UPDATED 11:50AM; Finally some details on the proposed 100 schools we were hearing about last month, via the Tribune (here). The gist is that CPS wants to create 60 more charters over five years, effectively doubling the percentage of Chicago kids who go to charters to 25 percent, plus 40 more other schools to make a round 100. Sounds like Renaissance 2010 all over again, doesn't it? They're looking for a $20M grant from Gates mostly for facilities -- which might be hard to get considering that the new Gates charter school expansion initiative is just $40M. The non-charter 40 would be turnarounds, magnets, IBs, and STEMS. According to the story, CPS has 110 charter schools already, which is a higher number than I remember seeing previously.
UPDATED: Here's the rest of the day's education news. Anything else going on that I missed, let us know.
Hackers take on science Chicago Journal
There were the more ambitious and techy like Yang's Arm Alarm, but there was also a Chicago Public Schools teacher who had written a children's book about astronomy who needed help illustrating it and creating a website and app.
Crunch time for high schoolers taking AP exams WBEZ: If the 17-year-old in your life seems more stressed lately, it might have less to do with prom and more to do with school.
Voters side with CTU on school reform Catalyst: Chicago voters overwhelmingly back Mayor Rahm Emanuel's push to extend the school day, but far more of them side with the teachers union than the mayor on overall efforts to improve education, a new Tribune/WGN-TV poll shows.
Teachers union sets big protest rally right after NATO Crain's: The Chicago Teachers' Union has scheduled a big rally at the Auditorium Theater for Wednesday, May 23. The union is promising that more than 4000 members will show up for the event, and you can bet they'll be loud in making their case that they're not .
What about the neighborhoods? CMW: The Grassroots Collaborative is offering visiting journalists bus tours of working-class neighborhoods struggling with violence, foreclosures, and clinic closings — and they’re questioning the millions of dollars being spent on entertainment at the NATO summit.
Chicago's charter school gamble Chicago Current:This strikes me as an easy way for the district, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, to gain some attention on the school-reform front and appease some parents without spending a ton of money. But it will surely antagonize the union, and it may not actually lead to better-educated kids.
NATO Summit prompts police grievance by Chicago cops over OT pay Sun Times:Chicago police officers who work overtime during the NATO summit will be paid in cash — and denied the option of taking compensatory time — triggering a class-action grievance by the police union. The preemptive grievance — potentially affecting 3,100 police officers assigned to NATO duty if they all choose comp time over cash — was posted on the official website of the Fraternal Order of Police.
Scenes From The Pension Rally In Evanston School Tech Connect: Very decent turnout for an almost spur-of-the-moment demonstration in front of Jeff Schoenberg's office in Evanston this afternoon. I know they're going to ramrod something like Quinn's proposal through, and as I've said before, it's going to lose in court. IFT's director of research, Bob Shaevel, basically confirms that analysis in the clip below.