Thursday AM News: Real Men, Organics, Special-ed

Actor aims to rouse CPS kids' ambitions Sun Times
Hill Harper, a star on TV's "CSI: NY" and a Harvard Law School grad, is all about image... On Saturday, the 39-year-old Iowa City native will address 600 Chicago public high schoolers at King College Prep in North Kenwood.

Outside the Lunchbox Newcity
A few weeks ago, while observing the cafeteria at the Louisa May Alcott School, a K-8 Chicago public school located at 2625 North Orchard, the lunchroom manager told me that on "pizza day" many kids who bring lunches from home end up buying the pizza instead... The Alcott cafeteria might as well have been a mall food court with pizza, chicken nuggets and quesadillas filling out the menu for the week.

Rules for special ed blocked Tribune
Lawmakers have blocked the state from putting new special-education policies into effect in schools, saying some of the guidelines pose "a serious threat to the interests of children with disabilities and special-education teachers."

UPDATE:  Most
students 'on track': census
Sun-Times
Despite the crisis status of education in many big city school systems that
spawned recent No Child Left Behind laws, a new U.S. Census report finds that
most American schoolchildren are academically "on track."

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  • Access Living would like to thank Alexander Russo for keeping CPS teachers both regular and special education informed about the proposed regulation changes that JCAR has now blocked. The district299.com web site played a very important role in informing parents, and staff about these changes. Ultimately it was not special education advocates like myself, Bev Johns, and others, or teachers unions that played the most important role in getting JCAR to block these rules, it was the letters and phone calls sent to members of JCAR and other members of the Illinois General Assembly that is causing this reconsideration of these rules.

    We now have before us still more work to create a better framework for educating students with disabilities in Chicagos schools and schools through out our state.

    Rod Estvan

    Access Living of Metro Chicago

  • It's great to see that Hunter Hill is coming to Chicago to help launch the new reading initiative.

    I hope that his visit draws attention, volunteers and donors to all of the volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in the city, and to the neighborhoods where there are no programs, but great need.

    In the Program Locator section of http://www.tutormentorconnection.org you can search by zip code to find contact information for existing programs. If those groups have web sites, they are listed in the Program Locator and in a Chicago Program Links section.

    This is an interactive site so if a program's information is not current, they can log in and update it, or you can email us and we'll update it. If a program is not listed they can add their listing.

    The goal is to make access to a diversity of volunteer tutors, mentors and learning activities available to more k-12 youth during the non-school hours, and in every high poverty neighborhood.

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