More Charters, More Money

Today's education news:  There was a big charter school rally at Union Station, where parents and advocates called for more charters and more funding for them.  (Were you there?  Was it any fun?) Byrd-Bennett is bringing in a retired Marine to help with the school closing logistics.  A King College Prep student was shot and killed just a week after having been to see the Inauguration in DC.

CHARTER RALLY

Charter advocates rally as school-closing critics pack meetings Tribune: As opponents of school closings in Chicago pack community meetings this week to make their voice heard, charter school advocates took part in a rally Tuesday at Union Station to draw attention to their call for greater school choice.

School choice supporters rally at Union Station Catalyst: More than 300 school choice supporters rallied Tuesday night in Union Station's Great Hall, dancing and cheering in support of increased charter school funding and school vouchers.

Students, parents call for more state money for charter schools Sun Times: A few hundred charter-school supporters, many of them students in uniform, rallied inside Union Station on Tuesday night for higher funding for their schools.

School choice the only way to solve teachers' split loyalties ChicagoNow: As Chicagoans witnessed last fall, the system is rigged in such a way that a private organization called the Chicago Teachers Union must be appeased first before public schools will even begin to offer instruction to students.

CLOSINGS

School chief calling in the Marine to help in school closings Sun Times: Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett is so concerned about the transfer of students in the upcoming school closing process she’s leaning on a retired Marine colonel who once quietly sorted out a prisoner exchange in the wake of war in Kosovo to figure it out.

Community Feedback to CPS: Zero School Closings Patch: The meeting was the first of two rounds held by the Commission on School Utilization, organized by CEOBarbara Byrd-Bennett to research school closings.

CPS School Closing Hearing: Tensions Boil Over In Heated Meeting Later ... Huffington Post: "It was a disaster tonight," Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey told ABC Chicago, calling CPS' planned information presentation "an hour-long infomercial."

SPRINGFIELD

School money, school testing Capitol Fax: The Illinois State Board of Education has asked lawmakers to fully fund education this coming fiscal year. The $5 billion figure would be an increase of $800 million over the current year. Not gonna happen… “The state board should get in on the reality of the world,” said state Rep John Bradley, D-Marion. Bradley [...]

Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund WTTW: Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund executive director Kevin Huber joins us with the dire state of his fund.

MISC

One week after attending inaugural, South Side teen shot dead in neighborhood park Sun Times: Police say Hadiyawas shot in the back at a neighborhood park. “As usual, the bad guy aims, but he never hits the other bad guy,” said Chicago Police Officer Damon Stewart, Hadiya ’s godfather.

CPS Student, 15, Among 3 Dead in South Side Shootings DNAI: Hadiya Pendleton, a student at King College Prep, killed; "When is it going to stop?" resident asks.

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