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Friday AM Clips: Angry Lawmakers, Enrollment Caps, Lower Requirements, & School Closing History

Davis and Hendon called police on community activists Sun Times via CPS
Thursday's
Stella's Column clarifies that it was lawmakers who called the police
on the North Lawndale Accountability Commission, not anyone else, when
the group accused the lawmakers of holding a secret meeting and jostled
members of the community.

Plan caps enrollment at 2 schools Sun-Times

In what some state lawmakers call a "highly unusual"
move, the Illinois House approved a plan Thursday that would cap the
enrollment of two Chicago public high schools.

Board lowers passing score on tough state math test Sun-Times
Assured they were not "dumbing down'' the state's eighth-grade math
test, state school board members Thursday agreed to lower the score
needed to pass the state achievement test that once was the hardest to
pass.

New Schools Catalyst
This sidebar in the February issue of Catalyst shows the 134 schools that have been opened, and the 60 that have been closed, by year and by type of school.  (See also this spreadsheet to get more detail: Complete list of schools opened and closed, by year). 

Ellison charting new course in Wrightwood Daily Southtown
A
new charter high school will be housed temporarily on the second floor
of the former St. Thomas More School in Chicago's Wrightwood community
beginning this fall, school officials said.

Parents not told of `attack' in school Tribune
Chicago
police are investigating a report of a man who sneaked into the girls'
bathroom at an Austin elementary school and ripped the underwear off a
5-year-old girl last week--a report that did not trigger a warning to
parents or staff.

State slaps district that barred teen Tribune

In
a drastic and unprecedented move, Illinois education officials on
Thursday voted to cut off state funds to the Elmwood Park school
district for refusing to admit an immigrant teen to its high school.

Black professionals speak at struggling Harper High School Defender
While much has been made of the
schools lack of resources Rev. Jesse Jacksons Rainbow/PUSH
Coalition adopted the school and has advocated for funds for
renovations and computer equipment - Daryl Jones, an assistant states
attorney for the Cook County Criminal Appeals Court, said Harpers
students are more poised to succeed than he was.

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