Today's education news: The Tribune has a big package of stories about just how frequently and chronically CPS students are absent. There's a little more about school closings-- Soto says she doesn't know, Reuters writes up the Dyett debate, plus a planned prostest. Plus some school food stories and a look back at Byrd-Bennett in Cleveland.
F in attendance for city schools Tribune: A Tribune investigation has found that nearly 32,000 Chicago students in public elementary schools — or roughly 1 in 8 — missed four weeks or more of class during the 2010-11 year, as the cash-strapped district does little to stem a devastating problem.
Report: Roughly 1 of 8 Chicago Public Schools students missed 4 weeks or ... The Republic: Nearly 32,000 elementary school students inChicago Public Schools — roughly 1 in 8 — missed four weeks or more of class in the 2010-11 school year, according to a published report Sunday.
Small town could offer anti-truancy model for Chicago Tribune: While the Chicago Public Schools lack a sustained and focused effort to combat elementary-level truancy, school districts across the state are finding ways to fight the problem and having success, one child at a time.
City Schools Graded "F" in Attendance, Report NBC Chicago: The report provides new insight into a school system plagued by turnovers and a strike, all in one year. Currently, the new CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has been working on a list of schools that will close.
An empty-desk epidemic Chicago Tribune: Starting as early as kindergarten, tens of thousands of children in Chicago public schools are missing so many days of class that their educations are in peril. But little is being done to get them back in school
Groups to protest CPS closings Monday Chicago Tribune: Chicago Public Schools officials announced this month that they will ask state legislators for an extension on when school closings will be announced, from Dec. 1 to March 31. CPS has said they need the extra time to engage the public.
State lawmakers, school leaders in talks about delay in school closings news WBEZ: The head of Chicago Public Schools wants more time to figure out which schools to close next year. But first she has to get state lawmakers to agree to the extra time. State Rep. Cynthia Soto (D-Chicago) says she has not yet agreed to extend the December 1 deadline for announcing school closings.
Chicago School Closing Plan Ignites Backlash Over Dyett High Huffington Post: Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett speaks, accompanied by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel at a news conference, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green).
As Barbara Byrd-Bennett takes over the Chicago schools, a look back at her ... Plain Dealer
As the news breaks that onetime Cleveland school CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett would take over her third troubled big-city school district, Chicago's, here's a selection of stories from The Plain Dealer's files from her busy and sometimes controversial tenure.
Union-Backed Ballot Measures Mostly Fared Well Truth-Out: The Chicago Teachers Union, already facing a battle with the city over members' own underfunded pension, mobilized members to vote no, but early on, people involved were confident the amendment would fail. CTU Legislative Director Stacy Davis Gates ...
No Gatorade, whole milk at Chicago Public Schools? Sun-Times: Gatorade, vitamin drinks and even whole milk would be barred from sale in Chicago Public Schools during school hours under a new “Healthy Snack and Beverage” policy up for a school board vote this week. Selling chocolate bars for school fund-raisers ..