Today's news includes lots of coverage of the "new" transition plan CPS rolled out in anticipation the of school closing announcement -- plus a fascinating look from Catalyst at the strangely long period of time between the announcements and the final determination. Oh, and Penny Pritzker has resigned. Who will replace her? You? OK, excellent.
CPS plans security for students moving to new schools Tribune: Chicago Public Schools on Thursday unveiled a security plan for students whose schools are closed that includes paying community groups to watch over kids as they go to and from their new schools and adding security personnel inside those schools.
CPS plans more security, upgraded equipment in consolidated schools Sun Times: Chicago Public Schools’ plans to keep children safe as it moves them to new schools in September include ramping up its Safe Passages program, the district announced Thursday. CPS also will upgrade equipment in the buildings receiving children from shuttered schools, invest in summer programs and activities that will help blend cultures, and add at least one new security guard to each consolidated school, CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said.
Safety plans for closings outlined Catalyst: Much of what they outlined--from community members patroling the routes to and from school to social emotional programs at welcoming schools--have been offered before at welcoming schools. The newest part of the plan was that at least one security guard from the closing school would follow the students to the welcoming school.
CPS Transition Plan Underway WTTW: Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett released a school safety plan today. It's part of an overall transition plan she says every school that will be closed or receive students will get when she announces her final schools closing list on March 31. Elizabeth Brackett reports.
School closing logistics on tight timeline Catalyst:When CPS officials went to Springfield to shift the recommendation back from December to March, they did not request a shorter time period between the announcement and the vote, according to a source familiar with negotiations. As a result, the Board of Education vote cannot take place until May.
Emanuel Orders Shift in School Building Jobs Crain's: via CPS Chatter: “In an action that has the City Hall grapevine buzzing, the Emanuel administration is leaning on Chicago Public Schools to run at least $100 million and potentially much more in construction work through another agency, despite concerns from some about higher costs.”
Penny Pritzker resigns from the school board Tribune: Billionaire Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker has resigned from the Chicago Board of Education effective Thursday, according to a letter she sent to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Penny Pritzker resigns from Chicago Board of Education WBEZ: Pritzker did not mention the potential Cabinet post or give a reason for her resignation in a letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel Thursday. She thanked Emanuel for the opportunity to serve and said she "wholeheartedly" supports the work he's doing to improve Chicago schools.
Alvarez & Marsal Bolsters Public Sector Services with Addition of Two Senior ... EON: Enhanced Online News (press release): Alvarez & Marsal has expanded its Public Sector Services group with the addition of Ron Huberman, the former superintendent of the Chicago Public Schools and former chief of staff to Mayor Richard M. Daley.
CTA increases fares for students WBEZ: The Chicago Transit Authority voted Wednesday to raise the cost of public transportation for university students. The U-Pass, which allows students to ride for $.81 a day, will increase to $1.07.
Persepolis Graphic Novel Being Removed From Chicago Public Schools Comicbook: Fred Klonsky, a retired public school teacher from Chicago is reporting on his blog that Persepolis, the best-selling graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi is currently being removed from Chicago Public Schools.
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