So there was a student protest yesterday -- aided by the union -- and there's a protest scheduled for tomorrow that's definitely a union thing. All this despite the fact that CTU knows (admits to DNAI) that it likely won't change the outcome very much. But it's fun and easy beating up on CPS and City Hall, and that's what CTU does best (hides the job loss numbers, too). What else? AUSL didn't know it was getting six schools until you did, according to a segment on WTTW. People continue to hate CPS but love their kids' schools.
Chicago students protest closings plan WBEZ: A handful of organizers from the Chicago Teachers Union and VOYCE (Voices of Youth in Chicago Education) were also part of the protest. Most of the students at Monday’s protest were not from the schools slated to be shut down. But Israel Munoz said that shouldn’t matter.
Students march against closings Catalyst: Allen Maris, a graduate of Little Village Lawndale High School, said she was protesting because her younger sisters are still in school and she fears that closings could spread to more schools in the future. (CPS has pledged a 5-year closing moratorium after this round, but the district’s pledge is not legally binding.)
Reaction to School Closings WTTW: High school students marched in protest of school closings, as faculty and staff at six turnaround schools face forced resignations. Elizabeth Brackett has the story.
CPS students take school-closing protest to City Hall Chicago Sun-Times: A CPS spokeswoman said later that CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett understood the students' frustrations. “As a former teacher and principal, and as a mother and grandmother, CEO Byrd-Bennett knows that consolidating schools can be emotional and difficult,” ...
One parent's take on the plan to close her child's Chicago public school WBEZ: All over the city, people are reacting to the news that 53 Chicago elementary schools could go away. One of those schools is George Manierre, in what used to be Cabrini-Green.
The Story of One Chicago School CPS Chatter: The following comes to me from Luc Miknaitis who was a CPS teacher before he moved with his wife to New Zealand. He was a teacher at Bethune Elementary School, which recently became one of 60 casualties of Rahm Emanuel’s crusade against the children of this city.
A Study In Contrasts For CPS School Closings In Washington Heights Neighborhood CBS2: “We’re on two different sides of town. Even though we’re right down the street, they’re on that side and we’re on this side. It’s always been like that. It’s always been a division,” she said.
District Prepares For Massive CTU Rally Progress IL: The Chicago Board of Education is preparing for the massive rally the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has planned for Wednesday afternoon, according to the union.
Aldermen say they'll fight for schools Tribune: Closings tinged with politics as some hope to avoid blame Chicago aldermen representing the neighborhoods hit by dozens of school closings were channeling Yogi Berra on Friday, vowing it ain't over till it's over as they work to get some of the closings reversed before a final vote.
CTU Doubtful School Board Will Halt CPS Closings DNAinfo: But Gadlin did not expect the board to rule against the closings sought by Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett. Thanks to measures passed by the General Assembly in the mid-1990s, when Richard M. Daley was mayor, the mayor appoints all ...
Getting kids to school — alive Tribune (editorial_: Do punks and gangs run Chicago's schools? You'd get that idea listening to parents and activists protesting the closings of 61 school buildings by Chicago Public Schools. The schools should remain open, protesters say, because kids will be caught in the...
Debate over elected Chicago school board could come to Springfield WBEZ: An influential Illinois state senator wants state government to get more involved in Chicago’s public school issues, including the idea of an elected Chicago school board instead of one appointed by the city’s mayor.
The power of a teacher Tribune (editorial): Let us take a moment to praise Chicago public school teachers. Many are so dedicated to their students that they put in grueling hours and dig into their own pockets for supplies. They deal with some of the most disadvantaged kids in the most dangerous neighborhoods of this city. They inspire students.
Chicagoans Hate CPS (But They Love the School Their Kid Attends) Chicago Magazine: One way of reading it is that people who are actually in the system are satisfied, and the people who don't have kids or who send their kids to private schools who want more from CPS. Another is that parents are usually pretty engaged with their school, to the extent that it's almost like family, and nobody better be talking down their family. Either way, it's going to make proposed changes harder: if the problem that people want to fix is always somewhere else, just around the next corner.