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Best Of The Week (March 26 - April 1)

(The Week Before) Spring Break (27 comments so far)
What are you going to do during the break (which lasts until the 9th of April and is just a week before the end of the marking period)?

One Conversion, One Closure
The Board announced that it was converting one
school (like with Sherman) and closing another, as in the past.
LeMoyne is the closing, Harvard is the  turnaround.  Both need to be
approved.

Cloning Bill Fails, Funding Bills Compete
HB466, the bill to ban "cloning" of charter schools, has just failed. Meanwhile, Catalyst has a new story up about how there are some new wrinkles in the school funding debate.

Journalists' Roundtable: The Month In Review (13 comments so far)
Borrowing liberally from WBEZ's "Month In Review" format, here's a journalists' roundtable in audio form featuring Stephanie Banchero from the Tribune, Jay Field from WBEZ, and Veronica Anderson from Catalyst Magazine.  Check it out.

PURE Blogging (47 comments so far)
Pure_bar"Welcome to PURE's new blog, PURE Thoughts!"   

Cloning Bill Fails, Funding Bills Compete (41 comments so far)
I'm told that HB466, the bill to ban "cloning" of charter schools, has just failed, and that you can check out how folks voted. Meanwhile, Catalyst has a new story up about how there are some new wrinkles in the school funding debate:

Who Talked At The Board Meeting (14 comments so far)
Here's the public participation list from yesterday's Board meeting, thanks to the good folks at the CPS communications department and the Board secretary's office.

New Schools Like Frazier Send Out Acceptances (5 comments so far)
Apparently some new school acceptance letters are starting to arrive, and may be creating some confusion.

Is The May 1 AYP Enrollment Cutoff Date Justifiable? (4 comments so far)
There's a short WBEZ segment on ISBE's AYP-avoiding date change (Educators Defend New Testing Policy) that includes CPS's Xavier Botana (formerly of ISBE) saying -- seriously -- that schools won't ignore kids just because their scores aren't going to be part of AYP.

Breaking News:

*Educators Defend New Testing Policy WBEZ
*Pressure on school councils hit translators, training sought for members Tribune
*CPS expects to cut 270 teachers Sun Times
*College Board toughens rules for AP, audit aims to stop course proliferation Tribune

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