A new West Side charter school is drumming up business by offering free chicken dinners, water park trips and backpacks to parents who refer kids to its kindergarten and first grade, CBS2 reports.
Moving Everest Charter School says the perks it posted on Facebook and twitter are to “raise awareness” about its academic program — not bribes to help them win the approximately $3,000 they receive from Chicago Public Schools for each enrolled student.
But CBS 2′s Dorothy Tucker spoke to some parents who aren’t happy about the marketing plan. And CPS gave the scheme a lukewarm response, she reported:
Scandal-prone Ald. Gardiner mum about reelection bid against rival who feels ‘great about going into the runoff’
Ald. Jim Gardiner did not respond to the Sun-Times’ requests for an interview about his runoff campaign. Challenger Megan Mathias said many residents complained to her about Gardiner’s inaccessibility but hesitated to donate to her campaign because they “feared retaliation.”
City’s top politicians on board to honor legendary Cubs announcer
The center, backed by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan, will research inflammation’s role in human diseases. Its funding includes $25 million in a capital grant from the state.
The show that opened Thursday in New York is a hyped-up, over-caffeinated fractured fairy tale that loses its way in the forest and wastes some of the nicest melodies Andrew Lloyd Webber has written in decades.
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