Thursday AM News: Spelling bee, Cheating, Gay awareness, Budget, Teachers' residency

2 left standing in Chicagoland wars of words Tribune
Kiara Jones had one word to go.
"Facsimile," said the pronouncer.
Just one last word.
The Ray Elementary School 6th grader had already spelled her way through words such as lariat, recalcitrant and dahlia, making it to the final round of the Chicagoland Spelling Bee city finals Wednesday at downtown's Harold Washington Library.

Cheating a real problem in Club Penguin's virtual world Tribune

With all the qualms parents have about the Internet, from worrying about sexual predators to whether their kids spend too much time online, here's another one: It can teach them how to cheat.

Gay awareness panel roils school Tribune
Some parents have accused Deerfield High School of promoting a homosexual agenda by allowing gay students to speak before freshman classes about their personal experiences, cite research and invite questions.

Blagojevich offers big plans backed by big tax hikes Sun Times
Illinois would see the largest tax increase in its history under Gov. Rod Blagojevich's plan to provide health care for the uninsured and ramp up state support for education.

Teachers' residency near its end? Sun Times
The Chicago Teachers Union scored a major victory Wednesday in its two-decade fight to dump a requirement that Chicago teachers live in the city.

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  • Yes, the residency rule has no purpose anymore. The city is doing pretty darned well at attracting middle class and above citizens. I see no reason to force teachers to live in it, though I still think police and firefighters should, because their jobs are more about safety and having them able to quickly respond in emergency situations is important.

  • March 20, 2007 at 03:04pm,

    Good gods! Surely you're not serious? Of course the mayor is more important to the legislators. In most districts, the parties are well entrenched such that this district is a Dem one and this one is a GOP one. It is considered rude to challenge an incumbent in a primary so once they are in, they really have little to fear from voters.

    It could be the mayor doesn't care that much about this issue. Middle class (and above) citizens aren't really in a shortage in Chicago and it's a bargaining chip he can use for something else dear to his heart.

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