Happy MLK / Inauguration Day. Today's education news includes word that the potential unofficial list of closings is down to 193 (but still could include a high school or two), and that CPS wants to open school before Labor Day (which as I recall Vallas and/or Duncan tried and regretted in the past). Plus updates about King, UNO, LPHS, and the NLRB.
193 Chicago elementary schools not safe from closing Sun Times: It’s not quite “The List” of schools slated for closing or consolidation by June. But for the first time this year, Chicago Public Schools officials definitively ruled out some of the schools that will be spared from closing or consolidation. The rest at this point number nearly 200 based on three recommendations that CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett approved Friday from her handpicked panel, according to a Chicago Sun-Times analysis.
CPS may still close high schools; no list till February of schools facing action Catalyst: Byrd-Bennett also said she is not signing on to other recommendations against shutting down schools with more than 600 students, schools with borderline under-utilization rates and schools that have recently experienced a significant action. Byrd-Bennett said she and her staff will look at each school to see if they are likely to attract more students and to figure out what is the definition of a “significant school action.”
CPS removes high schools, high-performing schools from target listTribune: Chicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett has taken high schools and high-performing schools off the table for potential closings, following the recommendations of a commission set up to study the issue.
CPS wants pre-Labor Day start for school year Sun Times: Chicago public schools will start classes on Aug. 26 this coming school year, ending a long-held practice of a post-Labor Day opening, under a proposal announced Friday.
CPS Parents File Formal State Complaint Against UNO Charter Schools DNAI: Reformers asked the state inspector general to probe the schools' finances.
Parents Say King Principal Made Sexually Explicit Comments DNAI: Parents concerned an emphasis on discipline is coming at the expense of respect at King College Prep.
New Reading Standards Aim To Prep Kids For College — But At What Cost?NPR: Almost the entire country has signed onto the Common Core Standards Initiative. The standards incorporate more nonfiction texts across all subjects to improve reading scores. But some fear the push for nonfiction reading could lead students away from passionate engagement with literature.
Lincoln Park Students Eager to Meet "The Man" NBC Chicago:Their trip has included visits to the Smithsonian, the Newseum and historic sites in Arlington, along with meetings with Quigley and Education Secretary Arne Duncan. They note proudly they are the only Chicago public elementary school attending the ...
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