AM News: Digging In On Consolidations

image from webmedia.newseum.orgGroup Protests CPS Consolidation Plan:  More than 100 Chicago Public School parents and students spent Friday morning protesting the proposed closing and consolidation of 13 CPS schools... .Beidler backers fight talk of moving elementary Sun Times:  Assistant Principal Tony Teague sits at a kindergarten table Thursday to show why Beidler is a poor fit for a charter school...  Parents protest school closing plans:  Tilton Elementary was yanked from the closings list last year after parents and the alderman protested. This year it's back on the... House approves Chicago charter school changes Tribune:  Monique Davis, D-Chicago, who opposes charter schools, contended she had "trouble with" the legislation because so many suburban and Downstate Republicans ginned up support for a bill addressing CPS without consulting city lawmakers... CPS cracks down on kids who start kindergarten late Tribune:  The move is angering parents who have held their kids back because they weren't quite ready for kindergarten. CPS says the move is to make sure kids competing for positions at top schools are on a level playing field...  MORE NEWS BELOW Simeon junior to be honored as DuSable's 'Rising Star' Sun Times:  He's an athlete. He's an actor. He's an entrepreneur. He's been named to the advisory team of Chicago's new mayor..Chicago pupils embrace Arabic class The National:  So successful has the Arabic language programme in the CPS been, the four-year-old scheme has already expanded from being offered at three schools citywide in 2007, to 10. An eleventh school is piloting an online course that ... High levels of lead found in air outside Chicago schoolMonitor readings of lead pollution prompt investigation by federal, state environmental regulators... Ind. GOP pushes bigger school voucher program Associated Press: Indiana's Republican leadership is pushing ahead with a proposal that would be the nation's broadest use of school vouchers, allowing even middle-class families to use taxpayer money to send their children to private schools... School Official Finds Retirement Is Just A Higher Pay Grade:  The practice of retiring and then going right back to the same job is restricted under Arizona law, but commonplace because of loopholes... More districts looking at nontraditional candidates to lead schools ... Philly Inquirer:  That's what Philadelphia did when it hired Paul Vallas, said a city schools spokesman. Vallas was Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's budget director before he was appointed to lead the Windy City's schools. In New Jersey, where there is no waiver process, ... A Pioneer of Music for Children Is Still Inspiring CNC:  Ella Jenkins largely invented the children's-music genre in the 1950s, and at 86 she is still writing, performing and, not surprisingly, being honored... 


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  • wbez has a pretty lame and predictable story about city year kids working at orr -- or at least that's how it seemed to me.

  • Alexander, the kangaroo courts (public hearings for school consolidations), begin this week! The independent hearing officers (hired guns for CPS) will decide the fate on whether these schools will be consolidated or not (they will be!). Welcome to the wonderful world of CPS!

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