First Day Of School!

Today's news focuses on the first day of school, naturally -- how's it going? -- but there's lots of other news in there, too.

Chicago schools begin Tuesday under ‘Rahm Emanuel Generation’ Sun Times:  After 16 years under the watchful eye of former Mayor Daley, Chicago’s public school system begins a new school year Tuesday amid signs of promise as well as uncertainty.

Nearly 300,000 Chicago students head back to school WBEZ:  In just 10 months, a shiny metal-and-glass, super modern school has emerged from vacant industrial land on the Southwest Side.  It’s an UNO charter school, where Juan Rangel is CEO.

Free transit rides help shuttle CPS students back to school Sun Times: Thanks to a partnership between the schools, the Chicago Transit Authority and businesses, kids can ride free Tuesday on city buses and trains. Adults with them can ride free, too, between 5:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. that day.

Chicago students get free ride on first day of school The CTA is providing free rides for Chicago Public School students, and their parents, on the first day of school. The partnership between CPS, the CTA and several businesses was announced on Saturday.

Football in the inner city: Pritzker tries to tackle challenges Tribune:  Practice was about to begin on a recent afternoon at Beilfuss Playlot Park in Chicago when Noble Street Charter-Pritzker assistant football coach Mark Rychlik found a chunk of clear glass on the rugged surface.

CPS must help prevent next Derrion Albert tragedy Sun Times (editorial):  Ford said it just right, prompting this page to renew its call for the Chicago Public Schools to step into the void. If some kids aren't learning how to act right at home, the school system has no choice but to take on the job. ...

Language immersion program encourages participants to dive in headfirst Tribune:  She said Language Stars has about 110 teachers and serves more than 6000 students a week in the Chicago area, including in the Cicago Public Schools, and in Washington, DC I recently visited her Lincoln Park site and watched kids in various classrooms ...

ChicagoQuest promotes game-playing at school Sun Times: Games are good. Failure is fun. Those may not sound like the tenets of your typical school, but they are the backbone of an unconventional new one opening Tuesday on the northern edge of Cabrini-Green.

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