Wednesday AM News: More great ideas, Watchdogs, Organics, AP tests, Failures

Five more great ideas for the classroom Tribune
On Sunday, this series set out two key strategies that should guide spending on school reform in Illinois. Today we outline five more recommendations to improve student performance.

2 community watchdogs leaving school-reform fight Tribune
The chorus of community activists willing to criticize Mayor Richard Daley's school reform efforts has become a lot quieter because of the recent demise of two watchdog organizations.

Chef resolves to help kids eat better Wednesday Journal

It's always tempting to make a New Year's resolution about food-eat less, or eat healthier, or take time for breakfast before the daily dash out the door.

More black youths taking AP tests Sun Times
The sonnets of Petrarch? Spenser? Shakespeare? Bring it on, says Steinmetz High Advanced Placement student Teletha Watson.

As AP classes grow, test failure rate rises Tribune
A record number of Illinois students enrolled in rigorous Advanced Placement classes last school year, but the proportion of teens who passed the end-of-year exam continued its steady decline, according to data released Tuesday.

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