AM News: Magnet Admissions Scramble Year Two

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Chicago parents scramble with new rules for best schools
Last year, the guidelines were rewritten to take an applicant’s race out
of the equation and replace it with socioeconomic factors from the
applicant’s neighborhood. This year, further changes to increase
diversity were approved at a board meeting just a month before the Dec.
17 application deadline for the 2011-12 school yearEast Garfield Park teacher ‘really humbled’ by national award
Tribune:  Dexter Chaney began his morning as usual. After a breakfast
of toast and fruit, he headed to work at the city’s Ryerson Elementary
School, where he planned to jump-start his third-grade students after
the holiday break. Part of the morning, he found…
New Chicago Public Schools CEO reports to work
WBEZ:  Civic leader Terry Mazany begins what he hopes will be a brief
tenure as CEO of the nation’s third-largest school district on
Tuesday. The new Chicago Public Schools chief is expected to receive
briefings from various department heads this week. That’s in addition
to a transition report from outgoing CEO Ron Huberman…
Evanston board of education evaluates plan to alter high school honors programs WBEZ: To
tackle that quagmire, the board hired Eric Witherspoon in 2006 as the
high school’s superintendent and gave him the mandate to come up with a
plan to address racial equity at Evanston Township High School.
Witherspoon is now proposing to merge some freshman honors classes with
regular classes. He believes teachers will be able to handle classrooms
with students coming from different learning tracks.

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