Education Desk: Students Will Face New Science Test By Dusty Rhodes • Aug 4, 2015 ShareTweetEmail Chicago Tribune reveals info about new science test required for 5th, 8th and 10th graders this year. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-illinois-science-test-met-20150804-story.html#page=1 Tags: NPR Illinois Education Deskstandardized testingstandardized testsShareTweetEmailView the discussion thread. Related Content Helpful Or Harmful? Educators Struggle With Social Media By Dusty Rhodes • Jun 11, 2015 Listen Listening... / 4:27 Listen to the story.... A couple of years ago, two people in Urbana were hit by darts fired from a blow-dart gun. They weren't seriously injured. That’s not what this story is about. The attacks were so random, and frankly so weird, that most people found them humorous. One of those happened to be a middle-school teacher, who posted a comment on Facebook. Teach For America Alums Speak Out By Dusty Rhodes • Jul 9, 2015 Listen Listening... / 7:56 The latest report from the WUIS Education Desk The highly-touted 25-year-old program that boasts it's more selective than Harvard comes under criticism from its own alums in a new book edited by T. Jameson Brewer. Education Bill Signals New Funding Strategy By Dusty Rhodes • Jun 25, 2015 Courtesy of Funding Illinois Future Listen Listening... / 3:44 Governor Bruce Rauner has approved the portion of the state budget earmarked for public schools. His move yesterday ensures schools will be able to open on time. The legislation even increases funding for education by more than $200 million dollars over the previous year. But the new money has strings attached.