CPS and City Hall continue to disavow the September school closing memo, though not (to my knowledge) denying its existence. The Tribune won't post the full document so that the rest of us can assess its importance -- you've only seen that one page with the chart. CPS says that it doesn't have the memo and can't provide it, either. My conclusion? There is no memo, or it's a special kind of invisible or disappearing ink kind of memo. ALSO: Back of the Yards IB program.CLOSINGS
Mayor Emanuel says credibility intact after release of school-closing memo Sun-Times: Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett with Mayor Rahm Emanuel at a press conference announcing "wall-to-wall" International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes at Taft High School and Lincoln Park High School.
School leaders say leaked school closing list not part of current plan
WBEZ: The leak comes at a time when trust between school officials and the public is at an all-time low.
Lack of detail on school closings frustrates some parents Tribune: When Mayor Rahm Emanuel won a delay last month in announcing planned school closings, he promised to use the time to let concerned Chicagoans attend hearings and be involved in the conversation about any changes to the district.
Austin residents ready to fight closures AustinTalks: CPS has until March 31 to make public the closure list, after state lawmakers and the governor agreed to extend the Dec. 1 deadline. CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has said the district needed more time to build trust with the community.
The reckoning for CPS Chicago Tribune (opinion): Tough decisions beyond closing schools.
Did CPS pull a bait & switch on proposed International Baccalaureate school? WBEZ: WBEZ has previously reported that students could up end up in that new and untested IB technical education track.According to Kathryn Ellis, Executive Director of the Office of Access and Enrollment, not all incoming freshman will will enroll in the IB honors program.
Boss Orders Day Off to Paint Chavez Elementary DNA: A Back of the Yards school received a fresh coat after downtown software company arrived.
Alderman Warns of Possible Gun Violence at Taft High School Friday DNA: Rumored violence could be extension of feud, or related to Mayan prophecy, police said.
New Disney High School to Offer 250 New Spots for Freshmen in 2013 DNA: New magnet school option, which hopes to replicate Disney II elementary's success, to open next fall.
McPherson Forum Reveals Divide on Principal's Retention DNA: The Local School Council invited public feedback on principal retention, with mixed results.
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