Today's big news is more detail about the proposed school closing guidelines, which focus on under-enrolled schools rather than low-performing ones, but leave aside the issue of turning schools around or giving them over to charters (which as far as teachers and principals are concerned is the same as closing the schools outright). CPS put out a press release yesterday, and then held a conference call for reporters. Still no reaction far as I know from CTU - but then again we already know pretty much exactly what they're going to say.GUIDELINES
CPS discusses guidelines for closing and consolidating schools Tribune: "We've got too many buildings and too few children," district CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said during a conference call with reporters to discuss a draft of guidelines for school closings and related actions.
Public school closures to be based on enrollment, not performance Catalyst: The district says 140 schools are more than half empty, but did not put a number on how many of those could be slated for closure.
Minimal cost savings for closing schools: analysis Catalyst: One reason CPS is in this predicament now is that the district has opened new schools, while losing enrollment. Since 2001, the student population has dropped by 8 percent.
CEO's school closing plan: Be open Sun-Times: But Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the newly minted schools chief, isn't rushing to grab the ax — despite facing a $1 billion deficit next year. Having closed schools in other districts, she argues that there's more than brick and mortar at stake here.
Barbara Byrd-Bennett WTTW: There's a new leader for Chicago Public Schools, and ahead of her is the tricky task of deciding what schools to close. We talk to new schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett about what to do with public schools in crisis.
Elective school board? Chicagoans to vote on a bad, bad idea Crain's Chicago Business: But the Chicago Teachers Union is no more perfect than Mr. Emanuel. For instance, in flatly rejecting almost all forms of merit pay, it is denying a basic fact of human nature: People are motivated by both sticks AND carrots.
Politics Being Local and All... Tim Furman: I have not heard anyone argue against the elected school board except one suburban guy who was afraid Jesse Jackson would pick the school board. I think Jesse Jackson is code for "black people."
Unions stand up for the middle class Tribune (editorial): When Chicago teachers were forced out on strike for respect and a fair contract, two-thirds of Chicago Public Schoolsparents sided with the union. When Gov. Pat Quinn set out to slash jobs and vital services while demonizing public workers, their pay ...
Mitchell: Should parents be rewarded to pick up their kid's grades? Sun-Times: Worse yet, if the Chicago Public Schools has to go to these lengths to get parents involved in educating their children, can you blame people for believing all the negative portrayals of minorities?
Editorial: The University of Chicago steps up for city kids Sun-Times: Only 38 percent of Chicago Public Schools students who qualify for a very selective school actually enroll, according to a study by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research.