Monday AM News: Arts Center, Collar counties, Sherman, Chess tourney, School funding

Zoning approved for arts center at Juarez school Tribune
The City Council has approved new zoning for the Benito Juarez High School campus in Pilsen, setting the stage for the addition of a Performing Arts Center to the overcrowded school.

School plan gives boost to collar counties Tribune
Schools in Chicago's collar counties would be the biggest beneficiaries of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's plan to boost total per-child spending by more than $800 million next school year, records show.

At Sherman Progress Means More Than Test Scores WBEZ
Students at the new Sherman School of Excellence begin their final week of ISAT tests today. Most of them know their school has a dismal record on the state standards test .

At kids' chess tourney, chaos calls checkmate Tribune
In chess terminology, the drama swirling around the Chicago Public Schools chess programs could be called a pawn storm.

School funding Tribune (voice of the people)
As a major investor working to improve education in the Chicago area--investing more than $51 million over the last five years--the Chicago Community Trust is interested in advancing workable ideas on how to provide a quality education to all Illinois children.

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