Chicago Trails Big Cities

Today's news includes coverage of the NAEP scores for CPS, a look back at the history of closing and replacing schools, and the Mayor's effort to bring new charter operators into the city:

CPS trails other big cities in reading, math scores Tribune: The percentage of CPS 4th- and 8th-graders who scored below basic proficiency in math also exceeded large district and national averages.

CPS reading scores up, but not by much, from 7 years ago Sun Times: Chicago Public Schools finally showed some real progress in reading on national test results released Wednesday, but only compared to how its students fared at least seven years ago.

Chicago makes little improvement on national test Catalyst:  Chicago has consistently scored at or near the bottom compared to other large districts. The city’s low-income students still tend to score below their counterparts in most other large cities.

Mapping a decade of CPS closings WBEZ: If the latest round is approved, Chicago will have shut down or turned around more than 100 schools over the last decade.

Emanuel Eyes Cuts to City's Public Relations Staff CNC:  The audit will begin Thursday with the distribution of a questionnaire to all of Emanuel's Cabinet members and to the heads of all the sister agencies of local government, including the Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Housing Authority... 

Second KIPP school may come to Austin Austin Weekly News: Chicago Public Schools' proposal to turn around or close several chronically failing schools has paved the way for Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) to open a second charter school on the city's West Side.

Emanuel welcomes out-of-town charter schoolsWBEZ: “I want all the charter operators who don’t yet operate in the City of Chicago to see this as an opportunity to now look at Chicago as a place to set up shop,” Emanuel told school leaders and charter representatives from across the country.

Governors State University to be a four-year facility Sun Times: By expanding to a full, four-year university, GSU president Elaine Maimon said the school can better serve the community.

What about Blago's kids? Former guv should have thought of them before committing crimes Eric Zorn: Their father will be in federal prison when they graduate from high school, when Amy graduates from college and when both go through other rites of passage into young adulthood. They'll both be in their 20s when he is released in early 2024 after having served 85 percent of the 14-year sentence he was given Wednesday.

Chicago's schools need to change Tribune: The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is not following the lead of other unions across the country and embracing positive reform for our children.

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