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In the News: Charter grooms future lawyers
Founders of a new Chicago charter school hope to increase diversity in the legal profession. The formula at Legal Prep Charter Academies in the city's West Garfield Park neighborhood includes a principal with a law degree, field trips to law firms and a biology class is inspired by the science of crime scene investigations. (WBEZ)
Once aimed at helping struggling readers, English language learners and disabled students, graphic novels are moving into honors and college-level Advanced Placement classrooms and attracting students at all levels. (Tribune)
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Mean girls and bullies may sit at the top of the classroom pecking order in Hollywood, but a new study suggests in real life, kindness is linked to popularity among middle schoolers. (Education Week)
A Los Angeles-area nonprofit that provides education services to low-income families and poverty-stricken communities received a $30-million grant from the U.S. Department of Education on Friday. The Youth Policy Institute is one of seven agencies in the nation to be awarded a Promise Neighborhood grant, implemented in 2010 by President Obama, and will receive $6 million every year for five years. (Los Angeles Times)