Wednesday's Papers

In today's news, it's amazing -- but not surprising -- to me that Lane Tech gets its stadium repair with relative ease, while other folks like Brooks can't get capital construction and repair done.

Plus, more on the deseg settlement, the budget downstate, and girls vs. boys in Chicago prep school admissions.

In city's prep schools, girls rule Sun Times
Girls are soundly
beating boys this year when it comes to winning admission to Chicago's
prized college prep high schools. The disparity between accepted girls
and boys is so high -- almost 70 percent girls to 30 percent boys at
one school -- some say it's time to consider giving boys a break at the
city's eight selective-enrollment high schools.

Spirit of desegregation order to continue, Duncan says CPS Press Release (PDF)
The proposed agreement, filed Monday in U.S. District Court, essentially ends the court case on June 30, 2007, acknowledging that CPS has undertaken significant
efforts to comply with the desegregation plan, including creating and
submitting numerous and costly reports required under a modified
consent decree.

CPS CEO Pleased With Desegregation Agreement CBS2
Chicago Public Schools' CEO Arne Duncan said Tuesday he "was very
pleased'' about an agreement that would put an end to 25 years of court
oversight of desegregation of the city's schools.

Schools score in 'dream' budget State School News (subscription required for this article)
As it stands now, public schools would get a $420.6 million increase in the FY 2007 state budget

Lane Tech stadium repairs OKd in deal Sun Times
A plan to repair Lane Tech's crumbling football stadium and field is moving ahead after a parents group and Chicago Public Schools officials reached an agreement earlier this week.

Area students named Merit ScholarsSun Times
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced this year's winners of the National Merit Scholarship.

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