Today's news is dominated by contrasting reactions to yesterday's announced closing / phase out list ((#savecranehs), plus remaining questions about the turnaround list (#savecasalsES) and the reliance on charter schools, plus a new effort to coordinate school safety efforts:
CPS plans to shut 2 grade schools, phase out 2 high schools Tribune: Chicago Public Schools officials unveiled the next phase of their district reorganization Wednesday, announcing they will seek to close two underperforming elementary schools and begin to phase out two troubled high schools next school year.
Chicago names schools to be closed, phased out WBEZ: Robert McMiller is the principal at Dyett High School. He said he and his staff received the news Tuesday morning and were shocked. A network chief came into the school and read a letter from Jean Claude Brizard to the staff.
Crane, Dyett high schools to be phased out in CPS shake-up Sun Times: CTU and others immediately began scheduling protests. The teachers union will conduct a “teach-in” on the history of school closings at 10 a.m. Saturday at King College Prep, 4445 S. Drexel. Workshops on “how to save troubled schools’’ will be included.
Four schools to close, but CPS wanted more Catalyst: A Catalyst analysis of the 2012 budget shows that more than 500 teachers and other instructional staff face job uncertainty because of the already-announced 10 turnarounds and the proposed school closings.
Crane, Dyett high schools to be phased out in CPS shake-up Chicago Sun-Times: Walter H. Dyett High School. React to the announcement of the possible closing of the High School. ..
School Overhaul Plan A Boon to Private Groups CNC: Three schools to be closed—Lathrop and Price elementary schools and Dyett high school—will reroute students to schools currently run by the AUSL.
Editorial: Chicago moving in right direction to fix schools Sun-Times: Each and every day, more than 100000 students go to low-performing Chicago public schools, cheating them out of the best chance they have for a decent start in life. This quiet, smoldering crisis is what drives new Chicago Public Schools.
Good News! School Closings! CPSObsessed: I don’t mean to make light of the closings, but I to had to laugh when I received an email whose content I knew would be about school closings (CPS had to announce them by today) and it was cheerfully titled “CPS Proposes Providing 7,800 Students with Access to Higher Quality School Options.” Now that is a positive spin on something we know that families hate – school closings.
Teacher living with student resigns as officials probe sex abuse charges Sun Times: A female math teacher in Hoffman Estates has resigned after officials learned she arranged for a student to move into her apartment — a relationship that state officials are now investigating as possibly sexually exploitive.
High schools to hold weekly crime-fighting meetings with police Sun Times: Chicago Public High School principals will hold weekly meetings with police district commanders to talk about crimes in and around schools and devise strategies to combat them under a program unveiled Wednesday.
CPS to Use CompStat Model for Safety Fox: Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and School's Chief Jean-Claude Brizard announced a new joint effort between police and schools to keep kids safe between their homes and schools.