One of the greatest privilege of my job is being trusted with people's stories. The past few weeks, that included the stories of a living Holocaust survivor, of a man who lost his daughter to a heroin overdose, of several survivors of sexual abuse, all so incredibly brave to share their stories.
I also had the opportunity to see Elgin Community College's production of "Our Lady of the Underpass," a play I've been wanting to see for years, since, you know, it's about saints and apparitions and based on a true story that took place at the underpass I drive through every day to work.
And to throw a hardball question at U.S. Secretary of State Arne Duncan during his visit to School District U46, the second-largest in the state. Previously, he'd gotten a question about Chicago Public Schools, a question asking him to summarize what he's done that day in U46 since the reporter only showed up at the end and a vague question from a student asking him what he's doing at the federal level to help students. I felt pretty good about that one.
Oh, and I found out I won a couple of prizes in the Illinois Press Association's Excellence in Journalism awards, although I won't know where I placed until the awards ceremony next month in Springfield.
Here are all those stories, starting with the cover stories I've written over the past few weeks:
- U.S. education secretary takes tough questions in U46
- First AVID seniors in U46 advance to college
- More to learn for substitute teachers
And the rest:
- Community, students rally against sexual abuse at ECC
- Holocaust survivor shares story with Elgin middle school students
- Seeing miracles in ECC production of 'Our Lady of the Underpass'
- Battling the beast
- Elgin talks education at first mayor's summit
- U46 bids farewell to longtime board members
- Parents oppose plan to eliminate special education class sizes
- Local fish luring people to Elgin Green Expo
- Library, firefighters, mayor issue reading challenge to city
While I was following Secretary Duncan, my colleague Kalyn Belsha at The Beacon-News covered the latest development with the proposed multi-district online charter school: School districts in proposed virtual charter to get own appeals hearings.
That's a completely different proposal for an online charter school than this one, presented this week: D300 hears bid for local charter online expansion.
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