Board Pre-Registration Irks Some

Copy of news2Today's education news includes items about the new Board meeting signup process (you have to call or register online ahead of time), IB acceptance letters (830 cutoff at Lincoln Park, it's rumored), and a few other dribs and drabs (including "Russo is not very popular in some of the circles I run in")

BOARD MEETINGS

CPS Adds Hurdles to Making Public Comments at Board Meetings DNAI: Effective for the Chicago Public Schools' Board of Education monthly meeting set for Jan. 23, anyone wishing to make a public comment must register online, by phone or in person the week before. The registration period opened Monday.

CLOSINGS

Editorial: No more don'ts on school closings Tribune (editorial): The blue ribbon commission that's supposed to help Chicago Public Schools decide how and where to close underused schools produced a long list of "don'ts" last week.

Closing schools without a plan Newstips: With the school utilization commission issuing an interim report – and schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett responding to a parents group's inquiry about school closings – the task force created last year by the legislature to monitor school facilities ...

CPS chief agrees high schools should not be closed WGN: Consolidate schools for underenrollment, there's a better way to do that. There's stuff you really need to include like having staff following children to their new schools so children don't feel abandoned.”

PARENTS AND PROGRAMS

IB Letters have left the building cpsobsessed: Word is that IB high school letters have been mailed out. Post your news here. The scoring rubric is up on the OAE site. The informational meeting doesn’t count as points but is considered “mandatory” to be considered for a program. Rumor is that the cutoff for Lincoln Park’s IB program is 830 this year.

SCHOOLS

CPS Utilization “Crisis” Based on Very Low Standards CPS Chatter:  Top schools have 200 square feet per student, while CPS uses a formula of 96 square feet for children.

Schools Commission Says Hirsch High Should Stay Open Despite Poor Marks DNAinfo: "Barbara Byrd-Bennett (chief executive officer for Chicago Public) is still in the process of reviewing the Commission's report, and in the coming days will be providing the Commission a formal response to their recommendations.

Central High School Would Serve Neighborhood, City, Residents Say DNAI: Downtown, Near West Side and South Loop residents say they lack a quality neighborhood high school.

MISC

Local documentarians promote social change WBEZ: If you haven't heard the name Kartemquin before, perhaps you remember two of the studio’s biggest success stories. In 1995, Hoop Dreams won every major critic’s prize and received the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

Blogger Love MB: Russo is not very popular in some of the circles I run in, because he doesn't like ed reform rhetoric very much, and he also doesn't like union rhetoric very much.

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  • B3 could still turnaround Hirsch High School.

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