Strike - Charter Dynamics

The Tribune compares Richard Daley and Rahm. WBEZ notes that not everyone will be out of school if there's a strike - and some CPS parents have already begun to take notice. See yesterday's news for the discussion about the UNO/ St. Scholastica story.

If teachers strike, 50,000 [charter school] kids will still be in school WBEZ: The Chicago Teachers Union and the school district have an agreement on the longer school day, but the two sides still say they are "far apart” on issues like wages and benefits. If Chicago teachers walk out, there will be 50,000 kids still in school.

Like Richard, like Rahm Chicago Tribune: Daley accommodated the union by shortening the school year by seven days — meaning that even with the longer day teachers would be working the same number of hours over the entire school year. Daley also doubled annual raises for teachers, strengthening his relationship with a union that had staged nine strikes over 20 years before he took office.

Charter group to re-open St. Scholastica as co-ed, public school WBEZ: St. Scholastica is the second all-female, Catholic high school in the last year to not only close, but be replaced by a charter school.Maria High School on the Southwest Side is in the process of phasing out, while an elementary charter school run by Catalyst Schools has moved into the building.

Chicago Vocational, a faded architectural jewel, could shine again under $75 million facelift WBEZ: The sprawling Chicago Vocational Career Academy is in line for a significant renovation that would include a new addition, athletic facilities and demolition of portions of the architecturally-significant campus, according to documents made public last week.

Emanuel says 2013 budget hole will be half as bad as expected Clout St: Mayor Rahm Emanuel said today that the city’s estimated budget gap could have topped $700 million, but will be about half that much because of steps his administration has taken.

School district gets new deputy superintendent Las Vegas Review - Journal: Martinez was audit manager at Deloitte & Touche and PricewaterhouseCoopers before switching to education as the chief financial officer and budget director of Chicago Public Schools for almost seven years.

5 more men file sex abuse claims against order from Chicago-area high schools Sun Times: Five more men have filed claims in bankruptcy court alleging they were sexually abused as boys while attending Catholic schools operated by the Irish Christian Brothers, according to a Chicago law firm that’s representing the men.


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  • Dear Rod, what can you tell me about the new Chief Officer of Special Education, Dr. Markay L. Winston and the new Chief Transformation Officer, Todd Babbitz?

  • I missed an opportunity CPS offered me and the CEO of Access Living to interview Dr. Winston because we were both out of the state. I know Dr. Winston has worked with Harvard University on its Universal Design for learning project and implemented the concept at two schools in Cincinnati, like Dr. Smith she was a school psychologist prior to becoming an administrator.

    I know what CPS has posted in relation to Mr. Babbitz. Based on the information CPS has provided I suspect that Mr. Babbitz was forced out of Hewitt Associates the last major employer listed for Mr. Babbitz by CPS in their PR release. Another major officer at Hewitt, Chris Ryan, also exited about that time. The division Mr. Babbitz worked for, Benefits Outsourcing, was taken over by Aon Consulting in July of 2010.

    Since Mr. Babbitz was an officer for Hewitt he presumably cashed out his stock options at about $25.61 a share and a relatively tiny amount of Aon stock. Why Mr. Babbitz would take a relatively lower paying position in the public sector is unknown to me.

    Rod Estvan

  • I found the comment in the WBEZ story by UNO charter school in relation to its leasing of St. Scholastica to be strange. Mr. Rangel was quoted as stating "St. Scholastica was built because of German immigrants that came and they provided a school for girls in that period. In some ways, I think UNO creates that tie, but it’s also the handing over the torch to a new generation of immigrants in that community.”

    Based on the 2010 census data for Rogers Park there has been a huge decline in it's Hispanic population. In 2000 there were 17,639 residents identifying as Hispanic, by 2010 that number declined to 13,434. The most dramatic decline in Hispanic population in Chicago was in Logan Square, where the non-Hispanic white population grew by 7,000, while the number of Hispanics dropped by 16,000. Most of the new residents are affluent white singles. That pattern of gentrification can also be seen in Humboldt Park, Uptown, Rogers Park, North Center and Lakeview. The total population decline in Rogers Park from 2000 to 2010 was13.4% or 8,493 people. About half of that loss was Hispanics.

    Larger Hispanic families with lower incomes are being priced out of Rogers Park along with Edgewater and there is no evidence that is going to change in the next ten years. The reality is that if UNO wants to fill the St. Scholastica building with Hispanic students they are going to have to travel to that school from outside of the Rogers Park community or UNO is going to have to take Hispanic students who would have attended already existing charter schools in the community.

    The reason St. Scholastica closed wasn't just based on the inability of families to pay tuition, it was also based on the fact families with higher incomes that have moved into both Edgewater and Rogers Park want higher end private co-educational options than St. Scholastica could provide. Hence we have seen an expansion of high end private schools on the north side ranging from the British School, Chicago Waldorf School,Near North Montessori, to Rogers Park Montessori School and on and on.

    The future for UNO is the suburbs, not the north side of the city.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    And irritatingly, the day that St Scholastica announced that it was closing, Rickover asked for the building, and the Board said they would look into it. In June, Rickover was told that the Board was still looking into it. Obviously Rickover got the runaround on that one (probably because Rickover is a union school, not a pet charter school, despite being a Ren 2010 and selective enrollment).

  • I also wondered what hispanic population he meant in Rogers Park. He would have been better off acknowledging the variety of immigrant populations that make up Rogers Park. On a side note I am a graduate of St. Scholastica and A CPS teacher and although I am glad that the building will be used for education I am very sad to see UNO taking it over. I hope they realize what a treasure they have.

  • Didn't Maria HS in Marquette Park just go charter for the coming school year? They're teaching out their classes of HS girls, but are now bringing in elementary students and HS freshman co-ed classes, I heard. Wonder if families are sending their kids.

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