Watch Out, Grand Boulevard, Austin!

Today is a Board meeting day, and one of the items under consideration is making CPS a system in which everyone applies to go to school rather than just registering.  Plus, more on school closing possibilities from Catalyst.  And a few other things.

CPS May Require Applications CNC:  If the Board adopts the resolution, the district will pay $390,375 to the Institute for Innovation in Public School Choice to “provide a school choice matching system,” according to the resolution. [PDF agenda here]

Dozens of schools meet closings criteria Catalyst: Three areas, Grand Boulevard/Bronzeville on the South Side and Austin on the West Side, had more than 10 schools eligibile for closing. Sicat told a group of parents gathered in Grand Boulevard last night that CPS officials won't close a school unless there's better option to which they can transfer students.

Community groups gear up for CPS' annual changes to neighborhood schools Tribune: With Chicago Public Schools weeks away from announcing this year's list of school closings and consolidations, community groups have begun revving up for what likely will be a fierce battle to keep neighborhood schools open.

Rule No. 1 of public speaking: Use discretion, Mary Schmich says Tribune: Just because you think a thought doesn't mean that you should say it. This principle applies to everyone, in private and in public, but it especially applies in public.

Duncan accepts Chicago union president's apology Tribune: Education Secretary Arne Duncan has accepted an apology from the president of the Chicago Teachers Union for a joke she made about him having a lisp.

Students suspended for BB gun incident WGN:  CPS issued a statement saying: "CPS continues to make the safety and security of our students a priority and we do not tolerate weapons of any kind on school grounds."


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  • a few more comments on the lewis video from the WTTW discussion board

  • george schmidt can't believe that WBEZ recorded and uploaded (and maybe even broadcast) his remarks on school closings

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