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LSC Teacher Representative Mario Nunez presents findings from PPLC block scheduling surveys at the January LSC meeting. (Alex Burstein for The Champion)

At the January LSC meeting, the results from recent PPLC staff and student surveys regarding block scheduling were announced, with mixed reactions shown from both groups. The PPLC now plans to send out another staff survey to determine next steps. Also discussed at the meeting was the mercury situation, upcoming community surveys and more. Editor-in-Chief Alex Burstein has more on all that was discussed and resolved at the meeting.


Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during the Mayoral Candidate Forum held at Lane on Jan. 15, beside candidates Sophia King, left, and Kam Buckner and Ja’mal Green, right. (Ruby Thompson for The Champion)

A recent Champion poll showed that the biggest concern on student respondents’ minds was mental health. Lane, like most CPS schools, lags far behind national recommendations on mental health hirings. Now, mental health has taken center stage as one of the top issues in the 2023 mayoral campaign. Managing Editor Ruby Thompson has more on the state of mental health services at Lane and at the city-wide level.

Arts and Entertainment

20th Century Studios

"The storytelling and plot of “Avatar: The Way of Water” wasn’t anything special and some parts were even recycled from the first movie. But the graphics and special effects were outstanding, and despite the three-hour and 12-minute long runtime, I was left on the edge of my seat the entire movie,” A&E Editor Nina Figurelli writes in her review of the newest addition to the “Avatar” franchise.

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