AM: There Is No Education News?

Not that I can find, anyway. City offers unique program for gang-affected youth Columbia Chroncle: The city is putting a new philosophy into action with high school youth affected by gang violence... City Watchdog Unveils Sweeping Budget Plan WBEZ: As Chicago's City Council enters its final week of budget hearings, the city's corruption watchdog is laying out dozens of cost-cutting measures he says could help close the historic municipal deficit - from firing firefighters to privatizing garbage pick-up to popping a program that provides free inflatable playgrounds at kids' events... Students Aim for Success With a New View of Vocational School CNC: Buzzing with excitement, 72 11th graders sat in the auditorium of Austin Polytechnical Academy recently, waiting to board buses that would take them to the International Manufacturing Technology Show at McCormick Place, the largest show of its kind in the United States... Advocates Meet with Illinois Officials to Address Concerns with IQ Testing at VR Services ChicagoTalks: People with disabilities met on Thursday with Michelle Saddler, Gov. Quinn's chief of staff, and Rob Kilbury, the associate director of the Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS), in an attempt to eliminate IQ testing issued by Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services.

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  • good point -- share a link or tell us more. meantime, here's something from jim broadway about the campaign:

    Legislative control is up for sale. The Mussman-Higgins contest is one of about 20 races for seats in the General Assembly in which spending has approached or exceeded $1 million, per an analysis reported last week by the Campaign for Political Reform.

    CPR calculated that 63% of the total money raised so far in those elections originated in the campaign funds controlled by the caucus leaders

  • something new from chicago reporter about how much CPS is owed -- and how much of it is for SPED:

    http://www.chicagoreporter.com/index.php/c/Spin%20Offs/d/State_owes_$358_million_to_CPS">State owes $358 million to CPS.

    Among all schools and education vendors, Chicago Public Schools is owed the most money from the state, with 80 percent of those funds intended for students with special needs, according to a Chicago Reporter analysis of school board data.

  • even more about spending gaps from the state from stateline, if you're wondering what's going on with state revenues not getting to locals:

    http://stateline.org/live/details/story?contentId=521562

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