There's lots of honeymoon thinking in the sentiment and the coverage surrounding the appointment of Barbara Byrd-Bennett to replace Jean Claude Brizard, but there's also a growing awareness that neither the strike nor the removal of Brizard changes the problems CPS faces: the budget, the excess seats, the dwindling enrollment, the achievement levels lower than other big cities. The Sun Times analysis echoes many of the things that I and others have been saying about the structural problems in the City Hall-CPS relationship that need to be changed. Oh, and Matt Damon was spotted wearing a CTU hat.
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Emanuel needs to give new CPS boss space Sun Times: Whether the professional marriage between Rahm Emanuel and Barbara Byrd-Bennett will last longer than the 17-month-long and newly annulled first marriage between the mayor and his schools CEO will depend on Emanuel’s willingness to grow, change and above all, let go.
Challenges abound for new CPS chief Tribune: Having played a key role in negotiations that ended the rancorous teachers strike last month, new Chicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett now faces a coming battle over school closings. "There is a process," Byrd-Bennett said of the potential ...
Mark Brown: Mayor’s caginess on Brizard irritating Sun Times Mark Brown: Let’s put this right on the table: when you’re stuck paying an employee more than an extra year’s pay for him to just go away barely 18 months after he was hired, then somebody made a mistake.
Local teacher wins People mag honor Sun Times: People Magazine chose a Humboldt Park native as one of five winners in its inaugural Teacher of the Year contest. Robert J. Vega, 31, teaches band to 350 students at Rauner College Prep High School, a Noble Charter campus in West Town.
5 dead, 25 wounded in weekend shootings Sun Times: On Saturday night, a 16-year-old boy was killed and an 18-year-old was seriously injured when they were shot while hanging out in the front yard of a building in the 6300 block …