Today's news includes word that CPS will be closing schools again at the end of the year for both performance and utilization reasons, plus the approval of the charter school extended day incentive program ($800 per teacher).
CPS Lays Groundwork for School Closings CNC: CPS officials said they will rely on school performance as the primary factor in determining which schools to overhaul, but facility usage will also be taken into account.
Board sets the stage for more school closings Catalyst: Sicat showed board members two maps, one on the utilization of schools and the other on the performance. If one were laid over the other, they would be fairly similar, he said.
CPS extends longer day incentives to charter schools WBEZ: On Wednesday, the city's Board of Education voted in favor of a CPS plan to award up to $75,000 to a charter school that adopts the extra 90 minutes this year. Teachers from those schools could also get an $800 stipend.
Advocacy group wants revamp of state report cards WBEZ: The state of Illinois next week is scheduled to release annual report cards for all Illinois schools. An education advocacy group wants evaluations to be more comprehensive.