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In the News: Black male graduation rates; free summer lunches
A report released today reveals a 36 percent gap in the high school graduation rates between black and white males in Illinois. In Chicago public schools, the black male high school graduation rate is only 44 percent.
A report released today reveals a 36 percent gap in the high school graduation rates between black and white males in Illinois. In Chicago public schools, the black male high school graduation rate is only 44 percent. Nationwide, only 47 percent of black males graduate from high school on time, according to the report, "Yes We Can," from the Cambridge-Mass.,-based Schott Foundation for Public Education. (press release)
In the state
Every student at Wood Oaks Junior High School in Northbrook School District 27 will receive a new netbook computer, a small laptop that will allow students and teachers to work through their lessons electronically. (Trib Local)
Rather than making personnel or service cuts, Community Consolidated School District 59 approves a 2010-11 budget that uses part of its reserve funds. (Trib Local)
Elgin Area School District U-46 projects a $2.1 million dollar surplus for the 2011 fiscal year. The school district laid off 1,037 employees in March. All but 407 of those employees have been reinstated. (Daily Herald)
Des Plaines Elementary District 62 officials are hopeful classes will begin at Algonquin Middle School on Aug. 23, despite construction delays from a three-week laborer's strike, officials said. (Daily Herald)
In the nation
Food services directors across the country credit the ailing economy with driving participation in free lunches this summer either up or down, depending on how programs are implemented. The U.S. Department of Agriculture hasn’t yet reported data for participation this year in free or reduced-price summer meals programs, but the recession affected participation in nutrition programs funded by the Department of Agriculture last summer, according to an analysis of federal data by the Food Research and Action Center, a Washington-based nonprofit organization. (Education Week)
A long-troubled Long Island school district is on the road to recovery as one of its middle schools is removed from New York state's lowest-performing schools list and the school board is being returned to local control. (The New York Times)
Changes are in store this fall for five Northwest Indiana high schools and one elementary school that are entering their fifth year of academic probation under the state's Public Law 221, an accountability measure. (Post-Tribune)