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Welcome back from the Winter break, most of you.  Remember where your classroom is, and what the your work email password is?  Sure you do.  I just got back to blogging a day or so ago, and so I'm brushing off the cobwebs, too -- catching up on recent stories, remembering how to blog, etc.  Today's news includes a hodgepodge of stuff -- IB at LPHS, Simeon All Access, post-Newtown school security efforts, and the rest.  

Wall-to-Wall IB at Lincoln Park High Confusing to Some Parents DNAI: Lincoln Park High School principal calls IB curriculum "fairly close to magic" in its success.

Elementary Schools Beefing up Security After Newtown Tragedy Patch: "Security is a big concern for every administrator; we have precious things in here." Chicago Public Schools is working to train security personnel on conflict resolution, and increase video surveillance.

Simeon All Access Tribune:  As Simeon coach Robert Smith stood near the free-throw line preparing to brick shot after shot Wednesday afternoon, Wolverines assistant coaches murmured their approval at the rebounding drill. Smith figured the players could use some extra work...

Changes to CPS tier system will make school choice more difficult for Logan Square students ChicagoTalks: Logan Square eighth graders will have a tougher time getting into selective schools next year because of a revised citywide ranking system. Some neighborhood students will need higher test scores to get in to their school of choice, because several census tracts in Logan Square were assigned to a higher tier in Chicago Public School’s [...]

Violence, gangs scar Chicago community in 2012 AP: It was February, the middle of lunch hour on a busy South Side street. The gunman approached his victim in a White Castle parking lot, shot him in the head, then fled down an alley.

Real hurdle to education reform is poverty Sun Times (editorial): That is why we've supported a range of aggressive interventions for the Chicago Public Schools over the years, including school closures, charter openings, turnarounds, improved teacher evaluations, a longerschool day and changes to teaching tenure, ...

Union launches $500,000 anti-Rahm blitz - Blogs On Politics Crain's: The state council of the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU, has approved a $500,000 plan seeking to demonize Mr. Emanuel as "the national poster child for Neo-Liberals who are hell-bent on adopting regressive policies."

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  • Sicat is out, leaving just 3 of 8 Emanuel picks [incl Winkler] still at the Board http://ow.ly/gw6lV @WBEZeducation

  • Did Oliver Sicat leak the closing list information to the Tribune? Is this true? Well what do you think?

  • Who gave UNO the list that Rangel shared at a bbQ?

  • Good question. The CPS School Actions 2013-2014 has been leaked and is out there. I held and read the list myself!

  • Where can the average person "see" this list?

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    Morgan Park High School used to be the school where Southsiders wanted to go,but for 2 yrs they've had a problem getting a principal to come. Absurd

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