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In the News: Churches with city deals back mayor on longer day
This morning's Tribune is reporting on faith-based groups that show their community support for Mayor Rahm Emanuel's controversial plans to lengthen the school day and close failing schools while also receiving millions of dollars in grants from his administration.
Several Chicago-area high schools have dialed back the term paper's length requirements and instead emphasize the research process and weighing of sources, a critical skill in the digital era, teachers say, the Tribune's Tara Malone reports.
Just 28 term papers written by Illinois high school students have been published in The Concord Review since its inaugural issue in 1988.
The art of the term paper lives at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. (Tribune)
IN THE STATE
School Superintendent Les Huddle is leaving the Jacksonville School District at the end of the school year to take the top administrative job in Lafayette, Ind. (State Journal-Register)
Schaumburg-Palatine High School District 211 students will have to pay 10 cents more for a full-price standard lunch next school year. (Daily Herald)
IN THE NATION
An Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization has crafted a sweeping plan for reworking the 33,000-student Indianapolis school system that would place the district under the control of the city's mayor, pare down the money spent in central administration, and give principals broad authority to hire and fire teachers. (EducationWeek)
City controller says Philadephia School District must cut $400,000 per day between now and June 30 just to erase a projected deficit of at least $61 million as it wrestles with continuing problems in matching expenses to declining revenues. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
President Obama’s call for every state to require students to stay in school until they turn 18 is Washington’s first direct involvement in an issue that many states have found tough to address. (The New York Times)