It's all about the Utilization Commission's updated estimate that CPS could close up to 80 schools and still have better-performing schools for kids at those underutilized/lower-performing schools to transfer to. As the Sun Times points out, the closings would likely affect African-American students disproportionately (though not suprisingly). As WBEZ points out, 16 school actions is the most CPS has ever done. As nobody points out, the Commission isn't saying that the final number will be 80 this year. In fact, they bring up the possibility of some sort of two-year process, which is officially off the table but I'm guessing comes back into play somehow.
CPS panel: Up to 80 schools could close Tribune: The commission settled on the number 80 not by looking at how many schools could be closed safely and efficiently, but rather by how many higher-performing schools were available to receive students from the shuttered ones.
Commission: Chicago has capacity for 80 school closings, shake-ups WBEZ: On a conference call with reporters late Wednesday, Commission chairman Frank Clark said the district has added staff just to deal with school closings. “They have an increased capability. They brought in a person very versed in logistics, a person very versed in security and safety. I’ve seen organization charts that augment this process with literally scores of people either trained or being trained.”
Committee: CPS can close or consolidate 80 schools at most Sun Times: Jeanne Marie Olson, a researcher at Northwestern University who raises questions about the CPS’ school capacity formula, said she was disappointed the commission didn’t address choices schools have to make between small class size and having art and music rooms.
Chicago School Closings List Narrowed DNAI: The commission's final report also recommended CPS take to heart plans created by communities over the last several months that focus on annex space, children with disabilities and pre-kindergarten classrooms.
Where Kids Go When Neighborhood Schools Close NPR: A rash of public school closings in some U.S. cities has parents and teachers reeling. School officials say the closings are needed to save money, but some argue it's a form of discrimination. Host Michel Martin talks with a Chicago reporter and a Philadelphia activist about how the closings could affect students and local communities.
Black students most likely to have their school on CPS closure list Sun Times: Nine out of ten of the Chicago Public School students potentially affected by school closings this year are black, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis has found, a discovery one community activist called a “lawsuit waiting to happen.” See map here.
Fixing Failing Schools: Revisiting Chicago's Phillips Academy WGNtv: With Chicago Public Schools preparing to release a final list of school closings, we're looking at another effort to fix failing schools. Last year, we gave you an inside look at the inner workings of a CPS turnaround. WGN's Gaynor Hall takes us back ...
PGCPS Name Top 3 Candidates in Superintendent Search Patch: Following a national search that produced 10 candidates for the job, the Board of Education (BOE) whittled the pool to three people: Dr. Alvin Crawley, who has been serving PGCPS as the interim superintendent since Hite’s departure Dr. Eric J. Becoats, currently the superintendent of Durham Public Schools in Durham, NC Harrison A. Peters, the chief of schools for Chicago Public Schools in Chicago, IL.
Students at charter slated for closure ask: Why? 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.
Schools Group Vents Concerns Hyde Park Herald: There is so much politics involved and parents have no voice,” she said. “My kids go to Carnegie and even with the extended school day there’s no art, music, P.E. and the kids can’t go outside to play.
CPS Represented in Idol’s Top 20 CPS: Rickover Naval Academy senior Devin Velez vying to be the next American Idol