Today's education news: Chicago is selling school buildings. The summer violence is appalling. Eric Zorn is mad at Joe Moore about the elected school board resolution. The start of school is fast approaching (or already started for some kids and teachers). South Loop parents might want to use Jones.
Brizard To Call Parents Personally To Remind Them Of First Day Of School CBS: If you’re the parent of a Chicago Public Schools student, you might just get a personal call from executive officer Jean-Claude Brizard.
Some Chicago charter schools back in session ABCL: Chicago Public Schools is in the midst of working out its plans for a longer school day as students plan to head back to school after Labor Day at the neighborhood schools. The mayor and the CEO of CPS will be at LEARN Hunter Perkins Campus on the ..
CPS students protest against gun violence Sun-Times: The group, donning red shirts and signs, hoped to get the attention of public officials and others as they marched escorted by police about a half-mile from the Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, to the Chicago Public School headquarters at 125 S. Clark.
CPS putting surplus buildings up for sale Chicago Sun-Times: While retailers are rolling out back-to-school sales, the Chicago Public Schools are planning a sale, too, except that it's not about backpacks and blue jeans. It's about real estate. CPS wants to get rid of surplus property.
Teacher union boss bends to school reform winds Reuters: But the resolution specifically cited five cities, including Chicago, the nation's third-largest public school system, where teachers represented by the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) have been involved in bitter contract talks with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
'Presto Joe' makes more than just a school-reform idea vanish Chicago Tribune (Zorn): With one metaphorical, magical swing of his gavel, Ald. Joe Moore, 49th, recently turned 96 hours into 48 hours and — zim zalla bim! — made a potential embarrassment for Mayor Rahm Emanuel disappear.
For the Record: Elected School Board Catalyst: It is a common misconception that the Chicago mayor acquired the authority to appoint the School Board in 1995. In fact, in Chicago, the mayor has always appointed the School Board, at least during the lifetime of anyone now living.
The future of LeClaire Courts Chicago Reporter: The parents said they'd been asking for the Chicago Public Schools to do something with the building for years, but instead, they waited and wanted to demolish it because they claimed it was in extensive disrepair.
South Loop community interested in using Jones building for a new High School CPSObsessed: I learned on Alderman Bob Fioretti’s Twitter feed that there’s a new group in the south Loop working to try to establish a new neighborhood high school for kids living in and near the south Loop, to be housed in the current Jones College Prep building. JCP is getting a new facility nearby, which will be completed and ready for that school’s selectively enrolled freshmen in fall 2013.
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