What a strange juxtaposition of events we're having these last two weeks before the holiday break. On Friday, CPS announced it was recommending six additional homegrown charter and district schools to open next year -- including Disney II #2 (hearing on Thurdsday!) On Saturday, CPS held an expo to promote charter schools, some of which aren't high performing, and CTU held an event to protest closings (hearing today and Friday!).
Charter schools with failing grades still featured at quality schools fair WBEZ: A WBEZ analysis of the more than 100 new schools featured at the expo this year shows 34 percent of them are rated Level 3 by the district, the lowest grade given.
CPS officials make charter recommendations Catalyst: CPS will hold a single hearing on these plans at 5 p.m. on Dec. 13 at school district headquarters, 125 S. Clark St. As they usually do, the Board of Education will be asked to approve the new charter and contract schools at the December meeting without knowing the school’s location.
CPS proposes six new schools, two expansions WBEZ: Four are new charter schools: Chicago Collegiate, Foundations College Prep, The Orange School and Intrinsic Schools. One is a new high school expanding out of Disney II, a popular magnet school on the city's North West side, and another, Camelot, will serve alternative students.
CPS plans 4 more charters: Chicago Public Schools said Friday it plans to add four more charter schools to the nine charters previously approved for the coming year, which quickly became fuel for critics of the district's plans to close many neighborhood schools. "It simply ...
Closing and consolidating CPS schools Tribune (Frank Clark): It's true that closing underutilized schools won't make a huge dent in a deficit that large. According to a study on school closings done by the Pew Charitable Trusts, districts usually realize less than $1 million in annual savings for each closed school in the short term.
Gallery: Parents, teachers and activists argue against school closings Catalyst: The announcement that CPS leaders are recommending the Board of Education at their December meeting approve five new charter schools fueled a heated Commission on School Utilization hearing Friday night.
Teachers Union Decries Possible School Closures at Education Summit DNAinfo: Education advocates blasted Chicago Public SchoolsSaturday, saying the department is targeting "apartheid schools" as it mulls closing underutilized buildings, many of which are in African-American areas. About 200 parents ...
Educators on the Challenge of Teaching At-Risk Kids WTTW: We talk with the educators who try to keep kids from falling off the grid, one student and one day at a time.
Big Picture: Ways to Unravel Chicago’s High School Dropout Epidemic WTTW: Communities across Chicago are concerned with the city’s alarming high school dropout rate. But what would a comprehensive, district-wide dropout prevention campaign actually look like? And is CPS on the right path to unraveling this problem? We evaluate the big picture with University of Chicago researcher Elaine Allensworth and alternative schools leader Jack Wuest.
Chicago teachers victory on incorporating test scores into evaluation may help students NWTimes: With their collective bargaining rights, the Chicago Teachers Union negotiated an evaluation system that relies less on standardized testing, which takes some stress off teachers and students, said Jackson Potter, a spokesman for the union.