The day before the monthly Board meeting was full of protests and pronouncements -- including protests in front of the Mayor's residence that seemed controversial to some -- plus a new analysis of turnarounds from Designs For Change and a reprieve of sorts for the Crane HS community. Check out the news coverage below, or tell us what I missed:
Emanuel says school protest outside his house a response to change Tribune: "I understand people are anxious. I respect that. Because change is hard," Emanuel said at a news conference to announce a new building will be constructed for Malcolm X College. "But watching, year in and year out, kids captured in a system that's failing, is harder."
People have a right to protest Tribune (Mary Smich): By going out of bounds, the protesters are telling the power brokers in a palpable way: Your decisions about our schools affect us in our neighborhoods, in the privacy of our homes.
Study disputes turnaround stats for failing Chicago schools Sun Times: About 33 neighborhood schools with at least 95 percent low-income students outscored equally poor schools “turned around’’ by the Academy for Urban School Leadership.
Last-ditch efforts aim to stop school closings, turnarounds Catalyst: In the past, the district has in some cases backed off following community and parent opposition. The only concession made by CEO Jean-Claude Brizard was the announcement on Tuesday that Crane will house a health sciences high school.
Flurry of new debate before school closings vote WBEZ: Chicago aldermen interrogated school officials for hours Tuesday about their plans to close or turn around the schools, just a day before the board votes on the proposals. Ninth Ward Ald. Anthony Beale told school officials they’d been summoned by the aldermen because of “lack of communication,”..
School protesters pray, sing at Emanuel’s home WBEZ: Hundreds of teachers, community activists, and parents held a demonstration outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home late Monday to protest proposals to close or completely restaff 17 schools.
School closing foes, board members set for showdown Tribune: Hundreds of community activists, parents, students and union leaders are expected to converge Wednesday morning at Chicago Public Schools'headquarters to pressure the school board to reject a reform package that includes closing or overhauling 17...
CPS planning new neighborhood school to replace Crane Tech Tribune: On the eve of Wednesday's board vote on school closings and turnarounds, Chicago Public Schools has reached a deal with community leaders on the West Side to bring in a new neighborhood high school to replace Crane Tech.
In praise of a longer school day Tribune: I'm puzzled by all the controversy over the longer school day in Chicago. We did it at Howe Elementary School, and it has been an amazing success.