It's a mix of topics in today's news roundup -- the struggles of getting into an SE school from a top tier (and the increase in the proportion of white kids who get in anyway), the violence on the South Side last night, a new study about principal turnover, and Louder Than A Bomb 2012.
Scoring a slot at some CPS college preps: Near perfection required Sun Times: Nearly perfect scores — and perfect grades. That’s what it took this year for many eighth graders to win admission to the most selective of the city’s selective-enrollment public high schools. ALSO: Did your neighborhood change CPS tiers?
Minorities fail to get into top grammar schools Chicago Reporter: While white students’ overall enrollment has shrunk, the share of white students attending the city’s strongest grade schools grew by 2 percentage points between the fall of 2009—when a federal judge lifted a long-running desegregation consent decree—and the fall of 2011, the analysis shows.
Students Return To Class After Deadly School Stabbing CBS Local: AMI Kids is the private, Florida-based company under contract with the Chicago Public Schools to operate the school for students with behavioral and emotional problems.
Family of teen killed in stabbing at school: ‘We are not good’ Sun Times: The sister of a 17-year-old boy killed at a South Side school Thursday said her brother wanted out of the school. “He said all the kids did at that [new] school was gangbang,” she said. The teen accused in the attack, which also injured another student, is in police custody.
CPS board member responds to student stabbing WBEZ: The nonprofit that runs the school says no security guard is on site for the roughly 20 students there, but staff is trained in managing behavior and de-escalating conflicts. The school serves students with behavioral or learning problems.
Bd of Ed Vice President Jesse Ruiz takes calls on 'Schools on the Line' WBEZ: Questions about the recent school closings and turnarounds were on the minds of callers during the March broadcast of Schools on the Line. Ruiz also talked about a rumored contract proposal from the Chicago Teachers Union to pay teachers 30 percent more over the next two years.
Principal Turnover Bodes Poorly for Schools EdWeeK The mix of principals studied included those who came through New Leaders training, as well as those who attended other leadership programs.
Louder Than a Bomb WTTW: Young poets and storytellers compete this week at the Louder Than a Bomb festival. We talk to the co-founder of the fest and one of its stars.
Map via Sun Times (see link above)