Tuesday Morning News Roundup

Governor offers no-interest loans to schools worried over budgets
As Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the General Assembly wrangle over a state
budget that's nearly six weeks overdue, public schools across the state
have more than just the usual August headaches of registration,
transfers and finding classrooms and teachers.

Schools budget 3% hike for teachers Sun Times
Contract talks between teachers and the Chicago Public Schools are
usually shrouded in secrecy. But in a rare move Monday, schools CEO
Arne Duncan said he has worked an "estimated" 3 percent raise for
teachers into his proposed 2007-2008 budget, which includes a property
tax hike.

City schools propose a budget that guesstimates state funding Tribune
Chicago Public Schools officials on Monday proposed a $5.8 billion
budget for 2008, based more on an educated guess than hard numbers,
officials said.

Chicago early childhood effort praised for its lasting impact Tribune
A group of low-income preschoolers who attended a comprehensive early
childhood program run by the Chicago public school system in the 1980s
fared better educationally and economically than a comparison group all
the way into young adulthood, according to a new report in the August
issue of a leading pediatric health journal.

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