help For Struggling Kids

Extra help for struggling students will be built into the school day, Chicago Public Schools said Thursday, announcing a change in the way it determines how children in key grades will be promoted.

10/18/2013

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Parents Want To Block CPS From Sharing Kids’ Records With National Database

The head of a Chicago parents group was warning parents the Chicago Public Schools system plans to upload personal student information into a national database.

10/10/2013

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School Board Members Spar During Meeting To Address Student Brawl

A special school board meeting to address last week’s fight between rival high schools in Rich Township got a little testy itself on Tuesday.

10/09/2013

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Transportation Advocates Urge Kids To Ride Bikes To School

Schools nationwide are taking part in the annual “Walk and Roll to School” day, and the Active Transportation Alliance is organizing it locally.

10/09/2013

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School Hustles Kids, Staff Out Door After Recent Nearby Gun Violence

Dulles School of Excellence, 6311 S. Calumet Ave., has told staffers to clear the building and parking lot immediately after school is dismissed. Teachers were told to exit with their students and leave the school.

09/13/2013

Charlie Trotter outside his now closed restaurant. (Credit: Steve Miller/WBBM Newsradio)

Students Accuse Chef Charlie Trotter Of Kicking Them Out

Celebrity chef Charlie Trotter left a group of After School Matters photography students scratching their heads Thursday night after they said he insulted them and kicked them out of his restaurant

08/30/2013

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