Today's news is mostly about more reaction coverage to Wednesday's Board meeting. Emanuel quotes MLK. Brizard says students won. Curtis Black notes that not even Bronzeville got consideration for its Dyett plans. Zorn defends his "open" contract negotiations idea.
Brizard on Turnarounds: Students Won Fox: The Chicago School Board voted Wednesday to close or turnaround more than a dozen schools. Parents and the Chicago Teachers Union have slammed the decision, saying the distribution of resources in CPS amounts to “apartheid.”
Parents, teachers angry at CPS turnaround vote ABC7: Parents, students and activists protested but could not stop the Chicago Public Schools board from approving a controversial plan to close some schools and turn around others.
Rahm Emanuel: Protests over school closings ‘noise associated with change’ Sun Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday he’s sensitive to the “noise associated with change” caused by the decision to close or turn around 17 underperforming schools, but he said he’s more concerned about the deafening “silence of failure.”
‘Change is hard’ CMW (Curtis): Brizard never had the decency to mention that the schools they were talking about were on the chopping block.
Change of Subject: On tactics Eric Zorn: We don't have to follow every idea we embrace to its absurd extreme; because exploring and debating where the reasonable limits should be is part of productive and enlightening discourse.
Loud Schools Debate Misses Mark CNC (Warren): This isn’t really Little Rock, 1957, even if the South and West Sides have long been victimized by inequities in city services and even if Mr. Jackson touched on the underlying challenge by exhibiting a firm grasp of the obvious that others often miss.
State House: Chicago cop vs. lawyer who's son of Dem committeeman Sun Times: That position has gained Martwick endorsements from the Chicago Teachers Union, the Illinois Federation of Teachers and the Fraternal Order of Police. Some police officers have criticized the FOP for failing to endorse Stoppa, a fellow cop.
When and Where Will Richard Milburn H.S. Move CCOC: The Chatham community is waiting on CPS to drop the bomb on Richard Milburn H.S. This alternative high school was and is still not welcome in the community and the calls for it to move have not stopped.
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