Lots about the excess supply of schools and the coming down-sizing in today's news, plus some tidbits about who might (or might not) to help fix low-performing schools. (Look for a great / horrifying quote from Tim Knowles comparing the recent labor unrest with the coming wave of closings.) There's also a slew of stories about the budget Emanuel is rolling out via press rounds. Plus Lincoln Park Elementary wants - and may get - a middle school building.
DOWNSIZING / TURNAROUNDS
Emanuel on ‘consolidating’ under-used schools: ‘We know we have to do it’ Sun Times: Chicago Public Schools have 600,000 seats and only 400,000 kids, underscoring the need to “consolidate” under-utilized schools that should been closed over the last decade, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday.
CPS asks charter networks to consider turnarounds Tribune: Because so many underenrolled schools are in black neighborhoods, "the decisions that the district makes to close or consolidate schools are incredibly difficult ones," said Tim Knowles. "No matter whether the district closes or consolidates 60 or 100 or let alone 120 schools, it's going to be at a scale Chicago has never seen before... "The strike will seem like a walk in the park."BUDGET PRESS
Speed-camera revenues figure in Mayor Emanuel’s ‘children first’ budget Sun Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he’s counting on up to $30 million in fines from speed cameras installed at roughly 40 schools and parks to help bankroll his “children first” budget. The fast roll-out of a speed camera plan delayed by legal and technical complications helps to explain how Emanuel was able to keep his hands out of taxpayers’ pockets for 2013 and still make a big investment in kids.
Emanuel meets with Trib editorial board Tribune: The Chicago Tribune editorial board met with Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wednesday and asked him about all kinds of challenges facing the city.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel WTTW: Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2013 budget signals relative calm before a coming fiscal storm. The mayor joins Carol Marin for a one-on-one conversation.
Emanuel budget speech: No tax hikes, but pension woes loom Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel today unveiled a new budget that he says doesn't include new tax, fine or fee increases but contains a warning about the financial havoc the city's looming government worker pension problem could wreak.
Lincoln Park school pushing cash-strapped CPS for new facility Sun-Times: On its face, a “demand” from the Lincoln Elementary School LSC that the cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools build a $30 million middle school is ridiculous. The school district is facing a $1 billion deficit, and we still aren't clear on how it ...
Should Chicago have an elected school board? Austin Weekly News: About 15,000 people in 26 wards signed a petition to put this question on ballots: Should the Chicago Public Schools have an elected school board? The general election is on Nov.