Today's big news includes word from Catalyst that CPS is joining the Gates-funded district-charter compact initiative -- which could bring to Chicago things like Denver's unified application process and mid-year charter enrollment agreements -- as well as continued fallout from last week's announcement of proposed closings and turnarounds. Also be sure to check out the Weekend Open Discussion (previous post), which included a wide-ranging discussion of all topics CPS.
Chicago to join Gates Foundation charter compact Catalyst: Though they are still in negotiations over the details, Chicago Public Schools officials are set to sign on to a national intiaitive that encourages stronger cooperation between charter schools and traditional schools, as well as providing equitable district funding for charters.
CPS Closings Spark Outcry CNC: Members of the Chicago Educational Facilities Task Force, a state entity that monitors Chicago Public Schools’ compliance with the new law, said the proposed guidelines were too vague and the process was not transparent enough to satisfy the law’s requirements.
Brizard: Some Schools Are Too ‘Far Gone’ To Save CBS2: Chicago Public Schools chief executive officer Jean-Claude Brizard says the system has no choice but to close some schools because they “are so far gone that you cannot save them.”
CTU union: We’re working with principals to improve ailing schools Sun Times: To stave off a record school “turnaround” push, Chicago Teachers Union officials are coming up with plans on how they would spend the same budget the Academy of Urban School Leadership is being given to “turnaround’’ ailing Chicago Public Schools, CTU President Karen Lewis said Friday.
'Teach-in' preps parents, union members for fight to stop school closings Tribune: More than 400 parents, community organizers and union members packed a "teach-in" at King College Prep High School in Kenwood Saturday to build grassroots opposition to plans for shutting down or overhauling 14 Chicago public schools.
Crane old-timers recall the good times CSNChicago.com: Last Wednesday, Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard announced that Crane and Dyett would be slowly phased out of existence and four struggling elementary schools would be closed by summer.
ACT Charter to share Nash Elementary School AustinTalks: Chicago Public Schools plans to close just four of more than 140 schools that meet CPS' low-performing criteria, and none is in Austin.
Boy, 16, killed during drive-by shooting in Woodlawn Sun Times: A 16-year-old boy was killed Saturday during a drive-by shooting in the South Side Woodlawn neighborhood. A two-door silver vehicle was driving in the 6200 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue at 3:45 p.m. when someone leaned out of the vehicle and shot the boy twice in the chest.
Lessons of a too-talkative operative WBEZ: The Illinois chapter of Stand for Children raised more money than every other major lobbying interest in the capital last fall, but it has not raised a penny in the current election cycle and spent only $2,500 on two candidates so far.