Welcome back! School closing protests and a Catholic school enrollment increase dominate today's news (including some items from over the weekend). There's also a fascinating look at Juan Rangel's political ascent.
Protesters vow to ‘save’ school from take over by ‘politically connected’ operator Sun Times: More than 200 protestors used the tune of “We shall overcome some day” to instead sing “we shall save our schools today’’ as they marched around Marquette School at 6550 S. Richmond and through the surrounding neighborhood.PLUS: Teachers, parents rally against CPS turnaround schools ABC
Best enrollment news for city Catholic schools since 1965 Sun Times: Enrollment in Catholic schools in Chicago is up for the second straight year — the first time that’s happened since 1965, school officials said. PLUS: Local Catholic School Enrollment Up Fox
A Lifetime of Close Ties and Growing Clout CNC: Emanuel and Rangel had spoken for the first time only days earlier, yet Rangel soon would become a co-chairman of Emanuel’s successful bid for mayor.
Union chief: Emanuel should ask business donors to solve library problem Sun Times: “Library services are much more important to Chicago’s neighborhoods than bringing the G-8 to the city,” said Henry Bayer, executive director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 31.
A Teacher’s Extra-Credit Offer: Free Legal Advice CNC: Soon after Dennis Kass started teaching history at a small Little Village high school four years ago, he put his law degree to use dispensing free legal advice to students and their families after school.
Durbin asks federal agency to help reduce school lunch fraud risk Tribune: Responding to a Chicago Tribune story on fraud risks in the federal free lunch program, Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois today sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking what his department will do to “bolster eligibility...