Clout List, Revealed

Clout List, Revealed

Today's news includes a redacted version of the Duncan clout list, a slightly reduced set of tests for some students, some charter setbacks for UNO and Concept. What else?  Let us know.  

CLOUT LIST

Secret [redacted] clout list for Chicago Public Schools WBEZ: Secret [redacted] clout list for Chicago Public Schools. Secret log kept by Arne Duncan's administration during 2008. It shows who made requests to get kids into the city's top schools, and where they sought admission.

BOARD MEETING

CPS: No more assessment tests for youngest students this school year Chicago Tribune: Chicago Public Schools says it's taking a closer look at testing, for now removing assessment tests for kindergartners and first-graders this school year. Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett said this comes after months of outreach to parents, educators ...

CPS cuts standardized test for youngest students Sun Times:  A day after some high school juniors boycotted standardized tests, partly blaming them for school closings, Chicago Public Schools announced thedistrict will cut one of the computerized standardized tests given to its youngest students this year.

Testing headed for scrutiny amid protest, boycott Catalyst: They’re already eliminating one test that kindergarten and 1st-grade students would have taken this spring. Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett says the protests didn’t play a role in the district’s decision. Rather, she says, parents and teachers told her that the Northwest Evaluation Association’s “MAP for Primary Grades” test just didn’t provide useful feedback on instruction.

School board approves $363 million spending package for system restructuring WBEZ: The Chicago Board of Education approved a $363 million spending package Wednesday that will help pay for Chicago Public Schools massive restructuring plan. CPS wants to close 54 schools—the most any school district has ever taken on in a single year.

Board Of Ed Approves Budget Additions, CTU Asks Board To 'Slow Down' On ... Progress Illinois
The Chicago Board of Education approved $363 million in additions to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) capital budget yesterday, much of which is slated to fund the impending closure and consolidation plan. Contending with a $1 billion deficit, the ...

CLOSINGS

Parents at school slated for turnaround chase away CPS inventory team WBEZ: In this Oct. 12, 2012 file photo, Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett speaks at a news conference in Chicago. 3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell says she contacted the CPS official after a disruption at Dewey Elementary. The proposal to close 54 ...

Rahm Hears Manierre Closing Fears, Won't Sacrifice 'Bright' Futures DNAinfo: Sarah Hamilton, Emanuel's top spokeswoman, said the mayor and Chicago Public Schools boss Barbara Byrd-Bennett do want to hear the concerns of parents from Manierre and the other 53 schools set to close as part of the largest school consolidation in ...

Lorraine Forte: School Closings Pose Big Challenge for Chicago Public Schools Huffington Post: As the saying goes, the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Unfortunately, that saying does not bode well for the thousands of children who will be displaced when 54 schools shut down this year.

At Chicago school closing hearings, crowds fade Tribune: After months of jampacked hearings over Chicago's decision to shut down scores of schools, the final round of public meetings — the ones mandated by state law — has often been sparsely attended and overcast by an air of futility.

School's Closing, Gang Feud Fuel New Fears In Old Town DNAI: Investigators said Blanton’s death was in retaliation for a previous shooting on the Dan Ryan Expy. Gangster Disciples members believed someone from Sedville was involved and were out for revenge, a police source said. Police theorized that two Gangster Disciples known as “The Twins” did the shooting, which also left another man wounded, the source said.

CHARTERS

State Cuts Off Money to UNO Charter Schools Over Insider Trading Sun Times: Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration has cut off funding to the state’s largest charter-school operator, the politically influential United Neighborhood Organization, over insider deals it says violated terms of a $98 million state grant, according to a letter obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Emanuel quashes zoning change for charter school Sun Times: Concept Charter School’s application for a zoning change to take over an industrial building in McKinley Park was supposed to be on the agenda at Tuesday’s Zoning Committee meeting. Sources said the item was removed under pressure from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office.

MISC

Teachers, Union Members Hold Pension Rally At Harper College During Debate Progress IL: "Illinois does not have a pension crisis. Illinois has a debt crisis, and there’s a big difference," said David Richmond, suburban vice president of the Cook County College Teachers Union, Local 1600. “The state took money from our pensions, and now they don’t want to pay it back. Any other circle, that’s called theft."
My challenge to Karen Lewis Chicago Tribune: The cause of the misery lies with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, members of the Chicago Board of Education and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, who have made it clear they wish to replace public schools with charter schools and break the ...

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  • Investigating the clout list, need to find Jack Harnedy, former head of academic enhancement-does he still consult for CPS?

  • OIG, CPS Law, Eason-Watkins and Arne had evidence on clout a one school and did nothing about it--even when the principal was caught.

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