Gang Violence Shapes Report

tumblr_md2vm8oJrD1qap6kyo1_500Today's big news is the commission report suggesting that no high schools be closed -- because of the potential for gang violence, as much as anything else. Click below for all the print coverage, and scroll down for the WTTW interview if you still haven't had enough. 

REPORT

Leave all city high schools open, CPS school-closing panel says Sun Times: The independent commission tasked by the Chicago public schools chief to decide which schools to close or consolidate this year has recommended that she take high schools off the table.

Panel: Closing any CPS high schools would pose gang danger to studentsTribune: The commission studying school closings in Chicago is recommending that no high schools be shut down because doing so would endanger students by forcing them to cross gang boundaries or move to schools where rival gangs hold sway.

Report: Don't Close CPS High Schools, Due to Potential for Violence DNAI: Commission on School Utilization also recommended no high-performing schools be closed.

Group recommends criteria for school closings WBEZ: The report also includes a section of recommendations that the commission acknowledges as outside what they were asked to study. They suggested the district also look at the utilization of charter schools, develop a plan for the 61 elementary schools deemed "overcrowded," and to not close schools that "are on the rise," meaning ones that are improving academically.

Commission: Closing high schools is too dangerous Catalyst: Only relatively-small, mostly low-performing elementary schools would be closed down if CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett accepts all the first-round recommendations from her School Utilization Commission.

TEACHERS

Teacher test Tribune (editorial): For years, educators have argued about the best ways to grade teachers' performance in the classroom. Some skeptics doubted it was possible to fairly evaluate teachers, partly because some teachers had brighter students while others faced classes filled with struggling kids.

SCHOOLS

Teen charged with having gun at Far Southeast Side schoolSun Times: A 13-year-old boy has been charged after he was found with weapons at his Far Southeast Side school.

Beloved Principal Leaving Sullivan High School For CPS Magnet School DNAI: Carolyn Eggert's departure another sign of instability at school plagued by gangs and low test scores.

Don't Close Stockton School, Teacher's Blog Urges DNAinfo:  CPS spokeswoman Robyn Ziegler said that the eight-person Commission on School Utilization appointed by CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett was formed to "give our school communities a chance to be heard in this process."

Teachers Rally to Defend Embattled King Principal DNAI: King Principal Shontae Higginbottom was praised by former colleagues during LSC meeting.

Student chefs create healthy recipes from food in high school’s pantry Sun Times: “You guys want cheese?” Emanuel Zetina, 18, asked a woman Thursday at lunch in his school gym, as he plated his Chicken Rancheros. He turned to another woman: “Quieres cilantro?”

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