States praise reading law despite troubles, GAO finds Tribune
Despite irregularities in the management of Reading First, President Bush's initiative to teach reading to low-income children, a majority of states credits the program with improving reading instruction, says a report by the Government Accountability Office.
Top schools get freer hand Tribune
Zapata Principal Ruth Garcia won the carrot. She skips her boss' mandatory meetings, customizes her teacher training and buys new books as soon as she needs them.
23 vie for free ride at tiny Shimer College Sun Times
David Brault and his mom drove through the night from Maryland, arriving on the South Side on Saturday in hopes of winning the academic equivalent of the lottery.
Brain drain Sun Times
The phrase is so catchy it could be a campaign slogan: Stop Brain Drain. For years, politicians and educators have worried about a phenomenon that occurs here more than in any other state but New Jersey: students leaving Illinois to go to college.
Over a hundred and forty Chicago elementary schools did well enough to come off probation this year. District officials say they now plan to toughen the standards schools must meet to stay off the list.
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