The big story of the day is the First Lady's visit to the city, which included a downtown speech and a trip to Harper HS. Did she talk about the school closings, pro or con? Did she suggest that CPS or its schools were responsible for street violence? Not that I've heard. Meantime, there's some back and forth about the Sun-Times editorial about the number of kids affected by the closings, which relied on a report by some UIC researchers. Former CPS charter chief Greg Richmond has an oped about the need for more quality options for parents. Last but not least: truancy, preschool, British School, and a harsh cartoon from Crain's.
Michelle Obama Visits Chicago to Combat Youth Violence WTTW: First Lady Michelle Obama makes an impassioned plea to Chicago business leaders to help solve the problem of youth violence here. Paris Schutz has the story.
Michelle Obama in Chicago: ‘Hadiya Pendleton was me, and I was her’ Sun Times: First lady Michelle Obama in a Chicago visit Wednesday grew emotional, choking on her words as she explained how she struggled to bring comfort to the friends of Hadiya Pendleton the day they were to bury their friend. “I urged them to dream as big as she did,” Michelle Obama said to a group that gathered to back Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s initiative to raise $50 million and invest the money into youth programs in troubled neighborhoods.
Michelle Obama: "Hadiya Pendleton Was Me...But I Got To Grow Up" Chicago Magazine: The First Lady, speaking at a forum on youth violence today, issued a stirring (but not very specific) call to action.
First lady’s tough stand against violence is long overdue Sun Times (Lynn Sweet)): The usually cautious first lady Michelle Obama came home Wednesday to voluntarily plunge herself into a controversy, speaking out for the first time on two life-and-death matters: On preventing youth violence in Chicago and the need for Congress to at least vote on gun control measures. To this I can only add: Finally. What is the point of being one of the most popular people in the U.S. with a powerful platform if you don’t use it. I just hope Mrs. Obama’s era of being risk-averse is over — when it comes to protecting kids in her city, my city, …
West Side parents, aldermen say closing school puts kids on road to danger Chicago 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), ...
Springtime for poor people in Chicago Reader (Joravsky): When I got home yesterday from one of the protest marches over the school closings, I had a chance to hear Mayor's Emanuel's latest explanation as to why he's closing 54 schools.
Unions Unite, Issue Joint Report Against School Closings Progress Illinois: Members and leaders of three unions representing workers in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system criticized the city's recent round of school actions in a joint report issued Tuesday, saying school closings hurt children, struggling neighborhoods, and ...
Charter school wars hurting all children Sun Times (Greg Richmond): While there is some overlap in applications to the various schools, there are well over 50,000 Chicago students looking for a better school. Unfortunately, they are seeking those better schools in the midst of turmoil that has not been seen in our public school system in decades.
Early education shakeup: Programs to lose teachers, students Catalyst: Several center directors contacted by Catalyst Chicago say they have not yet received information about helping students transition to new programs. It’s unclear what, if anything, the district will do. One center director whose agency serves dozens of special-needs students said she got a clear message from a meeting with CPS this week: “I have to do my own plans.”
Tribune's truancy investigation wins 2 national awards Chicago Tribune: The Chicago Tribune today received two national journalism awards for stories that uncovered a devastating pattern of absences among African-American and disabled elementary students in Chicago Public Schools. The investigative series, “An empty-desk ...
British School plans altered; reaction mixed Chicago Gazette: Approximately 25 people, including Alderman Danny Solis (25th Ward), braved the March 5 snowstorm to hear updates about the proposed British School coming to the South Loop’s Roosevelt Collection, a McCaffery Interests project.