Friday AM News: Tax swap, Student loans, Township legislation, Aurora ISAT, Group discusses Curie

Tax swap proposal is back on table, income-tax hike would fund schools Tribune
House lawmakers resurrected a plan Thursday to raise the state income tax to funnel billions of dollars into public schools and cut property taxes, offering a competing plan to Gov. Rod Blagojevich's tax hike plan.

Need a student loan? State might help those who stay Sun Times
Illinois college students could save thousands of dollars in student loan costs under a program being proposed today by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

Schools can cut ties with township legislation is step toward abolishing Cicero office Tribune
The Illinois General Assembly has approved legislation allowing Berwyn and Cicero to opt out of the office of Cicero Township Trustees of Schools.

School scores ISAT success Aurora elementary credits improvement to hard work, focus Tribune
One predominantly Latino Aurora elementary school was clearly disappointed last year when only about half of its pupils received passing grades on the 2005 Illinois Standards Achievement Test.
But officials at Lincoln Elementary rallied, introducing a range of new programs the next academic year.

Group Meets To Discuss Curie H.S. LSC Southwest News Herald
Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE) held a press conference Tuesday at Gage Park High School to discuss LSCs and Curie High School LSC members allegedly being harassed over the phone by Chicago Public Schools investigators.

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