Which 50?

Everyone seems agreed that the number of schools to be closed is going to be about 50, so the question is which ones of the 129 still on the possible list will get named, which if any schools will make it off the list after the announcement (mistakes, etc.) and how much of pushback will there be from the teachers union and others to the announcement?

CLOSURES

More than 50 proposed Chicago school closings expected WBEZ: In addition, WBEZ has learned that another handful of schools will see their staffs completely dismissed, in an effort to address low performance. If approved, this would be the largest single round of school closings ever undertaken in the country, and 3.5 times more school shake-ups than Chicago has tried before in a single year. For some schools on the list, this marks the second time in a dozen years a school in a particular building has been closed by the district or severely shaken up.

CPS expected to announce 50 school closings Tribune: After months of hearings and debate, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration is ready to announce plans to close about 50 elementary schools, sources said, a number that quickly drew fire from aldermen and community leaders in the mostly African-American neighborhoods that will be hardest hit.

Sources: 52 Chicago Public Schools may close WGN: Sources at city hall a decision has been reached on the closings of 52 Chicago Public Schools . Sources say the number they say stood at around 60 earlier this week with political wrangling to save some schools still underway.

CPS School Closures Could Top 50 Schools, Source Says DNAI: A source who had discussions with Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Administration and top CPS officials said Wednesday that “50 or 55 schools, probably under 60″ are on the list to close.

School Closings Will Open Door to Other Problems Crains: "Thirty-nine schools on the current list of 129 have special education cluster programs educating kids with profound disabilities. What are the costs to properly transition these students?”

Two Sites You Should Be Looking At As CPS Announces Massive School Closures Chicago Magazine: One of the things I like most about being in Chicago, as a journalist, reader, and nerd, is the remarkable and growing open-data community, one of the strongest in the country.

MISC

Parents Say Lack of Bus Service Makes it Hard to Attend Miles Davis School DNAI: Five years after the magnet academy opened in Englewood, it now faces closure because of low enrollment.

 3 relatives of UNO boss on payroll of charter school operator Sun Times: The embattled head of one of the largest charter school operators in Chicago, the politically influential United Neighborhood Organization, has three relatives on his payroll, records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show.
CPS joins with other school districts for cheaper, healthier lunches Sun Times: Chicago Public Schools will join urban school districts in California, Florida, New York and Texas to coordinate school lunch planning in an attempt to keep costs down while providing healthful food choices.
To those Lane Tech kids protesting the purging of Persepolis Joravsky: Welcome to the fray, my friends. Right now you may be thinking that Persepolisgate—the purging of a great graphic novel from CPS libraries and classrooms—is the dumbest thing Mayor Emanuel's administration has ever done.…

 

 

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