So the House and Senate have both approved the closing extension, and the final passage votes are supposed to happen today, but we still don't know what prompted CPS and City Hall to come up with the moratorium idea, whether it was necessary, or even whether it made a difference to the lawmakers to whom it was offered. Lots of links and a little more blathering below.
Among those already concerned about closings, the moratorium idea only seemed to heighten concerns about the process. Among longtime CPS watchers, there are questions about whether the city can pull off the moratorium, which puts things under tremendous pressure both in terms of decisionmaking and implementation. But I still haven't come across much evidence that it was a persuasive element of the extension proposal, or even necessary to win passage -- lawmakers citing it, or switching votes. So....?
Bill to delay school closings announcement moves forward Catalyst: Many of the supporters of the House version of the bill, HB 1957 – including the bill’s own sponsor, Sen. Iris Martinez (D-Chicago) – expressed strong reluctance to granting the deadline extension.No legislators in either chamber had anything positive to say about CPS performance in recent years.
Illinois House, Senate pass dueling versions of CPS school closings measure Tribune: The Illinois House today voted to give Mayor Rahm Emanuel's education team another four months to come up with a list of school closings. The Senate then passed its own bill, but the two chambers must pass the same actual legislation before it can move to the governor’s desk.
Illinois House votes to give Chicago more time on school closings Reuters: The Illinois House voted by a wide margin on Wednesday to give the Chicago Public Schools, the nation's third-largest district, four more months to announce what could be dozens of school closings. The state Senate, which also needs to approve the measure, will vote Thursday, an aide to Senate President John Cullerton said.
Legislators OK bill to give CPS more time to draft school-closing list Sun Times: “Our city has more school buildings, classrooms and desks than it has students, and it is essential that we take time to create a sensible plan that invests our resources most effectively so that every child in every school gets a high-quality education,” Emanuel said in a prepared statement praising Wednesday’s legislative action.
CPS Bill Live Tim Furman: Well played, B3. Now let's all get some popcorn and watch the community engagement blossom like the primroses along the path.
School closing delay gets first okay in Springfield, but some lawmakers have ... WBEZ: despite that criticism, Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett got committee support to delay announcement of which schools the district would close this year. "I'm feeling very happy," Byrd-Bennett said after the votes were taken by.
How to survive Mayor Rahm—learn from ACT UP Reader: It's high time for black and/or working-class activists in Chicago to learn from the gay activists who learned from them. Or at least their predecessors. Get out and rattle some cages and raise your voices. It's probably the only way you'll get Mayor Rahm's attention. Well, other than getting really rich. Then he'll usher you right in. Obviously, the go-along-to-get-along-strategy isn't working.