AM News: Listening, Contracts, Cuts -- Oh, My!

IL_CT (2)New Chicago Schools CEO kicks off 'listening tour' Sun Times:  New Chicago Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard kicked off a "listening tour'' Wednesday by talking to a dozen parents about establishing systemwide "parent-teacher agreements'' by this fall... Schools CEO works toward parent contract Tribune:  The new chief executive of CPS is meeting with parents to figure out what such an agreement should ... Brizard Vague on CPS Budget Cuts CNC:  CPS will receive their individual school budgets by the end of the week... Budget would cut $171 million from public schools Tribune:  CPS officials estimate the spending plan could portend a $77 million cut to the nation's third-largest school system... School consolidation bill for Chicago Public Schools heads to governor Tribune: A school consolidation bill that may make it more difficult for CPS to close or merge schools is now headed to the governor's desk... School facilities bill heads to governor's desk Catalyst: Under Senate Bill 620, CPS officials would be required to draft a ten-year facilities plan and a five-year capital plan with community input... More kids eating breakfast WBEZ: The goal is to reach hungry kids, and one teacher says it has reduced tardiness. But the plan has set off a firestorm of criticism...  MORE NEWS ITEMS BELOW - DO YOU EVEN CARE? Chicago School Reformer Testifies Before Congress PRNewswire: In her eight years as Executive Director, Purvis has grown CICS into the largest charter school organization in Illinois, serving nearly 9,000 students... Student explains why they protested Austin Weekly NEws:  The petition was turned in the next day to the CEO of Chicago Public Schools. Later that day, the students learned officially that their teachers were being fired..When bullies go online, targets are constant, continuous victims Medill:  Acts that most seriously disrupt the orderly educational process in theChicago Public Schools, include: "Use of any computer, including social networking websites, or use of any technology device or hacking into the CPS... Police Shoot, Kill Suspect Who Shot at Cops in West Pullman Neighborhood Fox:  The article doesn't identify the shooter, but his name was Calvin Cross. Cross just turned 20 years old and was supposed to graduate from Harlan High School in 2010 but dropped out his senior year... .Illinois GOPers brace for bloodbath Politico: The reaction to the grim reality of the state's new congressional map is downright funereal...  

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  • Mr. Brizard is just a figure-head, Rahm has the power!

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