Thursday Morning News, Part 1

Union conducting survey on layoffs that could affect schools Catalyst

The
CTU has verified some limited information, including that 18 special
education teachers and 25 special education coaches were among those
recently laid off. They also have confirmed that 40 federally-funded
employees who work with special-needs children lost their jobs.

Acquitted teacher sues Schaumburg police for investigation Daily Herald

Patrick
McCarthy, a former special education teacher at Robert Frost Junior
High School, was charged in 2007 with battery and unlawful restraint
against three autistic children in his class.

Audit: State to recover little in school grant case Tribune

An
audit released today said the state likely will "recover very little"
of a $1 million grant that then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration
wrongly gave to a politically connected private school that was damaged
in a 2006 church fire.

Colleges won't accept some kids' ACT tests Sun Times

The
changes follow orders from federal officials last year that kids who
were still learning English had to take the state test in English. The
state pieced together some accommodations last year for English
language learners but expanded them further this year.

With second chance, graduates earn high-school diplomas CTDN

More
than 50 students graduated from El Cuarto Año High School yesterday.
The school helps former drop-outs and other students who did not attend
traditional high schools earn a diploma.

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