3.5 Day Weekend

Today's news includes some stories about school rankings and ACT scores, plus a follow-up story about the elected school board, a recap of a recent UofC panel on the strike, and a bunch of miscellaneous stories about winter coats, dirty cafeterias, etc.  Oh, and it's a half day for all tracks, and Monday is no classes for Veterans Day, so have fun with that.  Feel free to tell us what you're doing at your school with the other half of the day (or for childcare). 


Chicago-area schools produce multiple top ACT scores among students Tribune: A select group of districts across the Chicago region are producing multiple top scores among their students — and certain schools in the north and near northwest suburbs are particularly prolific. Li's school notched 13 top scores in the class of 2013, according to ACT. In Lincolnshire, Adlai E. Stevenson High School's class of 2013 topped New Trier, with 14.

Five District 65 schools ranked top 100 by Chicago Sun-Times Daily Northwestern: The majority of Evanston/Skokie District 65 schools landed in the top 10 percent in the ChicagoSun-Times' annual ranking of Illinois public schools.


Panel dissects Chicago teachers' strike The Chicago Maroon: Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teacher Sarah Chambers, a member of the teacher activist group that laid the groundwork for the strike, Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE), said that the build-up was five years in the making.

Aldermen push for city-wide referendum on elected school board Sun Times:  Only the state General Assembly could make the switch to an elected board. But, overwhelming approval of a citywide referendum would give momentum to the grass-roots movement by voters fed up with the “top-down” decisions made by Emanuel’s handpicked Board of Education.


School bus driver was drunk while taking kids to class in Chicago, prosecutors say Sun Times: A Chicago Public Schools bus driver was allegedly drunk while he drove four students to a North Side school this week. And he attacked a cop after slipping out of his handcuffs in a police lockup, authorities said. Kenny Sellers, 41, was stopped by a police officer in the 4100 block of North Lawndale Tuesday morning.

As CPS shows, time is now for real school choice SouthtownStar: Sullivan anticipates a bill being introduced next year in the Legislature that would offer opportunity scholarships to children attending the bottom 10 percent of Chicago Public Schools. These schools are failing our most vulnerable children — those ...

More than 800 free coats distributed to CPS students Fox:  More than 800 Chicago Public Schools students received new winter coats this week.

FOX Chicago exposes dirty school cafeterias Fox:Hirsch High School's cafeteria is back open after a student got sick after eating mouse droppings in her nachos, but a FOX Chicago investigation shows rodent droppings are a problem at many Chicago Public Schools.

Joseph Martinez, 1922-2012 Chicago Tribune: Mr. Martinez specialized in bilingual education as a Chicago Public Schools teacher in what is now Cooper Elementary Dual Language Academy in Pilsen. During much of that time, he also taught adults in evening courses for the City Colleges of Chicago ...



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  • Actually, it's a 4.5 day weekend for Track R students- b/c Tues 11/13 is Report card pick-up day in Elementary & HS

  • I just read the Trib article about the 3 suburban students with perfect 36 ACT scores. Well.....Whitney Young HS has 5 students with perfect 36 ACT scores this year. Go Dolphins! (When is someone gonna do an article about that?)

  • In reply to cpsmama:

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but did you read the article? New Trier had 13 top scorers. Thirteen. Stevenson had more -- 14. One would only hope that a school that accepts ONLY the top students in a student population as large as Chicago's would product at least 5 top scorers.

    Not newsworthy, but nevertheless, it is a great accomplishment. So, Go Dolphins and all the rest and congratulations to all.

  • New Trier and Stevenson students are born in the end zone and think they scored a touchdown. Nevertheless 6 (or 36 points) is still a touchdown. Good job. You worked hard, but still... Wilmette is pretty sweet. Many WY and other SE students aren't born in the endzone, or on the 50 yard line, or even on the field. No, they have to wake up at 5 am so they can catch the 63rd St. bus to the Red Line and then to the Blue Line all the while dodging GDz, BDz, LKz, and assorted flotsam and jetsam. Good job? No, OUTSTANDING!! That was the greatest touchdown of all time.

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