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An overhaul of the district’s career education programs seeks to make classes more challenging and put career-track students on the path to higher ed, but many schools have lost programs, and fewer students are participating overall.

In the News: Wednesday, April 7

Douglass Academy student shot and hospitalized on his way to school. (Tribune)

It happened seven months after school officials announced an ambitious plan to stem youth violence, which has claimed 24 public school students this school year...The program is active in 13 Chicago neighborhoods but has not yet been implemented in the Austin neighborhood, on the city's Far West Side.

[The] shooting illustrates to some what an enormous task it is to guarantee safe passage under any plan.

* Upgrade in nutritional guidelines for Chicago schools released today. (Sun-Times)

Improvements include requiring whole grains to be served daily at lunch, setting a goal to reduce sodium by 5 percent annually and taking doughnuts, Pop-Tarts and items with "dessert or candy-type" ingredients off the breakfast menu. In addition, dark green or orange vegetables would have to be served at least three times a week, and starchy vegetables would be limited to once a week.

* Chicago schools, parks and YMCAs launch Get Fit Chicago, a healthy eating and exercise program. (ABC7)

Douglass Academy student shot and hospitalized on his way to school. (Tribune)

It happened seven months after school officials announced an ambitious plan to stem youth violence, which has claimed 24 public school students this school year...The program is active in 13 Chicago neighborhoods but has not yet been implemented in the Austin neighborhood, on the city's Far West Side.

[The] shooting illustrates to some what an enormous task it is to guarantee safe passage under any plan.

* Upgrade in nutritional guidelines for Chicago schools released today. (Sun-Times)

Improvements include requiring whole grains to be served daily at lunch, setting a goal to reduce sodium by 5 percent annually and taking doughnuts, Pop-Tarts and items with "dessert or candy-type" ingredients off the breakfast menu. In addition, dark green or orange vegetables would have to be served at least three times a week, and starchy vegetables would be limited to once a week.

* Chicago schools, parks and YMCAs launch Get Fit Chicago, a healthy eating and exercise program. (ABC7)

 

In state news

* U46 frustrated by state officials who have moved slowly to switch the district’s home county, potentially netting Elgin schools millions in extra state aid. (Daily Herald)

* The State Journal-Register backs state Sen. James Meeks’ school voucher plan.

* GOP candidate for state treasurer won’t rule out tax hike for schools, but calls for more pension and Medicaid reforms first. (Register-Mail)

* Supt. Chris Koch’s weekly message: new meeting schedule and more support sought for Race to the Top bid.

 

In national news

* Final rules released for a $350 million Race to the Top grant designed to help states revamp student testing under common standards. (Ed Week)

According to the final regulations out today, a consortium, to be eligible for the awards, must be at least 15 states big. The department is expecting to give out one to two awards, at around $160 million each, according to the application materials.

* High-poverty districts score big in Tennessee’s R2T win. (Nashville Public Radio)

* Colorado will enter the second round of R2T, despite statements from a governor disgruntled by first round scoring. (Huffington)

* New York’s first round bid was sunk by confusion, chairs and charters. (NYT)

* Kentucky schools chief says charter schools are the only way to win a R2T grant. (Herald-Leader)

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