Today's news includes a report on religious leaders speaking out on turnarounds -- pretty interesting stuff, voucher rumblings from Springfield, and more about low graduation or transfer rates from community colleges.
Chicago religious leaders speak up on failing schools WBEZ: “We support equal access to a quality education for our children. If a school has to be closed to deal with that-- unfortunately we have to do what we have to do," Turner said.
School choice makes national waves Statehouse News: “I’m a strong supporter of public education where public education is a supporter of its taxpayers. When I see that there is a struggle in meeting the needs of communities, then we have to look at other options,” said state Rep. LaShawn Ford, D-Chicago, who has sponsored one of the voucher bills.
Target, CPS officials tout Children's Literacy Initiative Catalyst: Officials from Target and CPS highlighted the Children’s Literacy Initiative program at a Wednesday morning event at Cardenas Elementary.
After 120 years, Jane Addams’ Hull House Association to close Sun Times: Jane Addams Hull House Association, at 1030 W. Van Buren, provides a variety of assistance to 60,000 people a year in the Chicago area.
Math causing dropouts for community colleges WBEZ: About 41 percent of students - less than half - leave community college with a meaningful career certificate or degree within three years of enrolling, the report found.
Free Legal Advice From Chicago Law and Education Foundation CNC: Dennis Kass, a history teacher in Little Village who has a law degree, helped start a foundation that offers students and parents free legal advice.