Today's news includes a pair of WBEZ stories about how CPS has been portraying enrollment drops and the likely increase in the percentage of schools run by nonprofits or for profit organizations, a CPSobsessed report from the EXPO, plus coverage of the CTU cartoon/coloring book mocking City Hall and CPS.
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The proportion of privately run Chicago public schools to increase WBEZ: If the district closes 100 schools, and then opens 60 new charters in the next five years, the percentage of privately run schools could jump up to 27 percent.
Truth squad: Enrollment down in CPS, but not by much WBEZ: Overall enrollment in Chicago Public Schools has declined 6 percent in the last 14 years, a loss of 28,289 students. In that time, CPS has opened more than 120 new schools, many of them charters, shifting enrollment patterns.
New School Fair: Field Report cpsobsessed: In the absence of thinking about how charters affect the entire system, it’s hard not to get enthusiastic about the idea of offering parent a CHOICE about how their kids are taught. Especially parents who may not have a lot of other choices in privates – here is the chance to pursue a different way of learning for their kids.
Teachers union to fight school closings with video, coloring book Sun Times: A five-minute video of a scary bedtime story, “Stand Up to the Fat Cats,” was released Monday accusing “The Rahminator” and cronies like “Rowdy Rauner” and “Penny Pincher” of privatizing public education. Coming next week in the CTU’s campaign targeting communities at risk of losing a neighborhood school: a coloring book.
Chicago Teachers Union Mocks 'The Rahminator' And CPS 'Fat Cats' Chicagoist: The Chicago Teachers Union takes the "fat cats" to task in a faux-bedtime story cartoon featuring one particularly fat cat named The Rahminator, who "brought in a whole litterbox full of eeeevil fat cats from all over the country.
Teachers Union Mocks Mayor in Satirical 'Fat Cats' Video NBC: The Chicago Teachers Union on Monday unleashed a new tactic in its fight against public school closures: an animated satirical video that pinpoints Mayor Rahm Emanuel as the "fat cat" behind the plan.
CTU May Want Karen Lewis For Chicago Mayor NBC: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, who negotiated through this summer's strike on behalf of Chicago Public Schools teachers, might also be on the list to run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Sources close to the CTU said the union "is going to ...
Teen injured after shots fired at school bus in Englewood CLTV: Several shots were fired at a school bus in Englewood Monday night.
Teen Shot On School Bus After Basketball Game CBS2: A teen was shot while riding a school bus after a Chicago Public Schools basketball game in the South Side Englewood neighborhood Monday evening, police said. The bus, which was transporting a basketball team following the game, ...
Latino Dropout Rate Alarms Educators CBS2: A new study is sounding the alarm about the number of dropouts from the Chicago public high schools.
Students at 17 Chicago high schools to get chance to sharpen math, English skills Sun Times: Students at 17 Chicago public high schools will get a chance to sharpen their math and English skills, earn college credits, and reduce their college tuition costs — without ever leaving their high school classrooms.
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