Today's Sun Times editorial page registers dismay that CPS is going ahead with more charter openings even as it's aiming to close down large numbers of schools -- a concern that makes emotional and political sense given the mistrust surrounding CPS's ability to oversee/implement the closings and openings successfully at the same time even if it's not objectively necessary. Read more and today's news below.
Adding 13 new charters isn't particularly massive, given CPS's size. Los Angeles opened nearly 50 this fall. Chicago's charter sector isn't oversized, compared to other districts, and it has flaws but is not wildly out of control compared to other districts or lagging quality wise compared to many CPS schools.
The real problem here is lack of trust in CPS, and in the plans and commands coming out of City Hall historically and recently. The public would be more willing to accept the idea of simultaneous closings and openings if CPS were an agency with greater demonstrated ability to develop plans and implement them.
Editorial: Rein in charter schools Sun Times (editorial): We are urging CPS to spread out the closures until the summer of 2014, and to coordinate them with a desperately- needed effort to ensure that relocated students end up at substantially better schools. The push to open 13 new charters next fall only underscores our concerns.
Take on high school dropout crisis Sun-Times (editorial): “Latinos are getting more political power as a group, but economically they are moving certainly into the margins,” Jack Wuest, executive director at the Alternative Schools Network in Chicago, told me.
CTU Holds Education Summit To Push Back Against School Closings, Charters Progress Illinois: The education summit, held at Marshall High School on Chicago's West Side, served as an opportunity to educate the public on the “dire reality of CPS plans,” CTU President Karen Lewis said in a statement.
School-closing plans worry parents: 'How will you keep these children safe?' Sun-Times
Bates-Brown asked a panel of nine independent civic leaders appointed by Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett to gather community concerns and report back. “I'm concerned for my 4-year-old granddaughter,” Bates-Brown said.
Cite School Closing Concerns Southwest News-Herald: About 80 people attended the Commission on School Utilization meeting held last Friday at Marquette Park, 6743 S. Kedzie Ave.
Fired teacher sues CPS, alleging racial discrimation Sun Times: Another teacher fired from George Washington High School has filed suit against Chicago’s Board of Education, alleging she was targeted for termination because she’s black. Michelle Nelson says she was one of the African-American teachers pushed out after principal Florence Gonzales took over the East Side neighborhood school during the 2007-2008 school year.