Today's news includes Board meeting coverage (including some interesting votes by Carlos Azcoitia and dueling protesters), more about closings, and some news about school bus cameras from downstate. Anything else? Do we know how many kids opted out of testing yesterday?
School closings occupy CPS board meeting Chicago Tribune: With one month to go before board members vote on whether to close 53 elementary schools and a high school program, parents, teachers and an elected official came to the meeting Wednesday seeking to raise issues that they hope will save their schools from the chopping block.
CPS protests: Students reject tests, charter school backers want equal funding Sun Times: Charter advocates have said privately run schools have been unfairly blamed for school closings by the Chicago Teachers Union and other opponents of school closings. On Wednesday, they also spoke against a resolution signed by 35 alderman that requested a moratorium on the number of charter schools in Chicago.
Charters, closings questioned by board members Catalyst: Carlos Azcoitia, a former principal who has been on the board since November, voted against the establishment of a KIPP Charter School in Englewood. He also voted against renewing and expanding KIPP’s ACT campus and Chicago Virtual Charter School.
CPS Students Boycott State Test, March on Board of Education DNAI:Dozens of students passed on the second day of the Prairie State Achievement Examination to protest.
Chicago students boycott standardized test in protest of mass school closings MSNBC: Mayor Rahm Emanuel and schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett say the closings are necessary because too many CPS facilities are half-empty and academically failing.
Ald. Austin Blasts CPS on Security for School Closings DNAinfo: Otherwise, however, the board remained largely stoic on the issue of school closings, which it is slated to vote on next month, in the face of criticism, including renewed charges of racism against CPS Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett.
CPS students skip standardized tests to protest ABC7Chicago: Hundreds of Chicago Public Schools students are trading their school books and pencils for picket signs. Some were scheduled to take mandatory state tests Wednesday.
CPS: South Side welcoming school better equipped than parents say Medill Reports: Chicago: Students rallied Wednesday at Chicago Public Schools' headquarters in the Loop protesting against the CPS plan to close 54 schools in an effort to save $43 million in annual operating costs. As in many similar protests in recent weeks, news cameras duly ...
School Closings Adversaries Press On NBC Chicago (blog): CPS superintendent Barbara Byrd-Bennett visited Hefferan Elementary, a Garfield-Humboldt Park school that will be welcoming new students this fall from soon-to-be-closed Hefferan Elementary.
State Senate OKs school bus camera plan after fiery debate on red-light cameras Sun Times: Igniting hostilities on the Senate floor, a bid to expand the vast reach of red-light cameras by targeting motorists that illegally pass stopped school buses advanced Wednesday at the Statehouse. Despite questions about high fines and constitutionality of the cameras, the plan sponsored by Sen. Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) cleared the state Senate on a 36-12 roll call, with two members voting present, and now moves to the Illinois House.
CPS removes special-ed teacher after abuse complaints from parents Sun Times: A special-education teacher at Finkl Elementary School in the Little Village community has been removed from her classroom, Chicago Public Schools confirmed Tuesday — with the move coming after parents of her students complained of physical abuse against their children.