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.