Peroria Publis School Board Set to Vote on Funding Requests

If board members approve two other requests, the district will continue to train teachers in a specialized approach for students with reading disabilities and increase the number of minority students in Advanced Placement and dual-credit courses…

…The district would pay $63,000 to Equal Opportunity Schools to help identify minority students who might have been overlooked for AP or dual-credit courses…

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Waukegan High School looks to expand AP offerings to more students

A grant from the nonprofit Equal Opportunity Schools will provide the district with monthly opportunities to work with its consultants about how the district uses data to identify students, “to pinpoint kids we might not usually pick up through the process of just recommendations only,” said Amanda Patti, one of Waukegan District 60’s area superintendents.

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IB 50th Anniversary

International Baccalaureate is proudly telling the world about their alumni in their 50th anniversary year. Reid Saaris, CEO and Founder of Equal Opportunity Schools, graduated with the IB diploma from Interlake High School. His organization is leading collaboration with US school districts to increase the number of low-income students and students of color who enroll and succeed in rigorous advanced coursework including the IB Diploma Programme.

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Schools get $27,000 from academic program

Students who want to take college preparatory classes will have more of a chance to through a new national program at School District 27J. Administrators recently received a $27,000 matching grant to offer more college prep classes. The money comes from the national Equal Opportunity Schools program.

Local schools receive technical assistance when they join the program. Teachers in the program focus on making sure all students try to achieve academic excellence, according to a press release.

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Illinois outpacing the nation in increasing low-income students’ participation in Advanced Placement

ISBE has requested $1 million to expand the AP program to additional schools through teacher professional development and assistance for students to enroll and succeed in AP courses.

Part of this funding will support the Lead Higher Initiative (in collaboration with Equal Opportunity Schools) whose partnership with Illinois aims to enroll 100,000 low-income students and students of color in AP and International Baccalaureate courses.

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