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News2Plainfield Schools Might Cut 112 Jobs:  Plainfield School Superintendent John Harper unveiled about $7.6 million in proposed cuts Monday night that includes cutting 112 full-time equivalent positions as well as changing school times... School bus crashes on Bishop Ford, 1 teen hurt:  A 13-year-old suffered minor injuries when a school bus was involved in an accident on the Bishop Ford Freeway this morning, according to Illinois State Police... Berkeley School SUED By U.S. After Denying Teacher Unpaid Leave For Muslim Pilgrimage AP:  The federal government sued a suburban Chicago school district Monday for denying a Muslim middle school teacher unpaid leave to make a pilgrimage to Mecca that is a central part of her religion... Illinois school district sued for religious discrimination:  Federal prosecutors have filed a complaint against Berkeley School District 87, claiming it violated the Civil Rights Act when it denied a Muslim teacher time off for an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. Title VII of the act prohibits employment discrimination based on religion, among other things. The suit...Unfiltered: Mayoral hopefuls face off at activist forum WBEZ:  Chicago mayoral candidates are facing each other in three forums this week. But former White House chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel isn't participating in any of them.

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  • Chicago Board of Education Approves Appointment
    Of Boeing Company Exec as Chief of Staff

    The Chicago Board of Education today approved the appointment of Nora Moreno Cargie as Chief of Staff to Interim Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Terry Mazany.

    Board Members unanimously approved a resolution on Cargie

  • remember how huberman spared a school or two from closing when he first took over from duncan? well it seems like mazany has done the same -- withdrawing four proposed charter proposals that had made it to the board at today's board meeting

    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/12/critics-force-cps-to-table-charter-vote.html

  • south shore HS was also a subject of the board meeting yesterday, notes catalyst in its roundup

    http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/notebook/index.php/entry/925/School_board_members_put_off_vote_on_charter_schools

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    here's more about south shore from a helpful reader (and the defender):

    The story re: updated plans for the new SS high school needs some attention. The Defender covered it here, but I haven't seen it recently on your blog (apologies if I just missed it).
    http://www.chicagodefender.com/article-9648-south-shore-high-school-at-center-of-dispute-between-community-group-school-district.html

    Short story - CPS wants to temporarily move students into the new bldg for just a few months and then move them back to the old bldg next year when the new bldg becomes more selective. To me, having a selective school in the neighborhood seems fine, but, I don't think it's fair to temporarily jerk students around like that and it just doesn't seem necessary. I believe this will come up at the next January board meeting. I have friends who teach at the school, that's my only connection.

    sounds sort of crazy, the plan -- anyone know anything more?

  • The four small schools on the South Shore Campus are no more!

  • Bob Runcie is now a Chief Area Officer for CPS.

  • i don't have confirmation of the specific area but i do have at least one person at the board saying that runcie is headed to an area office.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    yes, area 17, he's already begun the transition

  • an update about SS from a reader:

    The story re: updated plans for the new SS high school needs some attention. The Defender covered it here, but I haven't seen it recently on your blog (apologies if I just missed it).
    http://www.chicagodefender.com/article-9648-south-shore-high-school-at-center-of-dispute-between-community-group-school-district.html

    Short story - CPS wants to temporarily move students into the new bldg for just a few months and then move them back to the old bldg next year when the new bldg becomes more selective. To me, having a selective school in the neighborhood seems fine, but, I don't think it's fair to temporarily jerk students around like that and it just doesn't seem necessary. I believe this will come up at the next January board meeting. I have friends who teach at the school, that's my only connection.

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