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Private and charter schools may not be as educationally effective as policymakers and school-choice advocates are leading Americans to believe, according to research by education professors Christopher and Sarah Lubienski. Their studies are explored in a new book, The Public School Advantage: Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools.

Book: Private schools not as effective as some advocates suggest

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:November 11, 2013

A new book challenges popular assumptions about the superiority of private-school education and raises questions about the political imperatives behind current school-reform and policy initiatives that are based on market theory.

Published Date: November 11, 2013


Teachers, pupils disagree about who the bullies are, study says

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:November 4, 2013

New research from the University of Illinois indicates that elementary school students and their teachers often don’t agree on who bullies whom in their classrooms. And researchers say that intervention and prevention programs need to both heighten teachers’ awareness of bullying and provide support for victims that mitigate its impact on their academic achievement.

Published Date: November 4, 2013


Susan Fowler, left, and Dawn Thomas reviewed six pilot programs aimed at recruiting hard to reach families whose children might not otherwise attend Illinois public early childhood education programs. Fowler is a faculty member in the College of Education; Thomas is project coordinator for the Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map.

Reforms would benefit early childhood education programs in Illinois

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:September 10, 2013

Illinois officials need to re-examine enrollment and funding policies for the state's public early childhood education programs to eliminate barriers that may keep the neediest of children from attending.

Published Date: September 10, 2013


Education professor Saundra Murray Nettles is the author of the new book, 'Necessary Spaces: Exploring the Richness of African American Childhood in the South'' (Information Age Publishing Inc., 2013).

Scholar examines keys to black children's psychosocial development

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education and Social Work Editor

Published Date:August 26, 2013

Education professor Saundra Murray Nettles is the author of the new book, "Necessary Spaces: Exploring the Richness of African American Childhood in the South" (Information Age Publishing Inc., 2013).

Published Date: August 26, 2013


A new study indicates that adolescent substance abuse has roots in bullying, fighting and familial violence, including conflict between siblings. Dorothy Espelage, a faculty member in the College of Education, led the research.

Study: Family violence can lead boys to aggression and to drug problems

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:July 15, 2013

Boys exposed to familial violence, including conflict between siblings, become increasingly aggressive toward their peers at school, and this aggression is associated with greater levels of alcohol and drug use over time, a new study by a University of Illinois researcher suggests.

Published Date: July 15, 2013