AM News: IL Not Out Of Reform Game Yet

image from webmedia.newseum.orgIllinois lost federal contest, but state still trying to spur reforms Tribune:  Illinois School Superintendent Christopher Koch, hopes to raise about $80 million in private support and grants in the next four years to support reforms that include student performance in teacher evaluations and prepare principals to work in schools plagued by poverty, state records show... State's home-school families facing registration process Sun Times: As many as 50,000 home-schooled children would have to be registered with the state for the first time under newly proposed legislation that is drawing fire from parents who teach their children themselves and from social conservatives... Snow days keep some students in school longer Tribune:  In Chicago Public Schools -- where snow canceled classes for the first time in 12 years -- students will make up their first snow day Friday, which was initially scheduled as a day off. At the end of the year, teachers are tentatively scheduled to return for two additional days in June -- the 20th and the 21st - with students attending one day, district spokeswoman Monique Bond said... MORE BELOW.

State antiviolence effort raises eyebrows on West Side Tribune:  Some community leaders on Chicago's West Side don't like the way Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's administration is doling out funds in a $31 million program to combat Chicago-area youth violence... Obama, Duncan to visit school in Baltimore Co. Baltimore Sun:  President Barack Obama will visit an eighth-grade science classroom at Parkville Middle School and Center of Technology in Baltimore County on Monday before making an announcement about investments in science and math education in his 2012 budget... Homework: Parents irked about quality, quantity Tribune:  From incomprehensible assignments, like dressing up as Mae West, to group-project headaches to a workload that robs time from family, almost every aspect of homework has been under scrutiny for decades. But an unprecedented outpouring of frustration in Wheaton's Community Unit School District 200 has opened a new window into the debate in local homes and schools... 

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  • Two South Shore High School students were shot on 75th & Constance Ave after school today. The shooting was gang related!

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