Today's news includes coverage of last night's West Side hearing, a citywide look at charter variations from Medill, and the news that the student shot and killed earlier this week actually appeared in an anti-violence PSA. What'd I miss? What's the big issue at your school?
Feisty crowd fights to save West Side elementary schools Chicago Sun-Times: CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said she will make school closing decisions based on “utilization” or school capacity. According to district calculations, these neighborhoods have lost lots of residents over the last decade.
CPS Hearing in Austin Tonight CPS Chatter: I just heard that tonight’s CPS meeting in Austin is so crowded that they’re overflowing the halls. People are angry and this isn’t a CTU thing. This is a “all the other schools in our neighborhood had and my child keeps getting shifted around” thing.
Walton Foundation Funds Community Engagement Catalyst: “District officials have said they don’t want to link the volatile issue of school closings with the equally volatile issue of charter school openings. But a major pro-charter foundation is providing financial backing for the current crop of school closing meetings taking place around the city this month.”
CPS School Closings Meeting Gets Heated as Protesters Shout Down Officials DNAinfo: Chanting "Save our schools" and "No school closings," several hundred parents, teachers and community members refused to let Chicago Public Schools officials speak during a public hearing on school closings Monday night in Uptown.
Plato and other charter schools up for contract renewal AustinTalks: CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett wrote in a Jan. 8 letter to Raise Your Hand that CPS does not agree that the homeroom multiplier should be changed from 30 to 25.
The ins and outs of Chicago’s charter network expansion Medill Report: However, that doesn’t mean every charter school is seeing the same level of success [as Noble Street]. Chicago International Charters, another large charter network, has several campuses in the red, scoring below the CPS average. Chicago International’s Washington Park campus only scored a 19 for supportive environment.
On the killing of a star student in Chicago Washington Post: Here is a moving statement from Chicago Teachers Union President Karen GJ Lewis, t on the shooting death of King College Prep student Hadiya Pendleton, a star student who was gunned down a little more than a week after she participated in President ...
Teen killed appeared in anti-violence PSA WGNtv: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis released a statement today saying, “the prevalence of violence on our streets is starting to reduce the wonderful qualities that kids like Hadiya possess… qualities we all want in our children… to homicide ...
CTU Opposes Standardized Testing System Southwest News-Herald: As a result, when academic outcomes are averaged across subgroups such as race and class, glaring gaps appear. “These issues are the things that are important to our families, not performance on standardized tests,” said Karen Lewis, the CTU president.
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