Happy Monday. Today's education news focuses mostly on Jean-Claude Brizard's Sunday sermon about the district's closing/ turnaround initiative, plus some coverage and commentary about the looming longer day (LLD) and turnarounds. Anyone see video or audio of the Brizard speech? Did Duncan or Huberman or Vallas ever give a Sunday sermon like this?
Brizard: No ‘educational apartheid’ at Chicago Public Schools Sun Times: “Ninety percent of our kids are black and brown,” Brizard said after his speech at the Apostolic Church of God. “Ninety percent of our resources go to children who are black and brown. How can that be ‘educational apartheid?’ ”
CPS chief makes his case at South Side church Tribune: After a tumultuous week, Chicago Public Schools chiefJean-Claude Brizard took to the pulpit at a storied South Side church on Sunday to defend the controversial decision to close or turn around struggling schools.
Brizard Rejects 'Apartheid' Claim Fox: Sunday ended with a Black History Month celebration, but it started with hard-hitting words from Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard, who took to the pulpit to respond to Reverend Jesse Jackson's threats to file federal complaints against CPS.
PUSH considers making a federal case out of CPS school closings Sun Times: Comments by CPS Chief Administrative Officer Tim Cawley that CPS will not put construction dollars into schools that appear headed for closure in five or 10 years “just makes the case’’ of how unfairly CPS resources are divided. PUSH’s Janette Wilson said.
Closed schools mean more students for turnarounds Catalyst: Increasingly, students from closed schools are being funneled to turnarounds, most of which are being run by AUSL.
CTU Pres. Says Mayor Gave Up on Kids Fox: The escalating rhetoric from the Chicago Teachers Union boiled over Saturday morning when CTU President Karen Lewis accused Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel of giving up on children.
Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 2/24 WTTW: Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss the week's top headlines. [Incl. Catalyst's Lorraine Forte]
Jones College Prep Readies for Longer School Day Chicago Talks: Joseph Powers, principal of Jones College Prep in the South Loop, said he favors extending school hours. He said that students’ performances will be better if they are in school longer.
One-size-fits-all CPS plan won’t work Sun Times (Letter to the editor): Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pushing hard for a 7œ-hour elementary and high school day that would be the longest in the nation. He and his appointed board want this for all 405,000 students in 675 Chicago Public Schools, and they have no funding dedicated for it.
Ex-Antioch High School teacher pleads guilty in grade-tampering case Sun Times: Sara Glashagel, the former Antioch High School teacher accused of changing student grades, has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor computer tampering.
Des Plaines High School Regulates Footloose Dancing Chicago Magazine: Maine West to crack down on inappropriate dancing, from grinding to "bending over." They'll track dirty dancing with wristbands, immortal signal of permission to do things.
Debate skills help students prepare for Common Core Catalyst (Les Lynn and Edie Canter): Nearly 1,500 students—most of them low-income students of color—are debating this year through the League.