Catching Up On The News

Some recent stories you may have missed:

school year, new anxieties
Meeting new
classmates, teachers, getting good grades, competitive sports, socializing and
just being away from parents, are all part of the back-to-school ritual.

over Arabic-oriented school
The goals were clear
when Sheneen Jackson enrolled her son in one of the first public schools in the
nation to focus on Arabic language and culture.

Schools’ Funding Cut
Illinois Governor Rod
Blagojevich cut $463 million in line items from the budget this week to expand
state healthcare coverage. One of the casualties was funding for more than
thirty of Chicago’s charter schools.

get 'F' from teachers
Sun Times
Hundreds of teachers and staff have been underpaid, a problem that grew
for months before administrators announced a fix.

scores on state test fall 2nd year in row
Sun Times
Chicago high school scores on a mandatory state test fell for the second year
in a row, dragged down by a drop in practical reading skills, such as
deciphering instructions and reading technical manuals, data released Thursday

fights firing 
Sun Times
Chicago Public Schools officials say they found a disoriented assistant
principal stumbling in a school hallway, smelling of alcohol, during a 2005
training seminar.

Gage Park Freshmen
Left in Limbo
Sun Times
Park High School has
struggled with overcrowding. As many as 250 kids enrolled at the school, only
to get an unwelcome surprise when they showed up for orientation.

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