Today's education news includes coverage of a new charter parent advocacy group, as well as new UNO tidbits, plus a couple of closings stories, and updates about Harper High kids and Sister Souljah (remember here?). Anything else? Let us know.
Charter school parents form advocacy group Tribune: Charters already have backing from several advocacy groups, including Stand for Children, INCS and New Schools for Chicago. Advocacy training from those groups, as well as by charter network operators, got charter parents more involved and eventually led to the formation of Charter Parents United, according to Beth Purvis, CEO of Chicago International Charter School.
Insider Got Bigger Payout from Clout-Heavy Hispanic Group UNO Sun Times via CPS Chatter: Weeks after Federico “Fred” d’Escoto stepped down from the board of the United Neighborhood Organization, his company, d’Escoto Inc., got its first check from the influential charter-school operator toward what now totals more than $1.8 million in state-funded payments.
Community, elected official say Key School should move to Douglass – not ... AustinTalks: Graham said parents feel completely ignored and don't think their opinions were considered when CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett proposed to close 54 schools, four of which are in Austin.
After school closings, here's what CPS needs to focus on Crain's Chicago Business: With the recent news that Chicago Public Schools is planning to close 54 schools, the city is embarking on an unprecedented effort to reallocate resources among its more than 680 schools. The district has framed this as a matter of resources. In the ...
Harper High boasts two Gates Millennium Scholars, despite school’s struggle with violence WBEZ: Deonte and Brittney will have tuition, room, and board paid for at the college of their choice. If they go to grad school in one of the disciplines Gates highlights, that will be paid for too—all the way through a doctoral degree. One thousand needy minority students are receiving the scholarship across the country this week; 54,000 applied.
Report defends Chicago's share fo state school money - Pantagraph.com Bloomington Pantagraph: As an example, Republicans say Chicago schools get 49 percent of a property tax cap adjustment but have just 18 percent of the students in the state. They also say Chicago gets 47 percent of poverty grant funding, but has 31 percent of the children in ...
Ex-Rapper Sister Souljah Now a Literary Icon to Legions of Chicago Fans
DNAinfo: Souljah, whose trip was sponsored by Johnson College Prep, a Chicago Public Schools charter at 6350 S. Stewart Ave., advocated for community-based literature classes in the inner-city.
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