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Five Chicago schools starting year-round classes Sun Times:  Starting
Monday, for the first time, five Chicago neighborhood high schools will
begin "year-round" classes -- a move some hail and others predict could
explode in "disaster."... TIF surplus Daley Chicago Tribune:   If Daley declares a surplus to free up
those TIF dollars, he'll have to share them with the local governments
that have been shortchanged by his ever-expanding TIF empire. He should
do it anyway... What communities are planning for Promise Neighborhoods Catalyst:  Profiles of what five communities are proposing (Englewood: Roseland, Chicago Lawn, I forget the rest)... Taser Use By Chicago Police Officers Increases Sharply Sun Times:  hicago
Police officers have nearly quadrupled their use of Tasers since the
department equipped every beat car with the electric-shock weapons
earlier this year, according to new figures released by the Independent
Police Review Authority...Bill Ayers To Retire
WBEZ:  Longtime University of Illinois at Chicago professor Bill Ayers is retiring.

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  • from CPS:

    OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    August 6, 2010

    CPS Officials Announce Cuts in Consulting Services Agreements

    Analysis and strategic targeting of external consulting services has allowed Chicago Public Schools to steadily and significantly reduce the amount of such spending compared with similar expenses in recent years, CPS officials announced today.

    At the end of the 2010 fiscal year, CPS had reduced consultant spending by more than $74 million from FY 2009, a savings of almost 30 percent. In FY 2010, the District had $170 million in committed consulting dollars compared with $244 million in fiscal

  • Textbook costs going up.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-met-textbook-cuts-20100808,0,3770246,full.story

    Schools won't be able to afford new textbooks anymore.

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