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Chicago Aug 1, 2019

‘Supporting Our Schools' Project Spotlight: Support Eco-Friendly Initiatives

From now through Aug. 2, join NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago’s “Supporting our Schools” giving campaign to help local teachers and students in need.

  • NBC News Aug 12, 2018

    Back-To-School Shopping: How and When to Get the Best Deals

    The summer weather may still be in full force, but fall is definitely in the air, at least when you consider one of the year’s biggest retail events: Back-to-school shopping. Here’s a list of expert tips on how to get the best savings — and navigate the chaos with as little stress as possible. Before heading out, be sure to......
  • NBC Aug 8, 2018

    Back-To-School Supplies Get Revamp, From Scents to Llamas

    The microwave ate my homework? Reusable notebooks where writing disappears with heat are among the basic school supplies raising their game against gadgets like iPads. Also hot in the paper aisle this year: Decorative tape, creative journals and scented pencils in smells like bacon and pickle. “There’s an explosion of innovation and fun...
  • Arizona Aug 9, 2018

    ‘A Struggle': 18 Percent of Teachers Work Multiple Jobs

    Jennifer Williams can’t afford to work just one job. In addition to teaching 10th grade English full time in Baltimore, the single mother works four side jobs, including a waitressing gig on nights and weekends. She also runs her school’s literary magazine, coaches volleyball and supervises the speech and debate team. In the U.S., about 18 percent ...
  • NBC Aug 1, 2018

    Backpack Index: The Cost of School Supplies Dropped Across All Grade Levels

    Back-to-school shopping isn’t getting more expensive for once, according to new survey. The cost of classroom supplies dropped across every grade level ahead of the 2018-19 school year, according to the latest Huntington Backpack Index. While some costs fell, college preparatory material costs increased 10 percent.

  • Jul 31, 2018

    Mom Starts Crayon Recycling Business, Funds School Supplies With the Money

    Megan Tannenbaum first started the “Great Crayon Project” as a means to recycle broken crayons she found at her daughter’s school. What was first meant to be a “cute home project” is now a small business that donates its proceeds to fund school supplies for kids from broken crayons prepped by employees hired from the l...
  • Florida Jul 23, 2018

    Schools Eye Facial Recognition Technology to Boost Security

    The surveillance system that has kept watch on students entering Lockport schools for over a decade is getting a novel upgrade. Facial recognition technology soon will check each face against a database of expelled students, sex offenders and other possible troublemakers. It could be the start of a trend as more schools fearful of shootings conside...
  • rapper Jul 20, 2018

    Common Goes Back to School to Help New York City Teachers

    Rapper Common has won three Grammys, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award but a recent visit to a New York City school was “humbling” — mainly because many of the students were too young to know his music. The award-winner showed up at P.S. 111 in midtown Manhattan on Thursday as an ambassador for the Adopt-A-Classroom initiative. He mad...
  • Eric Hinton Jul 20, 2018

    Big Move for Big Bird: Sesame Street Is Entering Classrooms

    Sesame Street is taking its beloved, critically acclaimed brand of educational television into the highly profitable world of classroom curriculum — a move that experts say could open the door for other companies to move into the sensitive learning space with possible influence on children.

  • Chicago Jul 10, 2018

    Food Deliveries Are Remaking School Lunch — Where Schools Haven't Banned Them

    Families around the country are finding new options for their children’s midday meal thanks to a growing number of delivery options catering to students. Some deliver to the schools, others to homes. As for teens calling in their own food deliveries, some schools allow it and others don’t. Lisa Farrell launched Red Apple Lunch after mar...
  • Jul 9, 2018

    ‘Supporting Our Schools' Aims to Help Chicago-Area Teachers and Students This Summer

    From July 8 through July 31, join NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago’s “Supporting our Schools,” a giving campaign to help local teachers and students in need. This year, you pick the classrooms you want to directly impact across the city and suburbs.

  • Asher Klein Jul 11, 2018

    Trump to Rescind Obama-Era Guidance on Affirmative Action

    The Trump administration said the government would no longer encourage schools to use race as a factor in the admissions process, rescinding Obama-era guidance meant to promote diversity among students. The shift announced Tuesday gives colleges the federal government’s blessing to leave race out of admissions and enrollment decisions and und...
  • Donald Trump Jul 11, 2018

    Proposed Department of Education Merger Comes as Key Education Programs Dismantled

    While President Donald Trump has turned used Twitter to reinforce his stance on key issues and criticize his Democratic colleagues, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has taken steps to fade out key Department of Education programs. Trump pledged to eliminate the Department of Education and has taken the first step toward achieving that goal, propo...
  • first lady Jun 21, 2018

    Michelle Obama Tells Students ‘College Wasn't Meant to Do Alone'

    Former first lady Michelle Obama told first-generation college freshmen to surround themselves with a community to help them survive college. Mrs. Obama was the first in her family to attend college. She said: “Finding a cohort for yourself and starting to build your community is going to be important. College wasn’t meant to do alone.&...
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