There's not much news -- other than Emanuel's response to the racial critique of the school closing process.
But there's lots of heated views (including from the Tribune editorial page).
School closings hardest on African-Americans because of population shifts, mayor says Sun Times: “For the last decade that this has been around, four months out of every year, we as a city freeze up and we have a fight. We take our eye off the ball."
Mayor Denies Discrimination In School Closing Plans CBS2: He said he doesn’t think it’s an example of discrimination that most schools being targeted for closing at the end of this school year have mostly black populations. “There has been a big change in the city over the last decade, so what I want to make sure is that we as a city [are] making sure that every child has access to high-quality education,” he said. “We have to make changes to achieve that.”
Fewer schools will mean larger classes and more controversy for CPS Tribune (Zorn): The first logical problem with CPS' position is that such moves, by design, stand to increase class sizes at the better-performing schools and harm student achievement.
Engaging communities and counting classrooms Newstips: If the “community engagement” hearings recently held by CPS were intended to rebuild broken trust, as Barbara Byrd-Bennett has said, they might be counted as the first failure of a long season.
Shabazz students perplexed by school closure WBEZ: It’s the day after the Chicago Board of Education voted to shut down the South Side charter school, in a rare four-to-two vote. Board members Mahalia Hines and Andrea Zopp voted against the closure.
And now, the decision Tribune (editorial): The commission didn't say which schools should close. Nor did it say that CPS should stop at 80. The Board of Education will make the final draw based on Byrd-Bennett's recommendations.
Time for CPS parents to step in Tribune (letter): But that's an inconvenient truth for Chicago Public Schools officials as they push ahead with plans to close up to 80 elementary schools said to be underutilized, and to transfer the affected students to nearby, better-performing schools.
CTU Releases Unflattering Pics Showing Remnants Of Closed School Progress IL: Recent photos from the former Crispus Attucks Elementary School reveal a deteriorated building with litter and gang graffiti. Closed in 2008, the Bronzeville campus, at 3813 South Dearborn Street, sits empty.
Quinn's proposed budget squeezes educators Tribune: After cutting staff and programs, increasing class sizes and raising fees, struggling school districts are facing a possible new budget squeeze: another steep drop in state education aid.
It's hitting the fan in Philly Small Talk: If you think you and Chicago pols can close 80 schools this year and walk away unscathed, you're mistaken. Last week's poll ratings have you at 2% strongly favoring your policies. Don't even look at the polls after that next school is closed.
Teacher Pension Bill Passes CPS Chatter: George and the Substance gang are tremendous. DNAInfo has been a godsend even if it is owned by the Rickets Family. WBEZ and even the Sun-Times have shown that they can do good reporting on education too occasionally. You have to dig for the good information, but it’s out there like it hasn’t been in a long time.
Bullets Crash Through Window of Packed First Grade Classroom DNAI: None of the 27 kids in the Joplin Elementary classroom was hit when the bullets struck this week
Yo-Yo Ma serenades Swift Elementary Specialty School community ChicagoTalks: Grammy award-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma performed for students at Swift Elementary Specialty School in Edgewater on Monday morning to encourage education through music. Hundreds of students, faculty and parents got to see and hear Ma perform. Ma captivated his young audience using sound and imagination.