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In the News: Girl who performed at inauguration killed
A trip to a park ended in tragedy when a 15-year-old King College Prep sophomore was fatally shot in the back about a week after she performed at President Barack Obama’s inauguration with the King College Prep Band.
CHARTER CHEERLEADERS: About 1,500 school choice supporters rallied Tuesday night in Union Station's Great Hall, dancing and cheering in support of increased charter school funding and school vouchers. (Catalyst)
CHOICE AND CHARTERS: The Tribune says thousands of parents, students and teachers gathered Tuesday in Union Station's Great Hall wearing yellow scarves and T-shirts to rally for school choice and equal funding for charter schools.
ROWDY SUPPORTERS: A public hearing at Truman College Monday evening to gather input on CPS' plan to close certain schools got rowdy, according to ABC News. More than 200 people crammed into the gym at Truman chanting in support of keeping their schools open.
UNHEARD AT HEARING: Chanting "Save our schools" and "No school closings," several hundred parents, teachers and community members refused to let Chicago Public Schools officials speak during a public hearing on school closings Monday night in Uptown. (DNAInfo.com)
IN THE STATE
HONOR ROLL: The State Board of Education named 26 Northwest suburban elementary schools to the Illinois Honor Roll on Monday — half of them from one district alone. (Daily Herald)
IN THE NATION
BACK OFF: After four years in office, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan still hasn't won over local school board members. (Education Week)
GATES ON GRANTS: Pell Grants and other non-loan federal student aid should be replaced with a single federal-state matching grant, according to a report from the Committee for Economic Development. The report, commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, also proposes eliminating federal tax credits for higher education, and suggests streamlining the process of applying for student aid and repaying loans. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)