Today's education news include info on the closings hearings that are starting up again on Saturday (as well as Board and City Council meetings), updates on protests (including the CTU bus tour), and a couple of tidbits about the Tribune and Sun Times' education reporting. Perhaps most notable is Governor Pat Quinn expressing concerns about the CPS closings and the lack of an elected school board in Chicago.
Quinn Endorses Elected Chicago School Board CANTV: On this week's "Chicago Newsroom," Governor Pat Quinn offered clear, direct support for an elected school board, contrary to Mayor Emanuel's position. He also said that closing so many elementary schools all at once can be "dangerous." Here's host Ken Davis' description of the program:
Last hearings on school closings start Saturday Tribune: The next round of public meetings on school closings begins Saturday — offering parents, teachers and communities a final chance to make an argument for saving their schools.
Controversy Over CPS Open Hearings WTTW: The rhetoric heats up in anticipation of Wednesday's school board meeting. Some critics say their voices are being excluded. Paris Schutz has the latest.
Mayor Emanuel's crowded-classroom approach to fixing schools Joravsky: As you may have heard, Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently jetted in from his Utah ski vacation to tell the city—particularly south- and west-siders—that he'd done them a big favor by closing 54 of their schools. That meant that 30,000 children would be moved into new schools.…
African-American Business Leaders Support School Closings Plan Sun-Times: A group of African-American business leaders is standing solidly behind Chicago Public Schools officials plan to close and consolidate some schools, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Top myths and misconceptions in the school closings debate Chi-Town Review: As both sides of the school closings debate square off, facts and figures get tossed, spun and scrambled. Chi-Town Review is setting the record straight on some of the myths and misconceptions that have spawned from the debate.
CTU to Host Student Closing Bus Tour Substance: In response, the Chicago Teachers Union has organized a bus tour for elected officials and members of the press of school communities destabilized by school closings. The tour starts at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 4 and will depart from SEIU Healthcare Illinois, 940 W. Adams St.
CPS parents call on Mayor Emanuel to 'walk the walk' ABC7Chicago: In a statement, the mayor's office said schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett continues to work with Chicago police, community and faith leaders to implement a safety plan for each school. (Copyright ©2013 WLS-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.) Get more Local » ...
The need for charter schools: The Tribune overstates the case Michael Miner: If we ignore the redundancy CPS can show exists, then we have 51,150 applications for 1,865 spots in selective enrollment programs and 47,881 applications for 3,697 spots in magnet schools. Voila!—a waiting list of over 93,000 students. How's that for a "haunting statistic"? It puts the charter schools' waiting list to shame.
Sun-Times claims credit for PURE’s state complaint against UNO charter network PURE: The actual reason the state is investigating UNO’s $98 million charter school construction grant is not the Sun-Times’s reporting, as their front page story suggested Saturday, but the complaint PURE and LSC members from Pilsen Elementary filed with the state Office of the Executive Inspector General on January 17.
City sticker contest scrapped, but not because of last year’s gang flap: clerk Sun Times: City Clerk Susana Mendoza’s plan to shift to year-round sales of Chicago vehicle stickers will eliminate a political headache for her: the annual sticker design contest that became embroiled in a gang controversy. “There will be no more contest because we’re moving to year-round sales. The sticker will look completely different,” Mendoza said Tuesday.
Pre-School for All – Surprise! New process for applying, starting TOMORROW! CPS Obsessed: This new central process for Pre-School for All will be in affect for all kids entering as 3 year olds next year. Current 3 year olds in a program will have a guaranteed spot in their current program, but can still apply to others without losing their current placement. Some key information below. I can’t figure out how they select who gets in where.
Chicago Teachers Union officials arrested for battery Legal Insurrection: Two teachers union officials [apparently including Martin Ritter] were arrested for battery during the so-called “nonviolent” protest. The video footage shows the alleged physical assault, which occurred as Rebel Pundit was attempting to interview Jesse Jackson.