A mish-mosh of education stories to start the day - perhaps more will show up later. Topics include closings, what to do with empty school buildings, test taking protests, UNO, a Meeks editorial, and a Zorn essay. Oh, there's an interview with Henry Bienen on what it's like to serve on the Board. More to come. Let us know if you see anything interesting or good.
Lewis: Emanuel, CPS Can't Be Trusted On School Closing Promises CBS Local: WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports CPS Chief Executive OfficerBarbara Byrd-Bennett has vowed students relocated because of closing schools will end up at better ones.
CPS may find school buildings difficult to sell Chicago Tribune: When Chicago Public Schools put the former Mulligan School in Lincoln Park up for sale in January, dozens of developers expressed interest in turning it into residential, office or hotel space.
Students want to boycott state test WBEZ: A district spokeswoman said there was some confusion at Gage Park and other high schools about the number of credits needed to be eligible to take the test—11 or 14. The spokeswoman said it is 11 and at Gage Park, there are currently 23 students in their third year who don’t meet that standard.
UNO deal helped its VP’s brother build company Sun Times: Rodrigo d’Escoto’s Reflection Window Co. had a “very slow” first few years. That changed with the hel of a state-funded, charter-school construction deal the Chicago company landed from the United Neighborhood Organization while d’Escoto’s brother, former Daley administration transportation commissioner Miguel d’Escoto, was a top UNO executive.
Henry Bienen on the Ups and Downs of Serving on the CPS Board Chicagomag: He answered all my questions except when I asked him whether CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett seemed to have a stronger hand on the tiller and more independence from the Mayor than did her predecessor Jean-Claude Brizard.
CPS Closings Would Push Some Schools Over Capacity, Data Shows DNAI: Nine more schools could balloon over 100 percent capacity, but CPS says some class sizes would drop.
James Meeks: How to save a lost generation of black males Tribune: It's going to take a focused, integrative, intentional effort by lawmakers, pastors and church folk, community leaders and educators to stem the tide of violence robbing our city of its bright future.
After 6 decades, Mom hangs up the red pen Tribune (Zorn): Nearly 60 years after she first stood in front of a classroom, my mother will retire from teaching Tuesday.
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