Today's education news includes coverage of recent protests, a close look at the Safe Passage program, and arrests in the YouTube video beating case. That's it. How's the week going so far?
King holiday marked by march for 'education justice' Tribune: The CTU and community groups fightingChicago Public Schools'efforts to close down or turn around failing schools marked the Martin Luther King Jr.holiday with protests on the West and Southwest Sides.
Protesters vow to 'save' school from take over by 'politically connected' operator Sun Times: CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey decried Chicago Public School plans to turn over management of Marquette — one of the system's largest elementary schools, with some 1400 students — and five other academically struggling schools.
Protesting CPS On MLK Day Progress IL: CPS will have a second round of community meetings regarding the turnaround of Herzl and other school actions January 20. The Chicago Board of Education will vote on these proposed school actions in its February meeting.
The Right to Protest Chicago Tonight: Protesters are turning up the heat on Chicago, even as the Mayor and Police Chief cool down restrictions for the NATO and G8 summits. Paris Schutz has the story.
Expanded safe passage program watches over 35,000 students Medill Reports: Initially implemented at 13 sites, School Community Watch has been expanded to 35 of the district’s 122 high school campuses this year, affecting approximately 35,000 students. The program is expected to cost the school district $8.4 million this year, said CPS spokesman Frank Shuftan.
Chicago Slums and the Long Shadow of Lead Paint The 312 Chicago Magazine: The U.S. homicide rate hit a 50-year low last year and violent crime hit a 40-year low in 2010, despite the terrible economy. Lead abatement may offer a substantial explanation—and a challenge to utilitarian theories of crime.
Michigan gives green light for charter school expansion: The provision mandates teacher firing after three years of being rated “ineffective.” A similar rule change in the Chicago Public Schools led to the termination of 11 percent of new teachers.
7 teens charged in Bridgeport beating captured on video Sun Times: Police on Wednesdat said seven teens have been charged in the brutal beating and robbing of a 17-year-old boy in a Bridgeport alleyway on Sunday.
7 teens charged in beating, robbery posted on YouTube Tribune: Seven teenagers, including a 15-year-old girl, were charged this morning with the beating and robbery of a 17-year-old high school senior that was captured on video and posted on the Internet.
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