Today's news includes a bit more coverage of the school closing plan and some followup on the extended day story (CPS will fight back, not all charter schools will get the extra money).
Complicated Formula Will Help Determine Fate of Some Chicago Schools CNC/NYT: Chicago Public Schools officials are giving the public an early look at the strategy they will use in December when deciding which schools will be closed, consolidated or designated to be turned around.
CPS Makes New Push To Close, Consolidate Failing Schools WBBM: Chicago Public Schools could be in for another round of closures and consolidations. A plan presented at Wednesday’s Board of education meeting would close the schools that are considered to be chronically under-performing.
How public schools are failing mentally ill kids WBEZ: Arthur McGriff looks like a typical seven year old. He’s a bit tall for his age and acts like a little gentleman. But at the age of seven, he’s just learning how to dress himself.
CPS will 'vigorously' defend longer school day in court WBEZ: A state labor board has sided mostly with the Chicago Teachers Union on the issue of Chicago’s longer school day.
Emanuel defends longer school day despite labor board ruling WBEZ: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel defended his efforts to bring a longer school day after a state labor board sided with the Chicago Teachers union in their efforts to end the mayor's push.
Charters line up for extended-day cash Catalyst: Chicago International is the district’s largest charter school operator, and it has long had school days of 7-1/2 hours—the same length of time that Emanuel wants for all schools. Yet the academic performance of CICS schools is mixed.
Charters Offered Grants for Longer Day: Mayor Rahm Emanuel is going to charter schools to push his new offer: establish a longer school day and get cash in return.
High school football has high expenses, low revenue Tribune: Even with such a disparity, Mickey Pruitt, the football coordinator forChicago Public Schools, says cash has little relation to success. "When it comes down to it, it's about execution on the football field," said Pruitt.
Michelle Obama Plays It Safe with 'Let's Move!' Campaign Chicago Magazine: Michelle Obama was in Chicago Tuesday to promote her “Let’s Move!” campaign for healthy eating and exercise. It’s an important issue and worthy of the her attention, but it seems small-bore compared to other First Ladies'...
Unions demand actions from lawmakers WGN: In a rally carefully timed to coincide with the fall veto session, unionized workers from across Illinois jammed the Capitol rotunda in Springfield Tuesday, demanding action from lawmakers.
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