AM News: Magnet Questions, "Race" Questions

New fast track to CPS top-flight schools? Sun Times

A
quirk in the Chicago Public Schools' new enrollment system puts
children from parts of some economically better-off neighborhoods such
as the Near North Side, Albany Park, Rogers Park and Uptown in the same
category as children from the city's poorest areas, such as Englewood
and Lawndale.

Local superintendents react to 'Race' proposal with skepticism, questions Daily Herald
Local superintendents, many of whom signed on to the state's bid for the program, were taking the news with caution Thursday.

6a00e54f8c25c988340120a7f7436e970b-200wiMore Than Academics at Morton Alternative NYT
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program combining intensive psychotherapy with conventional studies to
help troubled teens finish school has reported promising results.

Chicago Public Schools adds to woes of youths in custody or suspended Tribune

After
Jishell Murphy's son T.J. was arrested for stealing a car, then
suspended from John Marshall Metropolitan High School for fighting, an
attendance official strongly suggested that he go to school elsewhere.

Illinois prison schools can't lock down enough teachers Tribune

If
educating troubled youths is difficult in Chicago Public Schools, it is
even tougher inside the state's youth prisons, where resources have
long been scarce and progress slow.

U of I Tuition Going Up 9 Percent My Fox Chicago

Students at the University of Illinois are facing another big
tuition increase. Interim President Stanley Ikenberry said the
tuition increase will be at least 9 percent.

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  • Retired Principal said: CPS is laying off teachers and staff members and cutting programs! More than 1,000 CPS school employees will lose their jobs by the end of the year; and millions of dollars in programs have been trimmed because of a shortage of money!

  • Looks like Keller gifted school is on the block to move at the end of the year: Open public meeting facilitated by CPS officials for all Keller parents on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 6:00p.m.- location to be announced. Maybe the neighborhood needs the building for all the kids who are no longer attending Catholic and private schools? Anybody know what's behind this effort to move the school?

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    thanks for reminding us about this, 1150 -- i've just put a new post up so that folks can read the letter from the keller principal and weigh in about what to do

    http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/district-299/2010/01/mary-sent-you-a-message.html

    / alexander

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Teachers' unions in England are to ballot their members on a boycott of Sats tests for 11 year olds.

    The National Union of Teachers and the National Association of Head Teachers have called on the government to scrap the tests, saying they narrow learning.

    Ministers said they had ended some tests and strengthened assessments.

    The head teachers' union leader, Mick Brookes, said the primary school tests unfairly labelled some schools as "failing".

    Sats boycott ballot for teachers in England
    Tuesday, 26 January 2010
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/8479426.stm

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