Wednesday AM News: V-word, AP tests, Inspiration, Neediest kids, School gains are legit

Girls suspended for V-word Tribune
CROSS RIVER, N.Y. -- A public high school has suspended three students who disobeyed officials by saying the word "vagina" during a reading from a well-known play.

AP test whiz perfect for 13 Tribune
New Jersey high school senior Allen Lin racks up top score of 5 on all 13 Advanced Placement tests he has taken, a 1 in 9.2 billion feat

An inspiration to step up Tribune
When the Catalyst Charter School opened in the fall, administrators didn't turn to football, basketball or even chess to develop discipline, teamwork and confidence in their pupils. Instead, they took inspiration from the streets and created what no other school in Chicago has: a footworkin' team.

Teacher helped neediest kids  Sun Times
Bernadette Harris took up the task of teaching country-western line dancing to senior citizens at the South Shore Cultural Center despite some doubts that it would catch on there.

School gains are legit, Daley says Sun Times
Mayor Daley Tuesday chided those who questioned whether changes to the state's achievement tests contributed to new historic gains, insisting that in Chicago, "The progress is real.''

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