AM News: Science Scores Lag Behind Other Cities
Chicago 8th-graders score near bottom in national science tests Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Public School eighth-graders racked up the fourth-worst science scores among 17 big-city districts to take a national science test, results released Thursday indicated... Chicago students lag in science Chicago Tribune: The findings were not surprising for Chicago Public Schools, whose students, on average, are also testing behind others in math and reading... Posh schools make grade on Illinois school report cards Sun Times: However, only 27 percent of freshmen entered Lincoln Park High this year via the neighborhood route, Boraz estimated. The remainder entered via a citywide competition for performing arts seats or academically advanced ones... Contract school in Chicago's Austin neighborhood closing in JuneWQAD: School officials say the Austin Business and Entrepreneurship Academy, a Chicago Public Schools' contract high school on the city's West Side, will be closing when the current school year ends in June... MORE BELOW
Should local schools pay for teachers' pensions? Chicago Daily Herald: Chicago Public Schools already pay into teachers' pensions with relatively little help from the state, but suburban schools get help from all the state's taxpayers, he said... Mokena Schools Make Severe Budget Cuts: That's how Mokena School District Superintendent Karen Perry described new budget cuts which include, laying off 20 employees, including seven teachers and eliminating extracurricular activities with the exception of four academic programs. .. Suburban school district cuts 13 teachers: The Woodland District 50 school board in Grayslake on Thursday night cut 13 teachers and several support staff as it tried to fill a $4 million gap in its fiscal year 2012 budget, but officials said declining enrollment means class sizes will not increase. Even with the cuts, the district's shortfall is is still nearly $3 million, officials said...Emanuel names mayor transition team Tribune: Emanuel's transition team will focus on seven issues ahead of his May 16 swearing-in: economic development and planning; education; budget and government "reinvention"; public safety and consumer protection; transportation and infrastructure; the environment and public space; and arts and culture. They also will make recommendations for leaders of the Chicago Police Department and Chicago Public Schools.