It's the last week before the winter holiday and today's news includes lots about school safety plus of course the usual back and forth over school closings (including on the North Side) plus -- this is news to me -- a CPS plan to create a new, single schedule for CPS next year that CPS and CTU are apparently working on together. I know, strange words to see. Check it out and get happy or angry about the possible demise of Tracks R and E.
Stop misguided school plans Chicago Sun-Times (Jesse Sharkey): Recently, before a Board hearing this week to expand charter schools, Chicago Public Schools CEOBarbara Byrd-Bennett said that they “had several other [charter] schools that were in the hopper and we're going to move forward with our commitment there.
School-closing plans worry parents: 'How will you keep these children safe?' Sun-Times: Latricia Bates-Brown worries that Chicago Public Schools students forced to switch schools could get caught in unfriendly territory.
North Siders to CPS: 'Don't Close Our Schools' PATCH: Certain schools had much more visible outpourings of support than others. Brentano Math and Science Academy, 2723 N. Fairfield Ave., had a large and vocal delegation of supporters in the audience, as did Stockton Elementary School, 4420 N. Beacon St.
CPS asks parents, students for guidance on new school calendar Sun Times: The Chicago Public School system is launching an online survey for parents and students as it works with the Chicago Teachers Union to develop a single calendar for its schools in the 2013-2014 school year and do away with its two-track schedule.
CPS to review emergency plans with employees Sun Times: Chicago Public Schools will refresh employees on emergency management plans as a result of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 20 students dead in Newtown, Conn., Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Sunday.
Schools Locally Stepping Up Security In Wake Of Newtown Massacre CBS2: Grief counselors will be on hand at all Chicago Public Schools today. CPS officials say the schools are prepared for all types of emergencies.
Chicago-area schools reach out to parents as students head to class ABC7:
Chicago Public Schools officials said grief counselors would also be on hand Monday in the nation's third largest school district. Officials also reiterated that CPS safety plans were in place with police officers and counselors set to be deployed to ...
In U.S. Schools Monday, 'We Are All Going To Be Hypervigilant' AP: Jessica Kornfeld drove her children to their elementary school this past weekend. She wanted them to feel reassured that it was still a safe place, despite a horrific shooting in New England that killed 20 students very close to their own age.
Parents, Schools Are On Edge WSJ: Parents across the country wrestled with fears for their children's safety as they prepared to return to school this week, while some districts planned to increase security in the aftermath of the massacre.
In Wake of Newtown Shooting, Grappling With What to Tell the Children NYT: Officials and parents spent the weekend anxious about how to talk to students about Friday’s shooting and how best to discourage something like it from happening again.