Today's education news includes coverage of a meeting between Bronzeville protesters and City Hall staff, more about the paid protesters, and a preview of a new EpiPen policy to be considered at tomorrow's Board meeting, which I know many of you have been pushing for a long time now.
Bronzeville group meets with mayor's staff Catalyst: A group of Bronzeville students, parents and community activists met with members of the mayor's staff Monday. But they left the meeting unsatisfied and promising further action.
Two say they got paid to protest, back closing Chicago schools Sun Times: Always contentious hearings on whether to close failing Chicago schools have taken a bizarre twist this year with charges that cash-strapped residents were hired as “rent-a-protesters” and given pre-made signs and pre-crafted scripts to support school shakeups.
Protesters and pastors weigh in on proposed CPS closings WBEZ: Chicago Public Schools will hold hearings just about every night this week on a slate of schools the district wants to close or phase out. School closings are controversial every year.
CPS to enact new policies on allergies, diabetes, asthma management Tribune: Chicago Public Schools is planning to start stocking epinephrine injectors at schools to treat life-threatening allergic...
Library cuts restored: whose victory? CMW: Emanuel originally proposed the cuts. Now he says they were wrong.
Emanuel raps state scholarship perk that went to Ald. Beale's daughter Current: Without mentioning Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) by name, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday offered thinly-veiled criticism of the South Side alderman for the legislative scholarship awarded to Beale’s daughter.
Durbin takes stance against fraud in national lunch program Daily Northwestern: Chicago Public Schools, the third-largest school district in the United States, rejected CEO earlier this year, but Durbin referred to it in his letter as "a promising program that eases the process." "
Nine Years Later, City Creating New Plan to End Homelessness CNC: In November, the Chicago News Cooperative reported that 10660 homeless students enrolled in public school classrooms this fall, a 16 percent increase over last year and a record high, according to Chicago Public Schools data for September. ALSO: Illinois poverty reaches highest point in decades, study reveals IL Gazette
As some schools plunge into technology, poor schools are left behind Tribune: Even though Chicago Public Schools reports spending about $40 million a year on technology, Bronzeville Scholastic lags behind its peers and exemplifies a dangerous disparity that exists in the United States,
Juan Williams Skewers Chicago Teachers Union in New Film Townhall Conservative: The film features the Noble Street College Prep charter school and the amazing results its teachers and leaders are delivering for students and parents of Chicago. It also exposes the entrenched educational establishment bent on stifling school choice options and preserving its monopoly on state education dollars.