Thursday's News

In today's news, the local papers keep us up to date on their favorite stories -- school violence (Sun Times) and textbooks (Tribune), the Baltimore Sun reports that Robert Schiller is a finalist for the Ann Arundel County job, and Small Talk's Mike Klonsky remembers the first Gates grants to Chicago. 

Turnaround on textbooks Tribune

lawmakers and education officials said they want to free up more money
for textbooks, restrict schools' ability to mark up book prices and
develop a better state monitoring system after a Tribune investigation
revealed that outdated and decrepit textbooks are being used in public
schools across the state.

2 charged with beating honor student deny taking part in fight Sun Times
Two teenagers accused
of taking part in a vicious Kennedy High School beating told the
Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday they had nothing to do with the fight,
and one said he saw the victim throw the first punch.

Three finalists chosen for Arundel schools superintendent Baltimore Sun
From a field of 20 applicants, the school board selected Robert E.
Schiller, retired state schools superintendent of Illinois; Dana
Bedden, superintendent of William Penn District, Pa.; and Kevin
Maxwell, community superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools.
Each will spend a day in the county next week, meeting with selected
parents and community members and interviewing with the board.

More Gates $$$, but where's the 'Renaissance'? Small Talk
Is this deja vu all over again or
what? I think they just pulled out the old press release from 5 years
ago. Remember the press conference, when Mayor Daley cut the ribbon on
the Gates grant that funded (you remember now?) Mose Vine Prepatory
Academy at Orr (that was three principals ago), the "small schools at
Bowen (whatever happeded to that?) , and South Shore High (that's where
small became big again when hundreds of kids were dumped there in
mid-year). Remember, the teachers union was excluded and not even told
about the press conference?

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