Word is that there's going to be a Senate version of the House hearing held last week, this time on the Senate side and in Springfield. I'll try and get a witness list and agenda for you -- or pass one on if you've already seen it. Meantime, the CTU and a handful of other groups (not including PURE) are going on the offensive, calling for an elected school board for Chicago -- and an end to mayoral control. See attached. They've got a press conference scheduled for tomorrow.
Education Groups Launch Campaign for a Representative, Elected Chicago School Board and Demand an End to Mayoral Control of Chicago Public Schools
|WHO:||Jitu Brown (KOCO), Karen Lewis (Chicago Teachers Union), Margarite Jacobs (People for Community Recovery), Michelle Young (Action Now), Rico Gutstein (Teachers for Social Justice), CPS youth and parent representatives
|WHEN:||December 29, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.|
|WHERE:||Thompson Center lobby, 100 W. Randolph Street Chicago, IL 60601|
|WHY:||The above groups, joined by teachers, students, parents and others directly impacted by Chicago education policy, launch a campaign today demanding an end to the 15-years of mayoral control of Chicago Public Schools and the mayor's appointed Board of Education comprised solely of business interests. This coalition will present a framework for establishing a representative, elected school board comprised of parents, students, teachers, community groups and education research experts charged to form education policy based on proven educational research, and conduct its business in a transparent manner accessible to all Chicago citizens.|