Today's education news includes a flareup over school safety between Brooks College Prep and Payton College Prep, plus more closings stories (they never end!) including tidbits about a key hire with political connections and a Critical Mass stand on closings. Anything else? Let us know.
Brooks coach puts Payton on his do-not-play list Sun Times: Bryan Street, Brooks College Prep’s baseball coach, said Sunday he doesn’t want to play Payton College Prep ever again after a group of Payton parents refused to send their kids to the Far South Side school for a night non-conference game, citing safety concerns.
Payton College Prep principal says leadership problems, not 'racist tendencies,' led to North Side baseball team forfeiting game on Far South Side Tribune: A North Side Chicago Public Schools principal says internal leadership problems, not "racist tendencies," led to his baseball team forfeiting a game Saturday on the city's Far South Side.
Chicago center brings meditative mindset to combating youth violence Tribune: Most of the CeaseFire interrupters sat up in their chairs and closed their eyes, following the quiet direction of the small man in yellow and orange robes at the head of the conference table. "Allow your mind to feel the way you feel," Sakyong Mipham...
Lutton, Kotlowitz speak to Columbia College students about Harper High ChicagoTalks: Last Tuesday, journalists Linda Lutton and Alex Kotlowitz came and talked to a class at Columbia College Chicago about the work they did at Harper High School, 6520 S. Wood Street, in Chicago.
Organizers Say Stewart Closure Another Word for Land Grab DNAI: Organizers were quick to note that Stewart Elementary sits in a prime locale in Uptown — within eyesight of a Red Line station and several bus routes, a quick walk to a shopping strip and bordered by a nearby Target store and new apartments. via CPS Chatter
Key Chicago Public Schools Job for Alderman’s Sister Sun Times: The sister of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s City Council floor leader has been hired by the Chicago Public Schools to help smooth the tumultuous transition caused by 54 school closings — the largest public school consolidation in the nation’s history. via CPSChatter
After Student Protest, Chicago Schools Return to Normal BET: Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the chief executive of the Chicago Public Schools, issued a statement on the day of the protest urging students to go to schools. “The only place that students should be during the school day is in the classroom with their teachers getting ...
Critical Mass takes a stand against Mayor Rahm's school closings Reader: With all due respect to my many bike-riding friends in Chicago, I've long believed that many of the leaders of the organized cycling community around here have been a little too wimpy over the last few years.
A Look At How Charters May Fare If CPS School Actions Are Approved Progress Illinois: The Chicago Public Schools’ plan to shakeup and shut down a record-breaking number of neighborhood schools in June will likely lead to further charter school expansion in the city, education policy experts and activists predict.
2 mayors, township supervisor back school board chief’s pardon Sun Times: Several public officials wrote letters in support of a pardon that Gov. Pat Quinn recently granted Janet Rogers, president of Harvey Public School District 152, to expunge her felony record. In January, Attorney General Lisa Madigan — whose office prosecuted Rogers in 2004 — filed a lawsuit to remove Rogers from the board because of her felony conviction. But Quinn pardoned her last month, which could help her keep her board seat.
CPS cancels testing for youngest students WBEZ: Chicago Public Schools cancelled a district-mandated standardized test Thursday amid growing concern about overtesting in the system. It is unclear if the cancellation will carry over to next year and district officials did not say if any other tests for other grades would be eliminated.
'Education first'? Not in The Deadbeat State. Sun Times: Illinois legislators are cheating 2,066,692 children. Indiana lawmakers are proposing huge increases in state education funding this year. Ditto those in Wisconsin.