Welcome back! How was your weekend? Today's education news includes more concerns about student safety (at Clemente HS, among other places), a few more UNO tidbits and school closing information. Oh, yay, Lincoln Elementary is getting some overcrowding relief. What else? Let us know. For stories from over the long weekend, check the previous post.
Change Oriented Leaders Change Locations Substance: No sooner had Chicago learned that Jennifer Cheatham was moving to Madison, Wisconsin, where she will become superintendent there, than the news began trickling out that other CPS administrators were also on the run — or at least looking for jobs in other climates.
How Charter Schools Get the Students they Want Reuters: Charters are public schools, funded by taxpayers and widely promoted as open to all. But Reuters has found that across the United States, charters aggressively screen student applicants, assessing their academic records, parental support, disciplinary history, motivation, special needs and even their citizenship, sometimes in violation of state and federal law.”
Roberto Clemente Students on Third Student Slain: 'I Don't Feel Safe' DNAI: Frances Colon, killed Friday, is the third Roberto Clemente High School student killed in three months.
Chicago Student Arrested For Trying To Bring Gun Into High School: Police CBS2: No students were in jeopardy at any time during the incident, Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman Robyn Ziegler said.
Which comes first? Closed schools or blighted neighborhoods? WBEZ: Analysis of census data suggests that the areas most affected by the potential closures have experienced dramatic drops in population over the past few decades.
UNO hires ex-judge to review charter-school spending Sun Times: United Neighborhood Organization officials said Thursday they have hired former U.S. District Judge Wayne Andersen to conduct a review of how their charter-school network selected companies to build new schools with state grant money.
A Change of Heart on Charters for Alderman Moreno? Kenzo Shibata: Now that UNO is under heavy scrutiny for its successful lobbying of $98 million in taxpayer money which was doled out to relatives of UNO executives, UNO's second in command has resigned and its founder has shamed the group in the press.
UNO contract comedy: One man out, one man on, leaders baffled Reader: I'd like to personally thank the charter school empire known as UNO for providing one glimmer of humor in an otherwise grim week of murder, guns, and school closings.
Q&A on Chicago Public Schools closing plans Zorn: Former education blogger Seth Lavin posed 10 questions to Chicago Public Schools officials about the school closing plan. CPS has responded and Lavin has shared the answers (below) with me and several other bloggers.
Parents Celebrate Gale Elementary Being Taken Off Closure List, But Remain ... Progress Illinois: Based on recommendations from the Commission on School Utilization, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett released a list, Wednesday, of 129 schools that may be on the chopping block for the next wave of school closures.
Officials taking note of school-closing feedback Tribune: Chicago Public Schools officials gathering input on school closings started taking notes when the director of a local Boys and Girls Club of Chicago spoke up on behalf of West Pullman Elementary School at a hearing on the Far South Side late last week.
On CPS School Closings, Barbara Byrd-Bennett Asks Public to Remain Engaged DNAI: As Chicago Public Schools officials zero in on the final list of schools to close this year, schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett says public engagement is essential at upcoming meetings around the city. “I need as much feedback as possible to ...
Vacant schools in Philadelphia a cautionary tale for Chicago WBEZ: According to a report released last week by the Pew Charitable Trusts, 12 urban school districts across the country have a total of 327 unused schools on their books. Chicago has eight of those. The eight buildings are up for sale, but the bidding process has not yet ended, so it’s unclear what, if any, interest there is from developers.
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Chicago Math and Science Academy Union Regroups After Ruling DNAI: Awash in public funding, a chicago charter was ruled a private entity, dissolving a teachers' union.
Lincoln Elementary Gets Temporary Overcrowding Fix DNAinfo: Some Lincoln parents said the new CPS administration lead by CEOBarbara Byrd-Bennett is already an improvement over previous administrations, as Byrd-Bennett's office has already sat down with Lincoln's principal and spoken with the alderman about ...
Educare preschool boosts academics, parent involvement Catalyst: A follow-up study of students who attended the Ounce of Prevention Fund’s Educare early childhood center show promising results—for parents as well as students.
Kindergarten, Not Second Grade, Could Be Starting Point For IL Schools WTTW: State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood, wants to lower the mandatory school age in Illinois from 7 to 5.
Illinois, once ahead in preschool spending, now falling behind Sun Times: When early childhood education champions in Chicago heard the president lay out a universal preschool proposal this week during the State of the Union address, they thought it rang familiar.
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