Today's news includes word that CPS will attempt to coordinate its multiple high school application processes -- perhaps even charters -- and some updates on school closing changes. There's also some more info on the principal training expansion and on the Lewis thing, which I'll put in previous posts.
CPS expected to make it easier to apply to high schools Sun Times: Currently, eighth graders can face five different application forms for seats at magnet, college prep, military, career and technical education, International Baccalaureate.
CPS Application Plan Moves Ahead CNC: It is not known if charter schools would be included on the application. District spokeswoman Marielle Sainvilus said the resolution is the first step in creating a common application and none of the specifics have been decided.
CPS moves forward on single hs application Catalyst: Ever since Arne Duncan’s tenure there has been talk of streamlining the process of applying to schools. Not only is it hard for students to navigate, but also neighborhood schools are stuck waiting to see who will end up on their rolls as students try to get into other schools.
Parent-Teacher Conferences Little Kids, Big City: Parent-Teacher conferences give me hives. And it’s happening tomorrow. I don’t think I’ve ever recovered from my 11th grade parent-teacher conference when I sat there with tears burning hot trails of shame down my face as my teachers grilled me for my D in Calculus, C in Physics and B’s in my other classes.
Hearing on school closings shifts to talk of quality, equity of education WBEZ: Dozens of community members came to a South Side hearing on school closings Wednesday evening.
First salvos fired in Chicago Public Schools' closing fightWBEZ: The Chicago Board of Education today heard arguments for and against upcoming school closings. Top CPS officials said some schools just cannot be improved, at least not quickly.
South Loop mulls education options Chicago Journal: Some parents lamented that the Chicago Public Schools central office makes these decisions, sometimes with little community interaction.
Charges dropped against Fenger football coach after teen fight ABC7Chicago: A Fenger High School football coach is back on the field after charges filed against him in connection with a teen fight were ''unsubstantiated,'' according to Chicago Public Schools.
A formula for success in Chicago's schools Austin Weekly News: There's a trifecta, Chicago Public Schools Chief Jean-Claude Brizard says, that leads to great schools - leadership, teachers and curriculum.
Chicago Public Schools teacher Kickstarting ESL program through song A.V. Club Chicago: Chicago Public Schools teacher Matt Baron is trying to change the way students learn with an album of curriculum-based rock songs, and his Kickstarter campaign is helping him fund it. Baron teaches elementary English as a Second Language (ESL) student.