AM News: Report Card, Graduation, Salad Bar

IL_CT (5)CPS to use parent 'report cards' to help evaluate schools Sun Times: A mock-up shows that the system is aiming for easy-to-read charts that would cover graduation and attendance rates, school safety and the percentage of students working at grade level in reading and math, among other indicators...  Thousands of volunteers spruce up Chicago public schools WGN: Summer vacation for CPS opens a window of opportunity to get the schools back in shape for the fall... Young Musicians In Impoverished Neighborhood Fight To Keep Arts Program Alive Sun-Times: Here, a music program is not just a music program. For many students, it is a way out of the neighborhood, to a better high school and, in some cases, a better life... Emanuel praises drop-outs who came back to graduate at Collins Sun Times:  Mayor Emanuel focused on two high-school dropouts during his keynote address Saturday to the graduating class of Collins Academy High School.Also Saturday, Emanuel attended the first graduation ceremony ever for the four-year-old Marine Math and Science Academy... Success stories at two Chicago high schools ABC7: The new Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Public Schools Jean-Claude Brizard discussed the challenges ahead for CPS during his interview on ABC7's "Newsviews:" ... Unhealthy lunches? Some schools bet on salad bars WBEZ:  As parents, policy makers and educators in Chicago debate such issues as improving teacher quality and lengthening public school days, another battle has been brewing over what's on students' cafeteria plates.

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