In today's education news you'll see that there are basically three options being discussed right now: Should CPS delay the school closing process this year -- the CPS-favored option; continue the process but declare a moratorium on opening new charter schools -- some aldermen seem to like this idea; or, call the whole thing off for this year at least -- CTU's current position?
Aldermen take CPS to task over school closings Catalyst: At one point, Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd Ward) asked CPS officials if they would commit to putting off the opening of charter schools for at least a year, as they try to “right-size” the district. Babbitz said he was not in a position to make that promise. CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett was not in attendance at the hearing.
Aldermen question CPS ‘right-sizing,’ opening charters in ‘haphazard’ way Sun Times: Aldermen upset about the prospect of massive school closings amid an expected charter expansion Tuesday got a lot of reassurances but not as many specifics from Chicago Public School officials.
Teachers union chief slams 'top-down' reform Tribune: Showing the same combativeness that was on display during the recent strike, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said Tuesday that the wealthy backers of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's efforts to overhaul the city's troubled schools should donate money to support public education but otherwise butt out.
Chicago Teachers Union president takes her message to City Club of Chicago Crain's: Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, took swipes at her critics and used dramatic hyperbole to get her message across during Tuesday's regular meeting of the City Club of Chicago.
CTU head to lobby against extending school closing deadline WBEZ: Lewis, who spoke to reporters after delivering remarks at a City Club luncheon, said she still wants to "see a whole plan" from school officials.
CTU chief Karen Lewis rips 'corporate meddling' in schools Chicago Sun-Times: An emotional Karen Lewis, the feisty president of the Chicago Teachers Union, denounced many school reforms as “corporate meddling,” Tuesday and told civic and business leaders not to discount poverty in how Chicago's children learn.
Chicago Schools CEO Vows To Address Truancy Problem CBS2 Chicago: See what your friends have read on CBS Local sites. Use "Remove" or "Turn off" to disable at any time. Barbara Byrd-Bennett discusses her appointment as chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools, replacing Jean-Claude Brizard.
Diane Ravitch on Education Reform WTTW: She was one of the strongest voices in the school reform movement, but less than a decade ago, Diane Ravitch, a former assistant secretary of education under President George H. W. Bush, had a change of heart.
The Best (and Worst) Education News of 2012 Huffington Post (Larry Ferlazzo): *The courage and success of the Chicago Teachers Union in their seven-day strike.