Today's big news is that Ald. Sposato has relented and Galewood will get a new UNO charter school, plus a bunch of stuff you already know - Vallas to Bridgeport, LaSalle is saved, etc. (WBEZ does detail the contents of the original LaSalle options memo, and - finally? - links to it so you can read it yourself, which is great.)
Sposato Now Backs UNO School In Ward CNC: Facing the embarrassing prospect of seeing a new charter school approved for his ward without his blessing, freshman Ald. Nicholas Sposato (36th Ward) said Wednesday that he had decided to back the project after all.
Sposato relents on NW Side charter school Tribune: A freshman Northwest Side alderman on Wednesday said he has decided to support plans by a prominent Latino organization that wants to build a charter school in his ward.
CPS backs away from magnet school overhaul WBEZ: An internal CPS document obtained by WBEZ lists five possibilities to relieve overcrowding at Lincoln. The document discounts four of the five as “infeasible,” "disruptive," “too costly” or “time-consuming.” Phasing out LaSalle as a magnet was “recommended.”
Former CPS chief Paul Vallas to head Bridgeport, Conn. schools Sun Times: Paul Vallas, who rose to prominence in Chicago as head of the Chicago Public Schools after then-Mayor Richard M. Daley took control of the struggling system, will soon be serving a different Bridgeport — Bridgeport, Conn.
Former Chicago schools CEO Paul Vallas to lead Bridgeport, Conn schools WBEZ: He will receive the same $229,000 annual salary as his predecessor, John Ramos, whose contract was terminated by the board appointed under a state takeover of the district. That board approved Vallas' appointment Tuesday.
Suburban Poverty WTTW: Suburban poverty has exploded over the last 10 years. Census data now shows there are more poor people in the suburbs in the Chicago metropolitan area than in the city. Elizabeth Brackett looks at what that means for the newly poor, and for the public and private agencies trying to meet their rising needs.
Santa's ready with lots of gifts for good — and bad — Chicago pols Crain's: A golden apple goes to new Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard. With some unintended help from the Chicago Teachers Union, Mr. Brizard seems to generally be on the right path.