The Tribune has some more news about the paid protesters. The Tribune editorial page comes out in favor of turnarounds, and cites the Consortium study about which Linda Lenz and others have asked questions (see earlier posts). LSC lawsuits. Koldyke defends AUSL. Eulogy for Crane. Sexual assault at LPHS alleged. And a few other things. Want more? See @district299 updates from over the weekend and/or reader comments.
Pro-Emanuel education groups organized by mayoral ally Tribune: Watkins, a longtime education advocate, said he did not need help organizing the community. But Resolute has provided Watkins and other pastors with "professional expertise" and "technical support."
Inside team Rahm: Emanuel taps best minds in country for advice Sun Times: Asked whom he consults on Hispanic issues, the mayor threw out only one name: former Emanuel campaign operative Juan Rangel, whose United Neighborhood Organization runs a burgeoning network of charter schools for the Chicago Board of Education.
The real discrimination Tribune (editorial page): The Chicago Teachers Union and some local school council members have joined in a lawsuit to try to block Chicago Public Schools from closing and overhauling 17 of the city's worst-performing schools.
LSC members sue Chicago school board to stop school closings WBEZ: A group of local school council members filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Chicago Board of Education in an attempt to keep their schools from being closed or completely restaffed by the district.
Voice of the People (Martin Koldyke): AUSL will not give up on these children; it is Chicago's moral obligation to prepare them for a bright and promising future.
If a High School Dies, Where Does the Glory Go? CNC: Crane was a charter member of the Chicago Public League in 1913. It is second in the city for most league titles with 11. (Its rival Marshall has 12.) The school has produced numerous N.B.A. players, including Ken Norman, Tony Allen and Will Bynum, as well as the longtime Chicago Bears owner George Halas.
Teens face sex-abuse charges at high school Sun Times: Three teenage boys who allegedly coerced a 16-year-old into performing oral sex in a Lincoln Park High School stairwell face misdemeanor criminal sexual abuse charges.
City sticker runner-up doesn’t want design used amid controversy Sun Times: A Resurrection High School senior, who won the city’s annual vehicle sticker design contest by default last week after the winning design was pulled because of concerns about gang symbols, has requested that her sticker not be used.
Proposal would have schools take on future pension costs, not debt Daily Herald: As suburban school officials remain skittish about the idea of paying more toward teachers' retirements, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said a proposal he's considering would spare local districts the cost of covering the immense pension debt the state has racked up.
Suburban Chicago Schools Lag as Bilingual Needs Grow NYT: A Catalyst Chicago analysis of 2011 scores on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test showed that in 4 of the 10 suburban districts with the highest percentages of non-English-speaking students, reading scores of eighth-grade Latinos lagged far behind scores of white students, with achievement gaps of 17 to 23 percentage points.
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