Keep High Schools Open, Says B3

Today's news (including some weekend tidbits) is that Byrd-Bennett thinks high schools shouldn't be closed (Tribune), closure recommendations are coming any day now (WBEZ), and there are going to be more hearings, too (Sun Times).  Details on the unified calendar are also leaking out (CPS Chatter).  What else did I and the rest of the folks covering CPS miss -- at your school, in your neighborhood, at your office?  Let us know.

CPS chief agrees that high schools shouldn't be closed Tribune: Chicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett agrees with a panel on school closings that high schools should be off the table as the district prepares to shut down a large number of buildings, a CPS spokeswoman said.

No more don'ts Tribune: But a CPS official tells us that schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett is likely, as early as this week, to issue a preliminary list of schools that could be closed. Yes, that's right. An actual list with actual school names. That would be a smart move.

School officials to name potential closures before February WBEZ: Public school officials will put out a list of schools still eligible for closure by the end of the month. Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said Friday that list would still be far from final. “It does not mean that that list that we’re discussing is yet the final list,” Byrd-Bennett said. “It’s just the second iteration, phase two.”

CPS to hold more hearings on school closings Sun Times: As the district prepares to close schools, Chicago Public Schools will hold at least 28 more community meetings across the city so the public may give feedback about specific schools, the district announced Friday.

Senn High School Launches Nonprofit to Raise Money DNAI: IB high school plans to use money on teachers, coaches and laptops.

Wells High School Raises Money to Pay for Slain Alumnus' Funeral DNAI:Principal: We don't believe a kid of ours should be put in a pauper's grave.
Finally Some Information on the CPS Schedule for Next Year CPS Chatter: Things are still not finalized, as far as anybody not working on Clark Street knows, but the CPS schedule plan for 2013-2014 school year is leaking out.



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  • BTW, did anyone notice that The Simpsons appeared to be based in Chicago last night? First Mr. Burns raises electricity rates 17%, then Homer goes into the private parking meter business, and Bart asks him for some Washingtons, which reminded me of John Quarters Boyle.

    However, on this beat, the standard test authorities threaten to close down the school that does the worst on the standardized test, which [big surprise] turn out to be Springfield Elementary. Teri and Sheri get sent off to different schools. The only thing that can save the school is that Bart hasn't yet taken the test, and a bug landing on the oval on the computerized answer sheet is the only thing to get him a passing grade. However, the wrecking ball was teed off, and went through the wall of Skinner's office.

    The last reference was more apropos to the Hammond school system, so I'll let it pass.

    But I guess that the ball is aimed at some Chicago elementary school.

  • in case you missed it (like i did), here's the sun times' list of 137 schools that meet the commission's criteria -- are you on it? is anyone there who shouldn't be?

  • Now we need to see is the list of overcrowded schools...

    ...and the formula used to calculate "underutilization". Was it really 36 students per classroom.

    ... we also need to see the original capacities of these buildings...

    ...and we need to see the census data regarding the true number of children who have left Chicago in the past decade. It isn't over 100,000...

    ...and we need to see the number of charter seats that have been added...

  • In reply to district299reader:

    The number of charter seats is approaching 10%. It may not mean much to look at those seats by neighborhood, as many students travel a long way to attend a charter.
    I suppose if you believe that all children should be forced to attend their neighborhood school to receive a free education, then that's a problem.
    One explicit benefit of the portfolio approach to schools is to reduce the number of low performing neighborhood schools.

  • CPS chief: High schools, top schools likely off closing list -

  • Profile of Fenger turnaround effort, via NPR's Marketplace

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