Today's news boils comes in two categories: closings, and Persepolis. When will the closing announcement be made -- and how many schools involved? Why did CPS/Lane decide to ban/limit access to the graphic novel -- and why should anyone care? ALSO: Charter schools, full-day kindergarten crowding.
CPS closings: Barbara Byrd-Bennett oversees difficult plan Fox: Byrd-Bennett's first assignment could not be more painful: oversee a plan that may close more schools in one year than CPS has shut down over a decade, due to a decline in city population. At Cather Elementary School on the city's West Side, there's a lot of wasted space.
Teachers Head To Springfield To Urge Halt To School Closings CBS2 Chicago: After those meetings concluded, a school closings commission formed by CPS Chief Executive OfficerBarbara Byrd-Bennett issued a final report stating CPS has the capacity to close or consolidate approximately 80 schools.
From Chicago to Philadelphia: A New Vision for Public School Teacher Organizing CORE: At the heart of the successes of Chicago Teachers was CORE, a small group of teachers that organized with community to build a broad base of support for public education. Watch for perspectives and lessons from the Chicago Teachers Union and CORE during their visit to Philadelphia hosted by the Labor Working Group and Teachers Action Group.
Lane students try to stage library sit-in — but can’t pull it off Sun Times: Several hundred kids converged on the library to try to continue a protest that started Friday afternoon in support of the book removed suddenly from some classrooms, said Lane students and at least one teacher. But the library was closed Monday morning, Lane Principal Christopher Dignam said, after a librarian called in sick. The hallways were cleared as usual, and students went back to …
'Persepolis' Ban by CPS Boosts Sales at Local Bookstores DNAinfo: CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett cited "graphic language and images" in the book, a memoir of the author's childhood in Iran in the 1970s and '80s as she lived through the Islamic Revolution and the war with Iraq.
Lane Tech Students Hold Morning Sit-In To Protest Persepolis Book Ban
Progress Illinois: Hundreds of Lane Tech College Prep students staged a sit-in this morning inside the school in response to Chicago Public Schools' controversial announcement last week that it would remove the graphic novel “Persepolis” from its seventh grade curriculum.
Controversy Over "Persepolis" WTTW: The Chicago Public Schools denies it banned the award-winning graphic novel Persepolis from classrooms and libraries for its depiction of torture. We have the latest on the controversy.
Intrinsic School Moves Downtown for Interim 2013-2014 School Year DNAI: A new charter school will open downtown for a year before moving to Portage Park in 2014.
Full-Day Kindergarten Will Worsen Overcrowding at Lincoln, Principal Says DNAI: Lincoln Elementary is already leasing space offsite for the 2013-14 school year.