Today's education news includes Emanuel's response to the school closing announcement -- as well as Arne Duncan's, Stand for Children's, and the Trib and Sun Times editorial pages' -- plus a return to the debate over what should happen to the buildings that are going to be emptied, and an update on the coalition that's running to unseat current CTU president Karen Lewis et al.
Emanuel: CPS school closures 'not taken lightly,' but must be done WBEZ: “This is very difficult, a lot of anguish, and I understand that and I appreciate it,” Emanuel said. “But the anguish and the pain that comes … from making the change is less, or minimal, in my view, or pales compared to the anguish that comes by trapping children in schools that are not succeeding.”
Emanuel on school closures: 'Investing in quality education' Chicago Tribune:Speaking publicly for the first time since Chicago Public Schools announced that more than 50 schools are to close, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the motive behind the plan is to ensure that all children in Chicago receive a quality education.
A "B-" on School Actions Plan Stand for Children: While many of the proposed actions offer students significantly better access, many will only provide moderate or no improvement.
Chicago School Closings Huffington Post: “When, where, why and how to close schools are local questions that are never easy. No educator ever wakes up in the morning wanting to close a school," Duncan said in a Thursday statement provided to HuffPost. "Closing a school is a difficult but sometimes necessary decision, and districts and local leaders should strive for a transparent process that listens to community input and offers better educational options for affected families."
Editorial: Closing 54 schools so soon means pain Sun Times: CPS will need all the help it can get. Whether you approve or not, schools will be closed and kids will be moved.
Chicago Public Schools closings Tribune (editorial): The adults have been heard. Now is the time to focus on the kids.
'We Are Closing Too Many Schools' Alderman Says Patch: Elementary schools in Ravenswood will take in students from Chicago Public Schools buildings on a list for closure. District officials announced the plan to close 54 schools ...
Controversial Chicago School Closings Outrage Parents, Teachers NPR: Students, parents and teachers at close to fifty Chicago public schools find out today that their schools will likely be closed this summer. Leaders in the nation's third largest school system say they need to close and consolidate underutilized schools to save money.
Ready for reform Tribune (editorial): Last year, 8,781 students dropped out of Chicago public high schools. In our elementary schools, 51,106 children couldn't meet state reading standards. And as you absorb this editorial, 19,000 young people yearn to leave their current public schools for seats in charter schools. Why? Because those kids — and their often desperate parents — know that as their childhoods quickly slip away, they're ... falling ... further ... behind.
Was There Ever a Golden Age of Chicago Public Schools? ChicagoMag: A look back at 50 years of CPS reform finds all the same problems, statistics, and nostalgia for a better time.
Maps of Note: CPS’ School Closures on Chicago’s Homicide Heat Map Chicagoist: Opponents to CPS’ school closure plan have framed their argument as a public safety issue as much as one of quality education. The group Radicals Against Discrimination took the list of closures and overlaid their locations on Chicago’s Homicide Heat Map. The result is shocking, yet unsurprising. (Click the image to enlarge.)
PBS NewsHour: Interviews with CPS, CTU WTTW: The Chicago Board of Education plans to close 54 schools, citing a $1 billion deficit and under-enrollment. Critics say this move will disrupt communities and put kids in danger. For both sides of the debate, PBS NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown talks with School Board vice president Jesse Ruiz and Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union.
CPS School Closings Will Leave 61 Vacant Buildings: What Happens to Them? DNAI: The closure of 54 public schools and merging of 11 more will leave CPS with 61 vacant buildings.
Unchain the charters Tribune (editorial): Here's a haunting statistic that we cannot repeat too often: Of all the school districts in the U.S., Chicago Public Schools has one of the longest waiting lists for admission to a charter school. Right now, CPS is blowing a perfect opportunity to lure more top-flight charters here: CPS CEOBarbara Byrd-Bennett vows that all the schools slated last week for closing will not house charters. What a waste of physical resources — schools built with ...
What’s the plan for Chicago schools? CMW: The purpose of the school facilities law was to bring transparency to CPS’s planning. Instead, according to advocates for neighborhood schools, the district is carrying out Mayor Emanuel’s long-term plan to close neighborhood schools and open charters.
Science revolution heading to Illinois schools Tribune: As early as kindergarten, all students in Illinois could be engaged in science and engineering practices, from analyzing data to defining problems and designing solutions.
Challengers emerge for union election Catalyst: Members of the coalition charge that current CTU President Karen Lewis has failed to prevent school closings and damaged relationships with CPS by relying too much on protests.
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