Hope you had a good weekend. Thanks to everyone who read or wrote in to the open discussion (see below). Today's news is a mish-mash of school closing protests, downstate doings, and a pretty intense story about homeless families in Chicago.
Protests rev up to stop school closings, turnarounds WBEZ: With a megaphone to amplify their chants, dozens of students, parents and teachers marched around Piccolo Elementary Specialty School after the dismissal bell rang Friday, protesting the district’s plans to re-staff the school and turn it over to an outside nonprofit to run.
Jean-Claude Brizard on CPS 'Chronic Underperformers' Fox Chicago: The ongoing "dialog" between the CEO of Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union took a new downward turn, with the announcement of big changes at a bunch of schools deemed "chronic underperformers."
Emanuel pushes for passage of state tax incentives WBEZ: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he's staying involved in getting the state's major tax package passed. Last week the tax package including incentives for the CME Group was shot down by the Illinois House of Representatives.
For Homeless Families, A Long, Hard Road CNC: A nearly three-year evaluation of Daley’s program by researchers at the University of Chicago and Loyola University tracked more than 500 homeless people for a year and found a fragmented system that inhibited progress.
The terrible cost of dropping out Tribune: American educators and parents spend years drumming a message into teenagers: Don't quit school. You won't find a job. You'll wind up in jail. You'll ruin your life. Too many kids don't listen.
Penny Pritzker opens private equity firm Tribune: Businesswoman Penny Pritzker has launched her own private equity firm called PSP Capital Partners. According to a source, Pritzker has moved out of her office in the Hyatt Center and into 300 N. LaSalle St., where the private equity firm is based. PSP'...
Jose Rico Appointed New Director White House Initiative on Hispanic ... Hispanically Speaking News: Prior to his work with the Administration, Rico served from 2005-2009 as principal of Chicago's Multicultural Arts High School, named by then Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan as founding principal in 2005.
Fears of G8, NATO protests move Chicago school events: Chicago-area high schools, colleges and other institutions are casting a wary eye on the international summits coming to the city next spring.
Proposal would up fines by $3,000 for having guns or drugs near schools Sun Times: The City Council’s Public Safety Committee approved an ordinance that would impose a new $3,000 fine against anyone convicted of gang loitering, narcotics-related loitering or weapons violations within 500 feet of a school.
Local union cries foul over contract with company that makes Oscars Sun-Times: ... of a contract and doesn't do anything in between to help employees prosper and help companies prosper, I don't think that's an effective union,” added Siegel, who was a former Chicago Public Schools teacher and member of the Chicago Teachers Union.