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Christmas Eve Education News Roundup

Caroline Goulding

Chicago students treated to performance on rare violin Tribune

Caroline Goulding, 17, a violin prodigy from Cleveland, plays an $18
million instrument this month for students at Ogden International
School.

Oak Forest School in the Running for $100,000

If Arbor Park maintains their momentum and finishes in
one of the top 10 spots, the school will win $100,000 to use any way
they choose.

Plainfield investigates high school 'sexting' case Tribune

The
picture quickly went viral on campus, and a Plainfield East High School
official contacted authorities last week, prompting what police are
calling their largest-ever sexting investigation. In one sign of how
quickly the photo spread, some of the original senders told police they
had received it from other people last week, according to court
documents.

Parents slam plan to close special ed school Sun Times 12/18

In
the north suburbs, a plan to shift all special education students into
regular elementary school classes and no longer have a school dedicated
solely to profoundly disabled kids has angered the parents of some of
those kids.

Elgin H.S. teacher honored as hero Sun Times

In
2008, Elgin High School math teacher Mike Gannon rescued a colleague
who was being stabbed by a student in a classroom attack.

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  • Sun-Times says: Since the "inclusion" movement began in the early 1990s, similar efforts nationwide have met with great success -- and dismal failure. In Chicago, the school system closed Spaulding School -- its only school exclusively serving disabled kids -- in 2004.

    What followed was a raft of complaints -- and lawsuits -- over parents' concerns that alternatives were failing to meet children's needs. Generally, those have been resolved with the schools providing additional services for those kids. (more at the link)

    -- I laugh.

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