The Board approved two out of four charter schools, named a new leadership team including some guy from Memphis, and continued to assert that there was no list of schools to be closed. (And why not, since the Tribune has only shown us one page of the September 10 document?) Meanwhile, CTU raised questions about the independence of the utilization commission but also stepped over the line with its fiery advocacy according to the Sun Times and National Review. Plus stories about King, Ames, and Von Steuben.
CPS Denies Having List of Schools to Be Closed DNAinfo: "There is no list of schools to be closed," insisted CPS Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett. She said that after a "rigorous engagement plan" with neighborhoods to be implemented with "deeper, grassroots meetings" in January and February.
CPS insists there is no school-closings list Tribune: Chicago Public Schools officials on Wednesday again said they don't have a list of schools slated for closing, but board President David Vitale acknowledged the district has completed significant analysis of the issue.
Teachers union marches on Loop office of mayor's pal and charter schools booster
Chicago Sun-Times: Meanwhile, an independent commission established by schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett held a series of public hearings. “It's our obligation to provide families with as many high quality school options as possible to help their children succeed in ...
Independence of independent schools commission questioned WBEZ: The Civic Consulting Alliance and New Schools for Chicago share a suite on the 43rd floor of the Chase Building. They also share some board members. Phyllis Lockett, the founding president and CEO of New Schools for Chicago, sits on the Civic Consulting Alliance’s board and used to be CCA’s executive director.
More questions: charters, partners, and planning CMW: Mayor Emanuel, CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett and utilization commission chair Frank Clark have taken the position that “right-sizing” the district has nothing to do with the district’s expansion of charter schools.
Chicago Board of Ed OKs two new charter schools, but two deferred Sun Times: The Chicago Public Schools approved two new charter schools Wednesday but surprisingly deferred the approval of two more that CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett had recommended, saying she wanted more time for a “gut check.” Despite CPS’ own claims that the district lacks enough children to fill existing classrooms and the public outcry about potential closings, the Board of Education voted unanimously to approve Intrinsic and Chicago Collegiate charter schools as the 10th and 11th new charters opening in the fall.
CPS board approves only two new charter schools Catalyst: CPS spokeswoman Robyn Ziegler said CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett asked board members to delay approval of Foundations College Prep and Orange School, an arts-integration elementary school.
Editorial: A charter gut check Chicago Sun-Times: At the request of Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the board approved only three of five recommended charter school proposals for fall 2013. The other two were deferred to an unknown date.
Chicago Board of Education Approves New, High-Quality School Options for Parents and Families Throughout the District CPS Press Release: Options Include New and Expanded International Baccalaureate Programmes, New Magnet School, Career and Technical Education Programs and High-Quality Charter Schools
CPS Appoints Five Education Leaders Focused On District’s Effort to Provide Every Child Access to a Rigorous Instructional Program CPS Press Release: CEO Byrd-Bennett Continues to Build Dedicated, Professional Leadership Team That Holds High Expectations for Student Success; Additional Leadership Appointments Also Approved
Memphis City Schools chief of staff hired for Chicago job Commercial Appeal: The chief of staff in Memphis City Schools has been named chief of accountability in Chicago Public Schools. He is expected to start in January.
Editorial: The teachers union bullying tactics Chicago Sun-Times: The Chicago Teachers Union has crossed the line. It has gone from fiery and justified advocacy on behalf of Chicago's teachers and children to nasty, personal attacks and outright bullying. Is this any way for teachers to act?
Chicago Teachers Union Head Karen Lewis: Teach for America Kills Students National Review Online (blog): Every one of the teachers was a career educator. Every one was doing exactly what she wanted to do. They've worked in a school that was not obsessed with testing but with the needs of children. This we know: the staff at Sandy Hook loved their students.
Connecticut shooting about gun reform, not education reform Ray Salazar: I’ve remained silent watching the news about the funerals for the victims—especially the children—of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.
Vitale: 'There Are No Plans to Change Ames Into a Military school' DNAI: Parents are relieved that the Marine Military program will not replace the current curriculum.
Flap Erupts Over Chicago High School Reality Show DNAI: Von Steuben principal drops web link but defends "High School Confidential," which airs Wednesday night.
King Principal Apologizes After Sit-In, but Parents Remain Wary DNAI: Higginbottom's emphasis on discipline and security and clashes with teachers have sparked anger.
Student with air pellet gun arrested at Evanston high school Sun Times: A 19-year-old Evanston Township High School student was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct Wednesday after police found a plastic air pellet gun in his backpack.
School board votes to fire Maine West coach accused in hazing scandal Sun Times: Board President Sean Sullivan said varsity soccer coach Michael Divincenzo violated the district’s policy “by failing to adequately prevent, recognize, report and punish student hazing.” Divincenzo is suspended without pay while the dismissal process plays out.
School Safety WTTW: In the wake of the elementary school rampage in Connecticut, the Chicago Public Schools' security chief joins us to discuss school safety here.
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