Comings and goings

MOVING IN/ON Richard Laine, formerly executive director of the Chicago-based Coalition of Educational Rights and finance analyst for the Chicago Panel on School Policy, has been named director of education policy and initiatives by the Illinois Business Roundtable. For the past four years, Laine was associate state superintendent of education. … Laurel Spitzbarth, coordinator in the Department of Information and Technological Services, retired after 38 years with the Chicago Public Schools. … Patricia Harvey, former chief accountability officer for CPS, is a finalist for superintendent of St. Paul (Minn.) Public Schools, which enrolls some 50,000 students. Harvey currently is director of urban education and a senior fellow at the National Center on Education and the Economy in Washington, D.C.

Extracurricular policy off to a slow start

Under a policy the board approved in December, students face, for the first time, grade and course-load requirements for participation in after-school activities, and athletes face higher academic requirements for staying on the team.

“The biggest deal is for the teachers who have to do the evaluations,” says Trent Eaton, sponsor of Bogan High School’s computer club. “It is another piece of paperwork.” Eaton already has checked with Bogan’s dean of students to get club members’ course schedules and has asked their teachers to provide him with regular updates on the students’ grades.