Today's news includes lots of closing/safe passage coverage, plus some tidbits about ping pong, tuition preschool, and a James Meeks oped. Oh, and the First Lady is going to visit Harper to talk about gun violence.
CPS School Closings: Board Member Shows Up at Stewart, Stockton Hearing DNAI: In a rare event for CPS Board members, Carlos Azcoitia showed up to listen — and got an earful.
W. Side parents, aldermen: Closing school puts kids on risky path Sun Times: King Elementary parents have been telling Chicago Public Schools how dangerous it would be for their children to trek to Jensen Elementary next year. On Tuesday, a bunch of King supporters, including Aldermen Bob Fioretti (2nd) and Jason Ervin (28th), braved vacant lots, a pockmarked garbage-strewn viaduct, homeless shelters, a halfway house and several boarded-up homes on the roughly eight-block walk from King, which is on the CPS closing list, to Jensen.
Parents, aldermen walk the distance from King to Jensen WBEZ: The walk from King Elementary to Jensen Elementary on Chicago’s West Side is 20 minutes each way—past boarded-up buildings and vacant lots.
School Closing Opponents Stage Protest Walks On West Side CBS Local: However, CPS Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett walked a different “Safe Passage” route to Fenger High School, along with four students who use the route every day, so show the efforts the city and district have made to help kids get to ...
Hyde Park mom takes on CPS Hyde Park Herald: “I want the mayor and Barbara Byrd-Bennett to read it and adjust their perspectives,” The blogger said. “They have not been to the hearings, they have not been to the schools, they have not heard parents, and they have not seen things from our ...
Michelle Obama to Visit Chicago High School Tomorrow WGNTV:Mrs. Obama will visit Harper High School in the West Englewood neighborhood, a school in which nearly 30 current or former students have been shot, 8 fatally. She will meet with a small group of students and counselors to hear firsthand about their experiences, according to a statement from the White House.
James Meeks: It starts with the family Tribune (oped): In 1956, the year I was born, 75 percent of all homes in the African-American community were two-parent households. Today, only 25 percent of all homes in the black community are two-parent households. In the 1960s and the '70s, African-Americans fought...
Table tennis program comes to Chicago Public Schools Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago-based table tennis company Killerspin -- the ones who helped launch the career of world-famous player Biba Golic -- recently announced a partnership with Chicago Public Schools.
CPS plan to charge pre-school tuition upsets parents ABC7Chicago: Some CPS parents have just found by e-mail that Chicago Public Schoolswill start charging sliding-scale tuition fees at school-based pre-kindergarten programs this fall.
CPS closings affect DePaul-shadowed schools The DePaulia: Though there are at least four distinct DePaul-CPS partnership programs available through Enrollment Management and Marketing alone, Jean Vipond, assistant director for academic development in DePaul’s Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning and Community Service Studies, said she believes the School of Education will be impacted the most by the school closings.