Board Ducks March Meeting

extra-omgThere won't be another full Board meeting until after the closings are announced.

The First Lady was in town to promote healthy eating and exercise.

Boo, hoo for charter closings, say charter critics.

Sex ed for Kindergarteners?  Plus more. 


CPS Board Pushes Next Meeting Past School-Closing Deadline DNAinfo: In refusing Chicago Public Schools parents, teachers and students a rare opportunity to attend a weekday meeting on a day off, it also pushed its next meeting past the deadline for school closings to be announced.

Timeline: The school closings debate Catalyst: CPS is expected to announce its final list of planned school closures in March. Here’s a timeline tracing the last two years of closings under Mayor Rahm Emanuel.


Editorial: Michelle Obama's anti-obesity campaign moves us in right direction Chicago Sun-Times: Ballooning childhood obesity rates for Chicago's youngest are receding, new City of Chicago data show. This mirrors recent national trends in childhood obesity. Since 2003, the percentage of obese kindergartners in the Chicago Public Schools has ...

Full text of Michelle Obama's address to Chicago school children at the launch of Let's Move Active Schools WBEZ:  So listen up, just a little serious business because all of these incredible athletes you see here -- they have traveled here today to my home town because, like me, they wanted to be here with all of you amazing kids.  We wanted you to know that there are millions -- do you hear me, millions -- of people like us all over this world who love you so much.  We love you more than you can ever know.  We love you so much.  (Applause.)


First they came for the public schools... Mike Klonsky: I agree, it is unfair that the survival of any school is based mainly on student test scores. Those scores correlate much more closely with poverty than anything going on inside the classroom. But they should have thought of that before they became cheerleaders for the closing of neighborhood schools for the same reason and before taking their public funds and resources moving into the facilities that they once occupied.

Chicago Public Schools proposes closing 2 charter high schools Chicago Tribune: Chicago Public Schools officials will recommend that two charter high schools be closed this year because of poor performance, officials said Thursday. Critics have complained that some privately run, publicly funded charter schools don't perform any ...


Chicago kindergartners may learn sex ed UPI: ... students of all ages with accurate and appropriate information so they can make healthy choices in regards to their social interactions, behaviors, and relationships," Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in a ...

Chicago Passes Sex-Ed for Kindergartners ABC: “It is important that we provide students of all ages with accurate and appropriate information so they can make healthy choices in regards to their social interactions, behaviors and relationships,” Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the CEO of the Chicago Public ...


Impact of Street Violence on Chicago Youth WTTW: We explore the impact of street violence on Chicago youth.

The New Faces of Gangs in Chicago WTTW: The structure of Chicago gangs isn't what it used to be. The hierarchical organization of the past is largely gone, replaced by many smaller and fractured groups. We talk to three men with experience in dealing with gangs who give us their view of why young people belong to gangs and carry out violence.


Community Group, CPS to Meet About Black History Curriculum DNAI: Barbara Byrd-Bennett, chief executive officer for Chicago Publis Schools, is scheduled to meet with Florence Cox, president of the South Side community group, We Can Inc., 1 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2013 at her downtown office, 125 S. Clark St. The pair ...

Local nonprofits win MacArthur awards CMW: The Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University and the Southwest Organizing Project will each receive a $750,000 award from the MacArthur Foundation.

Rahm Emanuel, Eli Broad Featured at Los Angeles Schools Conference Pushing Corporate “School Reform” Substance via CPS Chatter: On the same day the Chicago Board of Education held its monthly meeting, filled with proteges of the Broad Foundation holding executive seats, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Eli Broad and others in Los Angeles for what was billed as a “School Reform Summit.”

Senate committee approves attendance mandate for five-year-olds SSNS: Most of the Senate Education Committee members' comments about SB 1307 - a bill to lower the age of compulsory school attendance from seven to five - suggested that it was a well-intentioned bill but one the school districts of Illinois cannot afford right now. Still, the committee approved it Wednesday by a vote of 8-5. By Thursday it was on the order of third reading, passage stage, on the floor of the Senate.


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  • The Chicago Board of Education changing the date of the next Board of Education meeting from March to April until after the announcement of the final list on March 31st on school actions, means that the members of the Board of Education are cowards!

  • I agree completely...

  • K-12 student database jazzes tech startups, spooks parents - @SSimonReuters

    IL is one of seven states participating in this data-sharing exercise.

  • Yikes. FLOTUS events details.

  • CPS finaly closes 2 charters for performance - just as state commission prepares to consider CPS-rejected applicants

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