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Local school council policy draws lawsuit Southtown Star

LSCs at the new School of Entrepreneurship and School of Technology,

both in the old South Shore High School building, and at Moses Vines

Academy in the old Orr High School building contested their loss of

power in Thursday's lawsuit.

District Leaders to Clean House at 8 Chicago Schools EdWeek

Many in Chicago are also chafing at what will amount to the firing

of 200 teachers across the eight schools. District administrators said

those teachers will be able to reapply for their jobs....And parents like Ms.

Wilkerson are angry that the re-created schools are unlikely to allow

strong parental and community input through elected local school

councils—a hallmark of many of Chicago’s public schools. She said the

district has ignored the recommendations of her council at Mose Vines

Academy to replace the principal.

Abbott parents blast closing plan Medill Reports

On Wednesday evening, parents from the Wentworth Gardens area joined

teachers objecting to the proposed consolidation of Abbott, 3630 S.

Wells St., with Alexander Graham Elementary, 4436 S. Union Ave., at a

hearing related to the schools “turnaround plan.”

CPS to do an about-face Chicago Defender

In 2001, under a multi-million dollar Chicago Public Schools redesign

initiative, Orr High School was divided into three smaller schools. But

high drop out rates, and low test scores have proven that the

initiative did not work, and CPS CEO Arne Duncan is reversing the

organization's decision.

Are Students Working Too Hard for a High School Diploma? US News

A study conducted for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation credits a

mandatory work-study program at Arrupe Jesuit High School in Denver for

giving students more focus and a can-do attitude. The private

school—part of a network of 19 academies in Chicago, New York, and

elsewhere—enrolls 278 students, many of them from low-income

neighborhoods.

Special ed student taped to chair Sun Times

The teacher, who obtained her teaching credentials last June, had been

working at Medgar Evers School, 9811 S. Lowe, for a week at the time of

the incident, a public schools spokesman said Thursday

Expo is place to go for with questions about new Chicago schools Tribune

Officials from 70 new Chicago

public schools created by the district's Renaissance 2010 reform plan

will be available for questions at the New Schools Expo 2008, from 10

a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Williams Multiplex, 2710 S. Dearborn St.

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