Today's news includes a WBEZ story about how CPS won't say whether a student victim was a student or not, some additional details and perspectives about the challenge to CTU's current leadership, more about school closings, and the arrival of high school letters (according to CPS Obsessed).
Anything else going on? Let us know. Lots of interesting comments and ideas about substitutes and special ed in the last few days.
Tracking student victims of gun violence no easy task WBEZ: For years, school officials deliberately collected and shared information about whether or not homicide victims also attended a public school in the city. But CPS spokeswoman Marielle Sainvilus said they’re trying to protect parents and students privacy. She said the district’s legal team advises the district not to tell reporters whether shooting victims attend public schools in the city. There may be up to eight current and former students killed already in 2013, but CPS officials will not confirm any of those victims, citing a decades-old federal privacy law to withhold the information. It’s a practice they say they’ve followed since Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office.
CPS School Closings Could Harm Special Ed Students, Critics Say DNAI: CPS officials still haven't completed a "comprehensive plan" for moving disabled students to new schools.
Genealogy of Scandal in Public Education Ramsin Canon: The point of no return was passed long ago -- and it was passed, notably, with the agreement of the previous leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union, which offered no resistance to the process (more on that in a moment).
“New” Caucus Challenges Lewis, Core Substance: Members of the “coalition” slate told reporters that many teachers and other union members weren’t in favor of the contract negotiated by the Lewis team during the seven-day strike in September, but only voted for it to get back to the classroom.
Chicago AFT Boss Karen Lewis May Pay the Price of Playing to Traditionalist Illogic Dropout Nation: The dissidents, led by Tanya Saunders-Wolffe, a teacher at Jesse Owens Elementary Community Academy on the city’s south side, complain that Lewis wasn’t tough enough at the negotiating table. They are annoyed that Lewis didn’t do enough to stop Emanuel from launching the latest round of school shutdowns that will lead to more AFT rank-and-file members losing jobs.
2013 High School Letters being mailed this week CPSObsessed: Can the cutoffs for the top schools possibly get any higher? Will any previously off-the-radar schools be at the top of people’s lists this year? Will we have the threat of a fist fight like we did last year between readers?
South Side Group Still Waiting for Meeting Over Black History Curriculum DNAinfo: "I am not aware of any dates as to when we could meet with Barbara Byrd-Bennett," Cox said. "We are tired of meeting with representatives from CPS. We need to meet with decision makers." And while CPS spokeswoman Marielle Sainvilus confirmed no ...
Michelle Obama in Chicago Next Week for 'Lets Move!' DNAI: The first lady will return to her hometown as part of her healthy kids tour, the White House said.