A Tribune editorial praises CPS for finally closing two charter schools for performance -- and encourages the state charter commission to give fair consideration to charter applicants who've been rejected by CPS. Oh, and ISAT testing is starting and there's a big storm on the way! Plus other news.
Chicago Public Schools eyes closing of charter schools Time Out Chicago Kids: With 129 Chicago neighborhood schools still wondering whether their doors will be shut, the Chicago Public Schoolsboard has announced it will close two underperforming charter schools, and put six more on a warning list. Many critics of the schools' ...
CPS applies charter heat Tribune (editorial): In recent days, Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has thrown some muscle behind her pledge to hold charter schools accountable for academic performance.
Brentano Supporters Bolster Argument for Remaining Open in Logan Square DNAI: Supporters said Brentano Math and Science Acadamy's test scores increasing while neighborhood growing.
Bridgeport Alliance questions CPS school utilization formula Gazette Chicago: He added that his group did not want to discuss this issue with any CPS “facilitators,” but with Superintendent Barbara Byrd-Bennett herself. “We want to speak directly to real decision makers so we know our tax-paying voices are actually being heard ...
The Barber Shop Show: Schools closing around the shop ChicagoNow: Will this year's closures play out in a similar way, even with new CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett at the helm? We'll ask Lorraine. Also on today's show is Allison Beaulieu, an art teacher at Dett Elementary.
North, South, West Sides Unite Labor Beat: In our third report on the infamous CPS school closing hearings of 2013, we look at the protests as a city-wide phenomenon. The communities of Chicago’s North Side, South Side and West Side are continuing to unite against the Mayor’s war on the teachers union and public schools.”
Ald. Burns calls for more police after shooting Gazette Chicago: Pendleton's murder has touched everyone from politicians and King College Prep students and officials to Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Teachers Union leaders to parents and antigun and anti-violence advocates. Burns said any time a homicide ...
Chicago’s Deadly Border Crossings: Lives in the Balance Daily Kos: Local community activists and other adult leaders had pleaded with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) not to go ahead with the change, but it was part of a long term plan to help gentrify the South Side Bronzeville community through school closings, consolidations and boundary changes.
Red light camera firm admits it likely bribed Chicago official Tribune: Chicago's embattled red light camera firm went to City Hall on Friday in its latest effort to come clean, acknowledging for the first time that its entire program here was likely built on a $2 million bribery scheme.
CTU Financial Secretary Kristine Mayle Testifies Against ISBE Special Education Rules Changes Substance via CPS Chatter: What these changes will effectively do is give the Chicago Board of Education and other school districts in Illinois the ability to try to solve their budget crises on the backs of the most vulnerable students we serve.
Let’s Move! Disaster Leah Putnam 5th Grade Teacher via CPS Chatter: When offered the chance to participate in the Let’s Move! campaign, I thought it would be a lot of fun and jumped at the chance. After all, my students have been working very hard to prepare for next week’s ISAT test and deserved a to let loose a little. Had I known what this event entailed, I would have definitely taken a pass.
Schools work to make sure anti-hazing message reaches students
Chicago Tribune: "Kids need help with understanding what hazing is. That requires an ongoing dialogue. They need clear messages from adults that this is not acceptable behavior." Two Chicago-area high schools have faced scrutiny for alleged hazing rituals this school year.