Today's big national news is probably the Obama school safety announcement, which will include school-related (anti-bullying) elements but hopefully not anything stupid like arming teachers.
Meantime, WBEZ has a big look at school closings and turnarounds over the past dozen years, which doesn't seem tell us much we don't already know but reminds us of the history and the scope of effort -- and it's mixed success (a third of the replacement schools are Level 3).
The history of school closings in Chicago 2002-12 WBEZ: The performance of the replacement schools (those located in buildings where either closure or turnaround has occured) is also mixed. Fifteen percent of them were rated “Level 1” by CPS, the highest performance level, according to the most recent data (2011-2012). Thirty-two percent were rated "Level 2," another 32 percent were rated “Level 3,” the lowest rating CPS gives, and 20 percent did not have enough data.
Obama guns plan to include trafficking law Politico: The other elements of Obama's proposals will focus on education and mental health, Reed said. Obama will seek to build on existing anti-bullying efforts and provide more federal resources for school counselors and school resources officers.
Neighbors oppose military academy Sun-Times: The alderman champions a military academy in Logan Square, citing terrible options for his young residents. The neighborhood disagrees, defending Ames Middle School as a community hub that ought not be replaced. And as CPS gears up to close some of its schools, basing decisions on how empty or full a school building is, Ames’ fans met Tuesday morning at City Hall to fight another step in a battle they fear may already be a done deal. “I really do not want a military school in our building,” said Alivette Alicea.
Peoria-area school puts off decision on arming administrators Capitol Fax: When I think about this idea, the image of Barney Fife comes to mind. Over-eager and far from well-trained… School board members in a central Illinois town are thinking about arming and training a handful of administrators as auxiliary police officers so they can carry guns on campus. Washington police Chief Jim Kuchenbecker says training Washington [...]
It's Not Too Late to Register Teens for Open After School Matters Classes DNAI: Spring programs in science, sports, technology and the arts still open to CPS students across the city
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