School Closing Transparency

A Fenger mom sues, Evergreen park teachers still at odds with the district, CTU sues, aldermen weigh in on school closings, and researchers wonder about test scores and lead exposure.

Mom of former Fenger High QB sues CPS Sun Times: His mother, Beverly Boone, claims that CPS declared him ineligible to play high school football “as a matter of spite” after she pulled him out of Fenger in November 2011 in fear for …

Pensions, make-up days key issues in Evergreen Park teachers strike WBEZ: Teachers in south suburban Evergreen Park have been on strike for a week now, putting roughly 1,800 students out of school.

Aldermen want more transparency, hearings on school closings Catalyst: Nearly two-thirds of aldermen signed a resolution calling for CPS officials to come before them and explain their decisions on which schools they plan to close and why they plan to open more charters at a time of fiscal crisis.

Teachers Union suit goes after law cracking down on public pension abuse Tribune: Fearing  cuts to the pension benefits of its “ordinary” members, the Chicago Teachers Union filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court Tuesday.

School Testing and the Burden of Childhood Lead Exposure Chicago Magazine: Studies of Massachusetts and Milwaukee schoolkids suggest that one straightforward way to improve school performance, even on standardized tests alone, is to reduce lead exposure.




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  • Unions spend $$ on lobbying/campaign funding but @aftunion didn't offer strike pay to @ctulocal1 #5bb @modschool

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