Today's news includes coverage of the KoCo protests, the beginning of formal hearings on school closings, and audio from last night's Brizard call-in show. But we all know the real news is that today is the last Friday before school starts up again on Monday, which brings a mix of dread and happiness depending on whether you're a kid, a teacher, or a parent (and how well the school year is going so far).
Local Group Keeps Promise To Emanuel, Stages Education Sit-In At City Hall Progress IL: Two demands are easy to understand. Emanuel needs to meet with us, and CPS shouldn’t close down or turnaround these schools. The third is more complicated. Kenwood Oakland is putting forward an alternative education policy strategy that focuses on community empowerment.
CPS Parents Stage Sit-In at City Hall Fox: Half a dozen CPS parents have spent a second day staging a sit-in at City Hall Thursday.
CPS kicks off public hearings on proposed closings, consolidations, turnarounds Tribune: Chicago Public Schools on Friday kicks off its first round of public hearings for proposed school closings, consolidations and turnaround projects. Meetings will be held at nine locations around the city and at future sites on Jan. 20 and Jan. 23
January's Schools on the Line WBEZ: Chicago schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard fielded questions from parents, teachers and students about everything from sex education to recouping more than a million dollars the district improperly paid to retired teachers.
No classes as Zion-Benton High School teachers strike Sun Times: Classes were canceled Thursday for thousands of students after teachers at Zion-Benton Township High School went on strike.
Ernst Prussing Elementary School Wins 2012 Cubs Caravan Tour: The Cubs Caravan is exactly what it sounds like it is. Buses loaded up with players, coaches and front office staff hit the streets and visit local Chicago area schools. Each year the Chicago Cubs hold a contest where local school can apply to have the caravan visit.
Steamy Teacher-Student Book Gets Author Luis Aguilera Fired as ...Hispanically Speaking News: A former Chicago Public Schools teacher has filed a lawsuit involving his memoir, and is claiming he is owed more than $300000 in back pay and damages. Luis Gabriel Aguilera was once a Spanish teacher at the Bronzeville Scholastic Institute, ...
Want some numbers to make your head spin Capital Fax: The unfunded pension liabilities are the fault of the politicians, not workers. Workers made their payments...And wealthy suburban school districts pay higher salaries and offer better benefits if they can for a good reason.