Today's education news: King College Prep student murder goes national. School closures get civil rights challenge in DC. Arts-based Orange School presses on Rogers Park location after winning Board approval (Tim Furman does not approve!). The switch to Google mail went smoothly because of communication, says CPS.
South Side high school mourns loss of student WBEZ: Students trickled into King College Prep High School on the South Side Wednesday morning—some in tears, others seemingly in shock.
Fatal shooting of 15-year-old turns national spotlight on Chicago Sun Times: President Barack Obama and the first lady are praying for the family of Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old girl who attended the president’s inauguration and was fatally shot Tuesday, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel urged anyone with information in the case to come forward.
With 42 homicides, Chicago sees most violent January in 11 years Yahoo News: One month into the new year Chicago has already set an ignominious record for homicides.
Chicago Girl’s Shooting Death Jolts City and Touches Capital NYT: Hadiya Pendleton, 15, had performed with her school’s majorette team at an inaugural event for President Obama.
Security Shares Spotlight at High School Game ;NYT: A shooting that left a 17-year-old boy dead after a recent game cast a pall over a highly anticipated high school basketball matchup in Chicago.
Chicago school closings being investigated WBEZ: National education officials are investigating how Chicago Public Schools has handled closing schools in recent years. A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Education confirmed Tuesday that CPS is one of six urban school districts being investigated by the department’s Office of Civil Rights.
I’ve Seen Better Organized Riots CPS Chatter: I went to one of the many school closing hearings being held throughout the city. It was extremely troubling. To begin with, they didn’t make the sheet to sign up to speak accessible or explain what it was. Most people who signed up thought they were signing in, not signing up to speak. As a result, maybe 1 out of ever 3 or 4 people who were called spoke.
Founder of Arts-Based Charter School Eyes Rogers Park, Despite Resistance DNAI: The art-focused charter school was approved last week, but is meeting stiff resistance in Rogers Park.
New Jones College Prep in South Loop under construction ChicagoTalks: Jones College Prep, located at Harrison and State streets in the South Loop, is under construction. The new $150 million school building is scheduled to open this fall and will offer state-of-the-art technology. Jones Prep is a limited-enrollment school.
Search for New Principal at LaSalle II School Begins with a Job Posting DNAI: A retired principal took the reins of a Wicker Park School Friday and will serve as an interim leader.
Chicago Public Schools Says Communication Was Key to Successful Google ... T.H.E. Journal: Strong communication and well-planned training were behind the success of the recent rollout of Google Apps for Education across 681 schools in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), according to Lachlan Tidmarsh, chief information officer for CPS.