Today's news: The preliminary closing list isn't out yet, but it's expected later today. Yesterday, a parent group called for an investigation into the closing process, citing conflicts of interest. UNO's second in command has resigned over allegations he paid state grant money to companies owned by family members. Hadiya Pendleton's alleged murderers have been arrested. Anything else?
Preliminary list of CPS closings to be released soon WGN: So far, the district has put out a list of 330 schools it says are under-enrolled. But a final list of closings, due out next month, could top 100 based on criteria spelled out by CPS CEOBarbara Byrd Bennett.
CPS School Closing List to Be Released Wednesday DNAI: A pared down list of schools still considered for closure will be released early in the afternoon
Community groups: Inspector General should investigate closings Catalyst: In a complaint to the CPS Inspector General and cc’d to the Illinois Attorney General, Parents 4 Teachers (a group that CPS says has been organized by the Chicago Teachers Union, which is adamantly opposed to closings) charged that the school closing process is wrought with “employee misconduct,” conflicts of interest and misinformation.
CPS Parents Call for Independent Probes on School Closings DNAI: Parents 4 Teachers asked state attorney general, CPS inspector general to examine school closings.
School closure opponents call for CPS investigation Medill Reports: Chicago: 13 schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett acknowledged that the utilization formula had problems. However, CPS in January defended its formula. School officials said the system has seats for 511,000 students, but there are only 403,000 students enrolled, .
School-closings panel has conflicts of interest, group charges Chicago Sun-Times: 12 cited ties between the independent commission appointed by CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett to research school closings, and the Civil Consulting Alliance, which has ties to charter-school boosters. It also pointed to a $478,000 grant to CPS from the ...
UNO / CITY HALL
UNO exec quits after grant payments to relatives revealed Sun Times: The No. 2 executive of the United Neighborhood Organization quit Tuesday, eight days after the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the politically influential charter school operator paid state grant money to companies owned by two of his brothers. Miguel d’Escoto, UNO’s senior vice president of operations, resigned Tuesday evening, said the group’s CEO, Juan Rangel.
Good Luck Finding the Documents that Explain CPS Longer Day Reader: As Mayor Rahm Emanuel inches toward announcing which of Chicago's public schools he wants to close, it's as good a time as ever to examine the details of his last big education decision. If only we could.
Two Suspects Charged in Hadiya Pendleton Murder WTTW: State's attorneys outline their case against two young men charged in the shooting death of Hadiya Pendleton. Paris Schutz has more on what prosecutors say happened that day, and what they believe it says about Chicago's homicide problem.
TEACHERS / STUDENTS
An Opportunity to Talk About Testing Education Week News: The Chicago Teachers Union has launched a "Pencils Down!" campaign, while United Teachers Los Angeles asked teachers to participate in a day of solidarity. But the character of these newer protests departs from the intent of the teachers in Seattle.
Will CPS Move Students with Autism Again Chicagoist via CPS Chatter: While local school leadership have appealed to CPS to take the autism program at McClellan into account, they’ve received thus far only a letter from the District saying it was “very much” taking into account the school’s concerns.