Today's news includes questions about the Clemente IB program proposal, plus questions about community schools and the summer safe haven program. In an interview over the weekend, Brizard blandly slammed his predecessors' efforts as incoherent and misleading. Which is funny because that's what Arne Duncan says everyone else has been doing under NCLB:
Emanuel promises new IB schools will get kids to college, but many could end up on vocational track WBEZ: What the mayor and schools CEO have not said is that a good percentage of students in Chicago’s new wall-to-wall IB schools could actually end up in a new and untested International Baccalaureate technical education track.
Community schools funding in question Catalyst: CPS spokeswoman Robyn Ziegler says that the budget is not final, and would not confirm or deny whether organizations are receiving word about cuts. The budget must be approved at the August school board meeting.
CPS Launches Summer Safe Haven Program CBS: The Chicago Public Schools and 60 area churches are partnering up to try to keep kids safe this summer.
Chicago Public Schools CEO Brizard: Predecessors efforts were 'incoherent' ABC: "We in many ways were lying to parents and to kids about proficiency," Brizard said. "We have kids that are graduating out of elementary school going to high school being told they're proficient and they're not."
Madigan: Downstate, suburbs, need to pay up Sun Times: In Chicago, the Chicago Public Schools funds its teacher pensions without help from the state based on money it collects from taxes on Chicago property owners ...
Making more than symbolic change in our schools Boston Globe (blog post): As Mayor Emanuel begins his fight with the Chicago teachers union over lengthening the school day, he certainly appreciates reporters who pitch the battle in ...
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