Today's big news is the Board meeting and related protests from yesterday, including questions about how CPS will pay for the longer day deal they made earlier this week. A couple of stories about going back to an elected board.
Teachers, charters rally at School Board meeting Catalyst: “You got the board to climb out of their bulldozer,” Sharkey said. In exchange for having additional art, music and enrichment teachers hired, the CTU said it would accept the longer school day that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pushing—though the mayor and the board have the right to impose a longer day in any case.
Teachers picket outside CPS headquarters Tribune: During Wednesday's demonstration by union supporters, a crowd of about 100 charter school backers carried their own signs nearby. That group and the union teachers traded insults across Clark Street. Union teachers chanted, "We teach all kids," aimed at charter schools' reputation for removing poorly performing students or those with discipline problems.
How will Chicago pay for plan to hire 477 teachers? ABC7: "It's unclear how CPS plans to continue funding the teacher pensions, funding everything else the district's responsible for when its revenue keeps declining and the costs keep going up," said Rebecca Harris ofCatalyst Chicago
Mayor: Money to hire new teachers won’t come from charter school budget Sun Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday refused to say where he will find the $40 to $50 million needed to hire 477 teachers to staff his longer school day, but said it will not be at the expense of charter schools.
Aldermen, community groups call again for elected school board WBEZ: Chicago hasn’t had an elected school board since 1995 when the state put the mayor in charge of schools.
The Fight for an Elected School Board WTTW: Aldermen and activists are stepping up the fight for an elected school board. Paris Schutz has the story.
Rep. Burke's scholarship records subpoenaed by feds Tribune: Federal grand jurors have sought records of legislative scholarships handed out by Democratic state Rep. Dan Burke of Chicago, a sign that authorities kept up a probe of the tuition waiver program even as legislators were moving to end it this spring.
Fleeing Public Schools FrontPage Magazine: In Chicago Public Schools, twenty-four students were fatally shot during the 2011-12 school year, with the overall shooting toll at 319, the highest in four years and a nearly 22 percent increase from the previous school year.
Man claims defamation after his face, name put in 2012 ‘Gang Book’ Sun Times: Edward Arroyo claims he is not a member of a gang and has never been affiliated with one, though the book lists him as the leader of the Spanish Gangster Disciples based out of Roselle, according to the suit filed Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court.