AM News: Vouchers, Violence, Cuts

Daley declines chance to take stand on vouchers, principal selection Sun Times
Mayor
Daley today defended progress made since his 1995 school takeover, but
refused to take a stand on two volatile school reform ideas: vouchers
and stripping local school councils of their pivotal power to select
principals.

Ill. senator wants change for Chicago Public Schools ABC7

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Getting the bills
through the Illinois House would be an entirely different story.

Marshall High School Moves Closer to a Sweeping Overhaul NYT
Marshall
High School is a failure on several levels, and the Chicago Board of
Education is now considering an extraordinary intervention to improve
it.

Public school safety takes another hit Sun Times (Mary Mitchell)
Hubbard,
at 6200 S. Hamlin, is one of 38 Chicago public schools receiving a
share of $30 million in stimulus dollars to combat crime.

Bradwell fights back Substance
Chicago's
African American schools are fighting back harder than ever after years
of lies and attacks from the Daley administration and CPS officials

Massive budget cuts on the horizon for Chicago schools Catalyst
This
year's cuts will pale in comparison to what Huberman is planning for
next year--including possible cuts to charter schools....

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  • Call & Write Your Alderman

    Now is the time. Lets put the pressure on our representatives to do what is right.

    SAMPLE Letter

    Dear Alderman,

    I want you to support the resolution, which was dated February 10, 2010, was introduced by Alderman Pat Dowell (3rd Ward) and Freddrenna Lyle (6th Ward) to freeze all of the processes for school closings, phase outs, consolidations, and turnarounds for at least one year.

    School closings increases violence and decreases scores for the receiving schools.

    I am not saying not to fix schools, but we need to make sure kids do not get hurt in the process.

    NAME
    ADDRESS

    A Resolution to be Adopted by the City of Chicago

    WHEREAS, School closings, consolidations, phase-outs, and turnarounds have a profound impact on entire communities, and

    WHEREAS, Community members have an acute knowledge of where the resources and dangers are in the neighborhoods where their children attend school and can provide valuable insight into the potential issues that may result from these decisions, specifically regarding safe passage, and

    WHEREAS, Chicago Public Schools has made these decisions without sufficient amounts of input from the affected communities, and

    WHEREAS, the decisions made by CPS are often based on outdated or inaccurate data that does not fully consider recent improvements, and

    WHEREAS, Many of the schools that are slated for reconstitution or closing have experienced years of significant academic and capital disinvestment; and

    WHEREAS, Chicago Public Schools needs to examine its own policies regarding the distribution of resources for academic and capital needs before making drastic decisions such as replacing the school

  • Fran Spielman and Rosaland Rossi in their article

  • If the hiring of principals by LSC's is opposed by Meeks. What can be worse than Central Office putting principals in schools! The clowns they have installed in schools would give one pause to even think about that idea. For sure there would be no checks at all.

  • Mainstream media corruption.

    where are the reports of the resolution to freeze closings, turnovers, phase outs, and turnarounds in Chicago just as 'Chicago Model' goes national under 'Race To The Top' which was dated February 10, 2010, was introduced by Alderman Pat Dowell (3rd Ward) and Freddrenna Lyle (6th Ward).

    what a decrepit media that ignores the plight of the African American communities in Chicago. I would say more but do not want to offend people here.

    Garth Liebaber said it best:
    The media in general is like a high-powered spotlight. At the point when they cannot ignore a story, then everyone is on it like flies to honey. They stumble and fight over each other, and then just as quickly disappear into thin air. In that way, they serve as subterfuge, allowing the public to think the issue has also disappeared.

    That is why persistence and consistency is important in establishing a meaningful history of the events at hand, and a predilection of the events that need to come next.

  • Fairfax supervisors call schools budget unrealistic

    County supervisors, reeling from $24 million in school board add-ons to the superintendent's $2.3 billion budget request, are warning officials to look harder for big cuts.

    "My first reaction is that I need to run out really quickly and plant a bunch of money trees," said Supervisor Jeff McKay, D-Lee District.
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/Fairfax-supervisors-call-schools-budget-unrealistic-83664627.html

    i hope everyone knows that huberman has added millions of dollars into the CPS budget for his person hirings from CTA and other chicago departments in addition to creating new departments and layers of bureaucracy. Then like the story above declares unrealistic budgets and deficits thinking everyone will not see through his deception.

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    Agreed, money is being wasted on maintaining the new order called PM besides the usual suspects. Hubermand, Bond and their surrogates will continue to point the finger at the teachers, the union, principals, and the LSC's. The source of the problem is Daley and the CEO's office. They are running the show! Leadership starts at the top! Don't be distracted by the Meeks sideshow. Who will be the Meeks of tomorrow to take the heat off Daley and Huberman!

