While rumors swirl about further changes at CPS, the most concrete tidbits out there seem to be a City Hall plan to close and sell off Chicago school buildings and create a slew of new charter schools so that Chicago has the 25-35 percent charter percentage that some other cities (DC, New Orleans) have already reached. It's another rumor -- no details -- and could like the JCB rumor not pan out (or at least not immediately). There's always the chance that these things are being planted by folks who want to create pressure or distract from other things.
Rahm Emanuel Considers Closing 100 Chicago Public Schools CDO: Along with the closures will come a vast expansion of charter schools. Emanuel has 150 half empty public schools that are a drain on tax dollars. With Chicago, having lost 200,000 people in the last Census: change is in the air.
Rahm Emanuel proves to be a quick study on education Crain's: Scan the headlines, watch the news, and you'll have no doubt that education is Mayor Rahm Emanuel's No. 1 priority. In rapid-fire news conferences, he has launched more than a dozen major initiatives.
Lunchroom workers union reaches pact with CPS Sun Times: The union has been objecting that more than one-third of CPS elementary schools serve re-heated frozen food from “warming kitchens,’’ or what the union calls “kitchens without cooks.’’ Nine of 11 elementary schools completed under former Mayor Daley’s Modern …
Emanuel sloughs off Daley’s criticism of longer school day Sun Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday sloughed off his first public break with his predecessor and political mentor, former Mayor Richard M. Daley, over Daley’s surprise opposition to a longer school day.
Service Learning, Collaboration Produces “The Blues Truth” ChicagoTalks: On three visits, the students investigated how a black woman could survive and thrive as a South Side blues club owner for more than two decades, given the historical silencing of women by white and black men and oppression against “wild blues women.”