Today's education news: UNO makes contracting changes. Protests against closings -- and charters. The First Lady and Arne Duncan were here -- school violence will be at least mentioned at the State of the Union speech.
UNO charter school network won’t contract with exec’s brother, for now Sun Times: Facing mounting criticism for paying insiders with state construction grant money, the leader of the United Neighborhood Organization said Sunday the charter school network would at least temporarily stop doing business with a brother of UNO’s No. 2 executive.
Illinois' odd couple: Emanuel and Quinn Crain's Chicago Business: Despite picking a fight with the Chicago Teachers Union that bruised him up, the mayor has done some really smart things, particularly in the economic-development area. Mr. Quinn, too, has his accomplishments.
Editorial: A do-over on accountability for UNO charter-school contracting Chicago Sun-Times: That's the most charitable conclusion to be reached from a recent Sun-Times investigation that revealed how millions of dollars the group received from the state to build charter schools went to four contractors owned by family members of UNO's ...
The View From Sunday Tim Furman: Rogers Park Neighbors For Public Schools is on the march, growing so fast I can hardly keep up with it. At the end of today's meeting I realized we had organizational activities every night this week, which means my dogs will be very, very unhappy by Friday night.
CPS parents make pre-emptive push to keep Logan Square school open Tribune: Bundled up against the biting cold on a recent evening, parents of students at Brentano Elementary Math and Science Academy knocked on doors and collected signatures in an effort to keep their school open.
Chicago Middle-School Students Berate Officials: 'Don't Close Our Schools!' In These Times: Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett is in the process of recruiting a retired Marine with experience negotiating prisoner exchanges in Kosovo to help students transition safely to their new schools. The symbolism was not lost on some ...
School Closings a Civil-Rights Issue, Activist Jitu Brown Tells Feds DNAI: Jitu Brown is leading a national effort to fight school closings on civil-rights grounds.
Fuzzy Math: The Chicago Public Schools Budget Crisis Truth-Out: When CPS chief Barbara Byrd Bennett accepted her utilization commission's call for taking high school closings off the table, the potential savings from school closings was significantly reduced, says Dwayne Truss, organizer of the Save Our Schools.
VIOLENCE & SAFETY
Obama’s Chicago trip to spotlight failure of Emanuel, McCarthy to curb gun violence Sun Times: President Barack Obama’s visit to Chicago on Friday will shine a brighter spotlight on the failure of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Chief Garry McCarthy to curb gun violence in his hometown. Hadiya’s mother, Cleopatra Pendleton, will a guest at Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night in D.C.
Hadiya Pendleton funeral: 'Beloved angel' ... 'More precious than rubies' Tribune: Slain teen Hadiya Pendleton was remembered today as a laughing youth who brought love and happiness to all her family and friends. Despite the heavy security because of the attendance of first lady Michelle Obama and other dignitaries, Hadiya's funeral...
First lady among hundreds mourning slain Chicago girl Reuters: The national debate over gun violence took a highly personal turn for first lady Michelle Obama when a Chicago girl was slain near Obama's family home just days after she performed at the presidential inauguration in Washington. The first lady and top federal, state and city officials joined hundreds of mourners on Saturday at the funeral of Hadiya Pendleton, 15, who was ...
12-year-old accused of robbing peer UPI: Chicago police said they have taken a 12-year-old student into custody after he allegedly used a replica gun to rob a 13-year-old classmate of $5.
Disappearing acts: The decline of black teachers AustinTalks: My new role with the Chicago Teachers Union provided me a front row seat on how devastating these policies are to black teachers. Octavia Sansing-Rhodes, a black teacher at Herzl, brought an inspired culturally competent pedagogy to her classroom.
Plan afoot to bring arts education to every CPS student nwitimes: Chicago Public Schools plans to name an arts liaison in every school by March, fulfilling one of the benchmarks of the CPS Arts Education Plan. Mario Rossero, department of arts education director, said during a Thursday panel discussion.
Why can neighborhoods change so drastically from block to block? WBEZ: Marya Lucas moved to Chicago's Old Town neighborhood not long ago and couldn't help but notice how different life is on either side of North Avenue, around Sedgewick Street. It made her wonder what factors lead to neighborhoods changing so drastically in the span of a block. WBEZ's Natalie Moore will be investigating. If you know of a spot in the Chicago region where life is radically different from one block to the next, comment below or get our attention on Twitter: @WBEZCuriousCity.
CPS official is the choice to lead Wisconsin school district Tribune: "It's committed to providing quality education for all students, and, on a critical note, it's just a great place for me to raise my own family." Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the chief of Chicago Public Schools, released a statement congratulating Cheatham.