Social Policy

Unusual insight into complex social problems related to the impact of public policy on individuals, communities and institutions

Differential response to child abuse and neglect in Illinois

Authors

  • Kristin Abner

Chapter 5 of The Illinois Report 2013

In 2009, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) began a pilot program and evaluation of one of the latest approaches to serving lower-risk children referred into the child welfare system (differential response). This intervention approach connects low-risk households to community services, and is completely voluntary.


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The American research university: A renewable resource of innovation

Authors

  • Carolyn V. Nowinski
  • Lawrence B. Schook

Chapter 9 of The Illinois Report 2012

This report examines the role of the public research university and highlights opportunities it can bring to a state and its people.


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Playful learning in early childhood

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Chapter 8 of The Illinois Report 2012

This report examines how early childhood education policies in Illinois and other states contribute to the debate about the role of play in learning, and highlights promising directions for future policy.


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The challenging road to coherence in Illinois education policy

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  • Benjamin Superfine
  • Mark A. Smylie
  • Marlon I. Cummings
  • Steven Tozer

Chapter 7 of The Illinois Report 2012

This report reviews and evaluates key components of education policy in Illinois.


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Latinos in Illinois

Authors

  • Jorge Chapa

Chapter 2 of The Illinois Report 2012

This report examines demographic characteristics of the Latino population in Illinois including educational attainment and employment statistics.


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Springfield's continuum of learning

Authors

  • Harry Berman
  • Stacy Reed

Chapter 9 of The Illinois Report 2011

This report examines policies designed to improve educational attainment and explores a model developed at a local level that creates a partnership between schools, business and social services communities.


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Illinois college and career readiness pilot initiative

Authors

  • Debra Bragg
  • Lorenzo Baber
  • Erin Castro

Chapter 8 of The Illinois Report 2011

This report examines the College and Career Readiness Pilot Program in Illinois, passed by the General Assembly in 2007, which puts community colleges together with high schools to better prepare students for transition to college.


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School vouchers and charter schools in Illinois

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Chapter 7 of The Illinois Report 2011

This report examines charter schools and voucher programs in Illinois and discusses whether they improve performance of public schools and educational opportunity.


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Social and emotional learning for Illinois students

Authors

  • Peter Ji
  • Peter Mulhall
  • Barbara Shaw
  • Roger P. Weissberg

Chapter 6 of The Illinois Report 2011

This report summarizes the standards for social and emotional learning in Illinois, preschool through high school.


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Health care reform and Medicaid

Authors

  • Nicole Kazee

Chapter 5 of The Illinois Report 2011

This report reviews the Medicaid provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and their applications to policy in Illinois.


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