There's not much news but lots of reader commentary about which schools are slated to close as CPS downsizes. I may be alone but I feel like it shouldn't be that hard to figure out given past lists and current enrollment levels. If your school has been on the under-enrollment list in the past, and is still under-enrolled, then, well... that's a start. You're allowed a certain amount of concern about your personal well-being, but maybe your time would be better spent educating the kids in front of you and earning back the trust of the parents in your community?
Anyway, in other news: Greg Hinz has Stephanie Galdin complaining about the NCTQ report on the contract. Daley lofts a soft slam against Emanuel's handling of the strike (but then again Daley never got much out of his contracts. Tim Fuhrman says that the charter commission will overrule Rockford but what about Chicago?
Hawk Harrelson has been named baseball's most biased announcer WBEZ: The union has asked for a list of schools the Board plans to close, but the board denies the existence of such a list.
Daley Sort Of Criticizes Emanuel's Handling Of Teachers Strike Chicagoist: "It's easy to blame everyone and national politics is to blame people. But when you take responsibility, in 95 that's what I said. Don't blame the teachers, let's all work together to make it a better education system for all," Daley said.
Who really came out on top in the Chicago teachers strike? Crain's: Union spokeswoman Stephanie Gadlin raised serious objections to the analysis, if not the facts on which the analysis was based. Allowing principals full freedom to select their staffs "is a back-door route to churning out teachers and keeping costs down and, second, excuses principals from developing their staffs," she said.
PTA sues rival PTO for trademark infringement, false advertising Sun Times: The Chicago-based National Parent Teacher Assocation on Wednesday sued the for-profit parent company of the Massachusetts-based PTO Today, charging that organization with trademark infringement, false advertising and deceptive trade practices.
Free flu shots offered across Chicago WGN: The Chicago Department of Public Health is urging everyone to get vaccinated against influenza, and you can do it for free.
There's something happening here Tribune: Then the Chicago Teachers Union strike happened. What was most notable was that this was not a typical strike of recent years, where a small number of strikers passively picket a site and the real action is going on at the bargaining table.
Chicago Gives Students More Time to Succeed Bloomberg: In his feud with the Chicago Teachers Union, Mayor Rahm Emanuel won a major victory for Chicago's students: increasing the amount of time they spend in the classroom. Admittedly, the students might not immediately appreciate the gift Emanuel has won ...
Chicago's Poor Neighborhoods: Everything Deserts Whet Moser: In many cities, poor neighborhoods have a high concentration of stores, services, and other organizations, often higher than in wealthier neighborhoods. Not in Chicago.
Can Public Schools Really Change?Slate Magazine:As the recent Chicago teacher strike demonstrated, public school systems are phenomenally difficult institutions to change. The array of competing forces—unions, politicians, parents, principals, charter schools, state and national bureaucrats—gums ...
Ixnay on the Arter-Chay Tim Furman: Look for Heather Steans' state charter commission to overrule the Rockford school board. Anyhoo three cheers for democratic oversight out in Rockford.