Wednesday AM News: Holiday Breaks, Blogging, Teacher Pay

Give thanks: Some schools taking entire Nov. week off Sun Times
Elgin Area School District U46 students could find themselves with a week off for Thanksgiving, following a handful of other districts in expanding the holiday recess.

Blogging clicks with educators Tribune
Mundelein High School social worker Julie Wheeler wanted to reach students and parents in a non-threatening way, so she took a lesson from the kids and started her own blog

School District Courts Teachers on Incentive Pay WBEZ
Chicago Public Schools is embracing a new program that would give teachers a career ladder and offer bonuses for improved student performance.

**UPDATE**

Fight with school guards gets 8 pupils arrested Tribune
Eight pupils at an elementary school on Chicago's South Side were arrested Tuesday morning after fighting with security officers who were manning a metal detector that had been set off by one of the youngsters, authorities said.

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