AM News: Violence Down, Kids Fatten Up

See previous AM News post below for budget updates.

Chicago Public Schools May Create Violence Hotline ChicagoTalks
With three months remaining in the school year, there
have been 118 shootings involving Chicago Public School students. The
numbers, down from last year, have prompted Rep. Monique Davis
(D-Chicago) to introduce an anonymous Violence Prevention Hotline.

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Chicago kids slimmer when young, fatten by 6th grade
Sun Times
Fewer Chicago kids entering kindergarten and first
grade were obese in 2008 vs. five years earlier. But children in Chicago
are still more likely to be fatter than kids nationwide and, by sixth
grade, more than one in four kids here is obese.

Student to return to Joliet school after frustration
with Fenger
Tribune
He registered at
Fenger at the beginning of February, but then spent more than a month
trying to get the Chicago school district to provide him with the bus
service mandated in his special-education plan. District officials
began investigating the matter late last week after they were contacted
by the Tribune.

'Districtwide failure' in bus driver
DUI case
Tribune
Suspicions that a Mount Prospect school bus
driver had been drinking
on the job were brought to the attention of her supervisor the day
before the driver was arrested last week, the school board president
said he learned Monday.

4 local teens earn trip S. Africa to perform Diski
Sun Times
It's called the Diski -- sort of an African Macarena
dedicated to the soccer ball. Confused? Four South Side teens aren't.
They're so good at the Diski, they're about to travel halfway around the
world to dance in South Africa.

Full-time School for Only Half the Kids
at St. Charles

WBEZ
Today, half of the high school-aged kids
locked up at the St. Charles youth prison west of Chicago are not
getting full-time classes because there aren't enough teachers.

Chicago Hales Franciscan beats Breese 80-70
Defender
Photo caption:
Chicago Hales' Dominique Walls (21) leaps to block a long pass by Breese
Central's Brandon Book (50) during the first half of the Class 2A
third-place boys basketball game on Saturday, March 13, 2010, in Peoria,
Ill.

Harvey mayor defended by sister at school board meeting Tribune
Of the
school board members who voted for Kellogg, one is his sister, one is
his cousin and two are on the city payroll, working under Kellogg,
records show.

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  • more about the extension of the LSC election registration deadline and a meeting to organize for more candidates, from TSJ:

    Dear Local School Council Supporter,
    As you probably know, the 25 organizations listed below pressed CEO Huberman to extend the LSC Candidate deadline, and it was extended until March 24.

    Tomorrow (Tuesday) at 2 p.m. at the Parent Resource Center, 527 East 35th Street, there will be a strategy session for anyone who wants to help with further candidate recruitment, whether you want to focus on an entire community or one school. Please Come Tomorrow or Send a Representative.

    The good news is that we already have 5,932 candidates, with a few schools still to report. If we work hard, we can reach 7,000 or more candidates. Attached is a school-by-school list of the number of candidates registered so far.

    Only 18 schools (3%) don't have enough candidates right now to form a quorum, and therefore to fill any vacancies on their LSC. And we can reduce that number to zero in the next nine days.

    Just as important, we can recruit enough candidates to guarantee competitive elections in a large percentage of schools.

    This is a chance to put a halt to the campaign to discredit LSCs by saying that people just aren't interested in them anymore!

    Help hard-working LSCs and other committed educator, parents, and community activists committed to improving Chicago's schools gain the respect that they deserve.

    See you tomorrow,

    Don Moore

    Valencia Rias

    Groups That Supported Extending the LSC Candidate Deadline

    Alianza
    Black Star Project
    Blocks Together
    Chicago Parents Union
    Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE)
    Chicago Principals and Administrators Association
    Chicago Teachers Union
    Designs for Change
    Grand Boulevard Federation
    Kenwood Oakland Community Organization
    Lakeview Action Coalition
    Latino Organization of the Southwest
    Men and Women In Prison Ministry
    North Lawndale Local School Council Federation
    North West Austin Council
    Parents United for Responsible Education
    Small Schools Network
    South Shore Alumni Multi-Year Task Force
    South Side Branch NAACP
    South Side United Local School Council Federation
    Teachers for Social Justice
    Umoja
    War Corp
    West Side Branch NAACP
    100 Men Plus

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