Today's big news (yesterday's really, but you're probably too busy) is that Oliver Sicat, the fifth member of Rahm Emanuel's original team of eight, has announced his departure from CPS, leaving just Becky Carroll, Tim Cawley, and -- yes! -- Alicia Winkler. Son of immigrants, Sicat was formerly a Noble Street principal. You can read about him in the USC alumni magazine here.
These departures are fairly normal during a leadership transition. Byrd-Bennett has already announced some new hires -- from Detroit and Memphis, among other places. The real issue is how brief and tumultuous the Brizard era was, and whether Emanuel will continue to try and run CPS from City Hall or give Byrd-Bennett some room.
Top CPS official leaves school system, reorganization continues WBEZ: Just three of the eight people initially appointed by Emanuel remain. One of those three is Winkler. The other two are Carroll and Chief Administrative Officer Tim Cawley.
The charter contradiction Newstips: Barbara Byrd-Bennett talks about reestablishing trust between CPS and parents and communities – then she turns around and says that closing neighborhood schools has nothing to do with expanding charters.
Chicago Teachers Union Charges Bulls Owner With United Center Tax Dodge DNAI: Teachers say tax breaks saved charter-schools supporter Jerry Reinsdorf tens of millions of dollars.
It won't be a Happy New Year for labor in Chicago Current: As Jorge Ramirez, president of the Chicago Federation of Labor, said, “Our public bodies shouldn't be leading a race to the bottom through privatization,” which often means “undercutting workers and their wages” and “is a rush to judgment, and promised ...
Chicago public school with no heat stays open Ray Salazar: The Chicago Public Schools college-prep experience means different things in different parts of our city. This summer, Hancock High School on the city's Southwest Side regained its "college prep" title.
Questions about school closings The Answer Sheet: Here is a letter sent to Barbara Byrd-Bennett, chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools, asking important questions about the process being used to determine which public schools will be closed.
Tests of speed cameras near city schools and parks end Sun Times: A monthlong test of speed cameras near Chicago schools and parks ended quietly Thursday but Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration won’t say how it went, what happens from here or when cameras will be turned on for keeps.
Chicago-Based Charity Donates Goods To Sandy-Impacted SI Schools NY1: Pencils, notebooks, folders, along with other school supplies and winter coats. They're all part of a shipment of donated goods from Chicago to Staten Island schools affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Every school needs a doctor, pediatricians say Tribune: Despite no federal or uniform state requirements to do so, all school districts should have a doctor to oversee school health services, according to a policy statement from a group of American pediatricians.