Lots of today's school news focuses on issues that will be debated or decided during the monthly Board meeting -- proposed closures (Piccolo, etc), proposed charter proposals (Christopher House, UNO), proposed changes to magnet programs (LaSalle), and a proposed expansion of virtual education that would award a contract to K12, Inc.
Protesters Stage Sit-In At CPS Ahead Of Meeting On School Closures CBS: More than 500 people jammed the sidewalk in front of the Chicago Public Schools' downtown headquarters for a 90-minute rally Tuesday night and a handful were determined to stay the night to be first in line for Wednesday's school board meeting.
Occupy Chicago, teachers protest school closings ABC7Chicago.com: Members of the Chicago Teachers Union and Occupy Chicago are spending the night atChicago Public Schools headquarters.
Parents, teachers and students protest at Piccolo AustinTalks: On December 13, 2011 Dozens of students, parents and teachers marched around Piccolo Elementary Specialty School after the dismissal bell rang last Friday, protesting the Chicago Public Schools' plans to re-staff the school and turn it .
Hundreds object to charter school plan at Northwest Middle School Sun Times: More than 1,000 parents and Belmont-Cragin residents have signed petitions objecting to an unusual plan that would allow a social-service group to tear down part of Northwest Middle School and erect a charter school on the public property.
Parent redouble efforts against charter school in Belmont Cragin Tribune: Parents from Northwest Middle School, which successfully ended a bid by Christopher House last year for a charter school in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood, submitted 700 petitions Tuesday against the group's latest effort.
Charter school vote delayed; Sposato assailed Tribune: A rookie alderman got a taste Tuesday of what it's like to publicly challenge the City Hall power structure on a sensitive issue at the same time the political struggle of redrawing Chicago's ward boundaries plays out privately.
Vote on new UNO charter stalled after Ald. Sposato objects Sun Times: Zoning Committee Chairman Danny Solis (25th) denounced Sposato as an “embarrassment” and claimed the votes are there to approve the zoning change.
CPS mulls deal to expand virtual education Tribune: With an eye toward expanding Chicago Public Schools' online education offerings, the school board will consider awarding a share of a three-year, $1.9 million contract Wednesday to K-12 Virtual Schools LLC, a lucrative, publicly traded company.
Chicago wants to phase out coveted magnet school WBEZ: CPS wants to slowly convert the magnet [LaSalle] to a neighborhood school that draws from the immediate area, one of the ritziest in the city. The school would take no new magnet school kindergartners in the fall, unless they already had a sibling enrolled in the school.
Study: Dramatic Rise in Homeless Children CNC: The number of homeless children in Illinois increased by 88 percent between 2006 and 2010, according to a study released today