  • In reply to viniciusdm:

    budget cuts miracle cure! this is the easiest and fastest way to save millions of dollars. audit all personnel files. any and all staff without a valid ed certification fired immediately(i am talking anyone that has contact or influence over student instruction and programs this would include people like huberman and his cta buddies) all other administrative/managers/officers/staff to have at least undergraduate degree with at least a major in education(this would include: facilities, law, budget, compliance, communications, transportation.....)

    the cuts would include charters operated by non-educational entities(operators who do not hold valid certifications to be teachers or administrators) and non-certified staff.

    how much you bet if that happened that we would end up with a surplus in less than six months. didn't this clown just say we had $60 million for anti-violence program and cut 1000 people last year? plus displace 1000 teachers. what happened to the ARRA money?

    naturally I do not expect lunchroom staff, secretaries, security, etc

  • In reply to viniciusdm:

    $1 per year leases with 6 charters schools were voted on in the November 2009 Board meeting. (some leases are four years, not bad for a school building in a gentrifying area like collins high school)

    I found the following information with a few clicks of the mouse at 2am.

    John Kugler
    johnkugler@substancenews.net

    Massive budget cuts on the horizon for Chicago schools
    Posted By Sarah Karp On Thursday, February 11, 2010
    Carlos Perez, director of policy for the Illinois Network of Charter Schools, says he

  • In reply to viniciusdm:

    $1 per year lease for 6 charters schools were voted on in the November 2009 Board meeting. (some leases are four years, not bad for a school building in a gentrifying area like collins high school)

    I found the following information with a few clicks of the mouse at 2am.

    John Kugler

    Massive budget cuts on the horizon for Chicago schools
    Posted By Sarah Karp On Thursday, February 11, 2010
    Carlos Perez, director of policy for the Illinois Network of Charter Schools, says he

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    Don't forget UNO 'leases" for $1, the de la Cruz building. Who pays the utilites, maintenance and cleanup for these buildings? That will be an interesting answer.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Hey UNO got $120,000,000 million of your taxpayers money the last 2 years. Yup! I think they can afford pretty much anything. They have serious clout from Daley Talk about an entity that should up investigation. Fitz would have to do it since Madigan is in their pocket.

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    I wonder what does KIPP pay to lease space at Penn School...and I heard they are now expanding to accept Kindergarten students. I hope they are paying the room. If they aren't then you're right Kuglar this is a travesty!!!

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    CONTACT YOUR ALDERMAN
    to support resolution to freeze closings, turnovers, phase outs, and turnarounds in Chicago just as 'Chicago Model' goes national under 'Race To The Top'The resolution, which was dated February 10, 2010, was introduced by Alderman Pat Dowell (3rd Ward) and Freddrenna Lyle (6th Ward).

    If passed by the entire City Council, the resolution would stop this year's round of turnarounds and other major changes just at a time when the Obama administration, through U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, is pushing the Chicago Plan, including so-called "turnarounds", as a model for school reform across the USA.
    _________________________________________

    i could not call or email my alderman but i got a fax thru.
    __________________________________________
    Here's a link to everyone's alderperson's email address.

    http://egov.cityofchicago.org/city/webportal/portalProgramAction.do?programId=536879154&channelId=-536879035&topChannelName=Government
    __________________________________________
    or you can use this site using your address

    Find Your Alderman
    http://www.chicityclerk.com/citycouncil/alderman/find.html
    __________________________________________

    here is a form letter to use[jay rehak created]

    Dear Alderman,

    I am writing to ask you to support Alderman Dowell(3rd) and Alderman Lyle's (6th) Resolution urging the City Council to freeze all school closings, phase outs, consolidations, and turnarounds of the processes for at least one year.

    As has been noted in the media, thousands of Chicago residents have turned out to oppose these processes, each of which is disruptive to the learning environment and ultimately harmful to the children of Chicago.

    In the interest of a more studied view of the implications of school closings to Chicago neighborhoods and its residents, I urge you to support Alderman Dowell and Alderman Lyle's Resolution. I also urge the City Council to begin hearings on the long term implications of closing public schools or transferring them to private entities.

    Thank you for your time and consideration of this vital City matter.

    Sincerely,

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    I've interviewed Mr. Perez several times and he is always uninformed. He's not a liar. He's just not very bright. And he's very political.

  • In reply to keepingtrack:

    Political and Not Very Bright is a dangerous combination!

  • In reply to keepingtrack:

    Mollison ES saved according to KOCO. According to an e-mail sent to members of the Grassroots Education Movement (GEM) and some members of the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE), Mollison Elementary School will not be proposed for consolidation when the Chicago Board of Education meets on February 24, 2010.
    http://www.substancenews.net/articles.php?page=1175§ion=Article

    John Kugler
    kuglerjohn@comcast.net

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