New From Catalyst

Catalyst has three online updates that are just out:

Avoiding special ed


is taking part in a pilot program for a new process called Response to

Intervention [RTI], which aims to help struggling students and make sure

special education referrals are accurate and timely.

Not that many freshmen signed up for Freshman Connections, according to this new story (Connecting the dots for freshmen ) -- and even fewer are showing up for the program, run by former foundation guy Greg Darnieder. See also: Sidebar: Up close at Bowen

Advocates: ‘Let the people elect school board’


petition drive is in the works to get a referendum on the November

ballot calling for Chicagoans to elect the school board. Supporters say

the appointed board is accountable only to the mayor and ignores public


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