Hot tip: See the movie Station Agent as soon as possible. It's on DVD. A dwarf stars or co-stars with a grief-stricken 40-something soulful good looker and a 20-something handsome bloke with a hot dog stand. Dwarf lives in abandoned station, he and the good looker find relief from their troubles with help of the handsome bloke. How do you expose the sorrows of afflicted people without maudlin display? See this movie to find out. Beats Sun Also Rises (novel) or at least matches it.
In Sun-Times we find a good word for No Child Left Behind in story about on-line parental notification. (Child, we have your parents' email address, so don't try anything and shape up.)
No-Child has been "a key driver" of education software systems, says an analyst — the writer using a familiar barely-English term — emphasizing as it does data, reporting, and accountability. This barely-English slip aside, it's a very good story by Sandra Guy. (WHICH I COULD FIND ONLY BY USING GOOGLE, BY THE WAY, NOT THE VERY BAD, VERY CLUTTERED, SUN-TIMES SITE, FOR WHICH THE BUSINESS HEIRS OF CONRAD BLACK SHOULD ASK THEIR MONEY BACK.)
She got a good quote for closer from a Naperville schools staffer speaking in favor of new systems: "You spend more time weighing the hog [testing students] instead of feeding it [teaching them] if you don't have the technology."
(NEITHER COULD I FIND STAFF EMAIL ADDRESSES, SUCH AS ARE READILY FOUND ON CHI TRIB SITE.)
Later: I found them out. You search the writer, go to his or her bio page (a nice touch), and on the side is email link. For Sandra Guy, for instance, go here. There.