School News For A Friday Morning

Sometimes Chicago education news feels more like a police blotter than a roundup of school-related stories.

Obama in New Orleans: 'It's clear how far we have to go'  LA Times
Obama's Education secretary, Arne Duncan met with students and local officials at
John McDonogh Senior High. Paul Vallas, the head of the city's Recovery
School District, spoke of the hundreds of millions in rebuilding funds
he was still hoping to receive from the Federal Emergency Management
Agency.

Teacher fights CPS for disabled son's education Tribune
As
a Chicago teacher, Cruz feels like she knows the system and was able to
act as a strong advocate for her son. And still, she said, it was a
lengthy fight that she fears set him back academically and emotionally.

CPS student charged in sexual abuse of minor girl Sun Times
Holt
was arrested at 2 p.m. Wednesday at 3000 S. King Dr., Dunbar Vocational
Career Academy High School, and the charge was approved at 12:42 a.m.,
according to police.

Man gets 85 years in '03 slaying of Crane student Tribune
Wright,
who was a freshman at Crane High School, was not involved in gangs,
police, friends and family members said at the time of his death. His
killing spurred an increase in police patrols around the school, 2245
W. Jackson Blvd., as well as a call by then-Chicago Public Schools CEO
Arne Duncan for community volunteers to escort children to school.

Oak Park school superintendent to retire Tribune
In an e-mail announcing Weninger's retirement, board President
Dietra Millard said in the coming weeks the district will begin
discussing the search for a new superintendent and seek input on "the
qualities key to future school leadership."

Charter success story Tribune (editorial)
At
least 13,000 kids in Illinois are on waiting lists to get into a
charter school. State legislators this year finally took a step toward
helping them by voting to raise the cap on charter schools in the
state. The number in Illinois will be allowed to double to 120 schools.

'Precious' - the gem of the festival Medill

The
45th Chicago International Film Festival gave the much-anticipated
local premiere Wednesday of "Precious," a film about a teenage girl's
struggle with domestic violence and illiteracy.

Teens raise the stakes - program on gambling addiction slotted for Chicago schools 
Medill

Kids
often gamble as a way to socialize. They make a bet on the basketball
court, throw dice in the schoolyard or, with more serious consequences,
they go online. But a gambling obsession and financial losses trouble
the lives of an estimated 500,000 U.S. teens.

Mapping the Plan for Transformation Gapers Block

With
the Chicago Housing Authority's Plan for Transformation in full swing,
it's hard to keep track of the location of new mixed income
developments -- not to mention which of the old family developments
haven't been demolished.

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  • Budget forces CPS cuts to after-school tutoring: Fewer than half of the children who signed up for federally mandated after-school tutoring will receive it this year as a budget shortfall has forced the Chicago public school district to re-prioritize spending. (more)

    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/10/budget-forces-cps-cuts-to-after-school-tutoring.html

  • "Remonse Holt, 17, of the 2300 block of South Kostner Avenue..."
    he lives at the above address and travels all the way to Dunbar for school.
    Why?

  • after school--we have been told thqat our school ogf 1000 students will be able to have less than 10% in the program. And 98% of all students signed up==wtf?

  • I read this horrible story of how an employee's son with disabilities was (mis)treated by CPS. If a teacher has to fight her own employer what chance does a parent (or classroom teacher) have against CPS? A southwest side CPS principal had to go due process agaist CPS a few years ago. CPS lost, but obviously still does not follow the law.

    Special education teachers are tired of fighting/dissenting at IEP meetings over basic services for their students. Young special education teachers leave CPS in droves every year.

    It is the seventh week of school and we still do not have a school nurse nor do we have three one to one aides which are mandated by the children's IEPs. No school nurse slows down, if not totally stops, any new special education referrals. Is this the hiddden agenda?

    One southwest side school received two students in wheelchairs but no one to one aides and no bus with a lift-ridiculous, yet there are personnel in central office who are paid to work all summer. When will special education improve in CPS?

    The e-IEP is riduculously redundant, caseloads are higher than ISBE or J-Car, and the Corey H. monitors and ISBE twiddle their thumbs.

    How many of Huberman's "most likely to get shot" students are undiagnosed special education students?

  • "How many of Huberman's "most likely to get shot" students are undiagnosed special education students?"

    Wild guess: 50 percent.

  • we are puting diapers and changing 5-6 year olds children in a regular kindergarten program. we have no aides. help.

  • We have been informed that a person from OSS is coming out to "look" at our special education programs to get a "snapshot".

    Are these newly created positions necessary in a time of budget cuts? Is this a waste of special education monies or will additonal personnel in the form of teachers and aides follow based upon these "snapshots" or will the "snapshot" be deliberately fuzzy?

    Why isn't the Corey H.court monitor visiting the schools to observe how we no longer can follow our inclusion plans under Corey H.?

    You do not need to come out to get a "snapshot". All you have to do is use the data from the CPS computers and you will find caseload/workload abuse, lack of counselors and school nurses and no one to one aides as stated on the IEP.

  • right on anniesullivan--these 'auditors' come out and offer no help! They could not even help us with the 5 yrear old diaper problem! Nothing will change, nothing will be done. Waste of $ and Illinois will not do a thing here either. Corey H. has been here for 17 years and it has only gotten worse!

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