Dialing Up Closings

oldphoneToday'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.

Be the Change Charter School Eyes Bridgeport DNAinfo: An edict by CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett would prevent standalone charter schools such as Be the Change from taking over elementary school buildings that might be closed by the school district, including Hendricks Elementary in Fuller Park, McClellan.


Full-Day Kindergarten Will Worsen Overcrowding at Lincoln, Principal Says DNAI: Lincoln Elementary is already leasing space offsite for the 2013-14 school year.

The Making of the “Other” Chicago Prospect via CPS Chatter: Oakland won’t educate its way out of poverty and crime. Catch 22: political scientist Martin Sanchez-Jankowski, from neighboring UC Berkeley — who spent nine years in five poor New York and Los Angeles neighborhoods (and ten years before that researching street gangs) — explains in his 2008 book Cracks in the Pavement that ghetto schools don’t work mostly because students (and teachers!) don’t expect anything decent awaiting for them in the labor market, so think it hopeless to make the effort.


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  • CPS parents: Don’t close schools with large special education populations - Chicago Sun-Times http://ow.ly/jdY82

  • Prince George’s County superintendent finalist includes Chicago Public Schools admin nobody's heard of http://ow.ly/jdYdl

  • Alex,

    He applied for the superintendent job in Reno in June and you tweeted about it. You should have a small idea who he is.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    thanks -- yes, a small idea -- assumed there was lots more to know about him other than that.

    meantime: Area chief Dr. Stephen Zrike Chosen as Wakefield School Superintendent - Wakefield, MA Patch http://ow.ly/jfwHs

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