Today's news includes lots of reaction and response to the Obama gun safety initiative rolled out yesterday morning, plus some pepper spray (at an elementary school) and gunplay (outside Chicago State). There's a shortage of substitutes. DNAI has stories about Ames and McPherson. MSNBC has a story about Chicago Bulls College Prep. What else? Let us know.
Violence-Riddled Chicago Hopes Gun Proposals Will Help Shield It NPR: There were more than 500 homicides in the city last year. Officials and residents are counting on President Obama's gun control package to bring that number down. "We didn't want other parents to be like us," says one Chicago mom, whose son was shot to death on a city bus.
What do Obama's executive orders on gun control mean for schools? The Courier-Journal: Obama says he wants to create a safer climate at schools across the country. The White House document says that with technical assistance from the Department of Education, 18,000 schools have already put in place evidence-based strategies to improve.
Spray sends 7 students to hospitals Chicago Tribune: The student responsible was removed from the school, Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman Marielle Sainvilus said in a statement. Officials initially said the item was pepper spray, but they later said they could not confirm what was in the liquid that ...
Two in custody after man killed outside Chicago State University Chicago Tribune: A 20-year-old man was shot and killed outside a Chicago Public Schools high school basketball game at Chicago State University Wednesday night after a melee broke out in a handshake line after the game. The man was taken in serious condition to ...
2 arrested in fatal shooting outside Simeon-Morgan Park hoops gameSun Times: A 20-year-old man died late Wednesday night, hours after he was shot outside Chicago State University’s gym after a high school basketball game on the South Side campus.
Chicago Public Schools Struggling to Find Subs Chicago Defender: Many Chicago Public Schools are struggling to find substitutes to teach students when teachers are absent — a problem which surfaced even before a flu outbreak struck the city, according to DNAinfo.com.
Chicago Public Schools Struggling to Find Subs DNAI: District is waging an "aggressive recruiting campaign" to find fill-ins for sick or absent teachers.
As funding debate continues, parents still divided on charter schools MSNBC: According to the Chicago Public Schools' 2013 budget, charter schools will see a 13% increase in funding this year. Noble Network, a Chicago network of charter schools that includes Chicago Bulls College Prep, is expected to receive $69.9 million.
Parents say Alderman, Schools Chief Agree to Meet Over Military School DNAinfo
In another small victory for Ames parents and volunteers, CPS chief executive officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett wrote that she, too, would be willing to meet with them. In response to an email demanding answers from the group, the schools chief wrote:
McPherson LSC Renews Principal's Contract, With Strings Attached DNAI:Principal Carmen Mendoza is being asked to improve communications and increase parental involvement.
As funding debate continues, parents still divided on charter schools MSNBC: Marsha Godard paid nearly $2,000 in fees to Chicago Bulls College Prep for her 16-year-old son’s disciplinary offenses that included not sitting up straight, and violating the school’s uniform dress code. Godard, whose story we’ve highlighted before, said this week that the rise of charter schools is robbing public schools of necessary funding to help its students learn.
Rahm Steps Up Fundraising Efforts NBC Chicago: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, who negotiated through this summer's strike on behalf of Chicago Public Schools teachers, might be on the list to run against him. Speculation has it Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle could step ...
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