The heat dominates the news, though there's lots of other stuff going on of interest including a Tribune story about whether parents are staying in the city and choosing private schools because they want to or because they can't afford to leave:
Schools prepare for record heat wave Tribune: Chicago Public Schools officials are distributing 1,500 fans to schools throughout the system as the city tackles a record-breaking heat wave this week.
Chicago residents urged to use cooling centers Ct Post: Cities are opening cooling centers, park districts are offering discounts on pool passes and Chicago Public Schools officials are distributing fans to summer-school classrooms that lack air conditioning. Residents are encouraged to check on neighbors.
More families sticking with city and private schools on North and Northwest sides Tribune: Whether lured by burgeoning efforts to improve urban education or locked into a home they cannot sell, the tide of middle-class city residents moving to the suburbs as their children reach kindergarten may be slowing, enrollment records and demographic data suggest.
Educator severances cost millions WBEZ: The newspaper reviewed more than 100 superintendent contracts, financial records and severance agreements over the last ten.
State schools chief says budget cuts hurt reform Tribune: Budget cuts mean education officials in Illinois won't be able to properly implement a new education law that has won praise nationwide.
Budget Cuts Damage Ability to Implement Reforms, Illinois Chief Says EdWeek: The state's new $32.9 billion budget, which is $2 billion less than a previous one, has cut out many programs and made it difficult to implement the reforms, said state Schools Superintendent Christopher Koch.
State schools chief says budget cuts hurt reform WBEZ: Illinois' education chief says the state hasn't provided enough money to institute a new education reform law that's been praised nationwide.
Deputy Mayor to Labor: A “New Sheriff” in Town CNC: Labor leaders have promised to come up with a plan to save the city money. Ramirez said they are still working on their proposals.
The State of America’s Children Defender: The Children’s Defense Fund has just released a new report, The State of America’s Children® 2011, which paints a disturbing portrait of child needs across our country.