Thursday AM News: Closings, Testing, Expulsions, & More

4 elementary schools to be shut Sun-Times

Over the near-tears of parents and the objections of an alderman,
Chicago School Board members Wednesday unanimously approved closing
four elementary schools and the phaseout of Collins High.

State may ease test norms Tribune

As
Illinois ramps up state testing to record levels early next month, with
nearly 1 million grade school students set to take tests, education
officials are looking at changing state rules to help more children
pass.

Finding a place in the Chicago Public Schools Chicago Public Radio
What happens to students in the Chicago Public Schools who drop
out or are expelled? Chicago Public Radios Jay Field reports that too
often troubled kids arent connected with alternative options for
continuing their education.

Judge blasts juvenile detention center Chicago Journal
Visibly
frustrated, a federal judge on Feb. 15 ordered attorneys to continue
negotiating reforms at the troubled Cook County Juvenile Detention
Center on the Near West Side.

Bridging the language gap Tribune
As
a new Mexican immigrant, Bertha Garcia was as nervous as her two
children before she enrolled them at Elgin's Highland Elementary School.

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