More CORE?

More CORE?

Today's education news includes a few pieces about Karen Lewsis' run for CTU re-election -- a race that seems to be getting little attention given CORE's prominence locally and nationally and it's amazing resurgence after early stumbles -- plus the usual slew of school closing articles (focused on Calhoun, Trumbull, Canter), and tidbits on cheating, violence, and school funding.  Anything else?  Put it in comments.

CTU

Karen Lewis will run again for CTU president ABC7Chicago:  Karen Lewis announced that she will run for reelection as president of the Chicago Teachers Union Sunday morning.

Karen Lewis: Next Three Years Will Be 'Bigger and Better' DNAI: If Karen Lewis is re-elected as president of the Chicago Teachers Union, the next three years will be "bigger and better" she told a crowd of supporters in Logan Square Thursday night.

Karen Lewis Lays Bare Chicago Teachers Union’s Mission Town Hall: So if students’ interests conflict with those of the teachers union, we can predict who will come first. The adults.

CLOSINGS

Community orgs protest outside Chicago Urban League Chicago Defender: Action Now and KOCO are both closely aligned with the Chicago Teachers Union which has lambasted Chicago Public Schools for its proposal to close 54 schools starting next school year. The community groups say that the non-profit, civil rights ...

High-performing school finds itself on closing list Tribune: A big blue banner hangs on the brick exterior of Calhoun North Elementary boasting how the East Garfield Park neighborhood school provides a rich array of computer access for students and has logged some of the best math scores in the city.

North Side mom fights to save Trumbull Elementary School from closing by CPS Sun Times: Ali Burke, a Local School Council member, is fighting Chicago Public Schools’ characterization of her son’s elementary school, Trumbull, as half empty; rather, she said, it’s at more than 80 percent capacity when you account for the special-ed kids. Months ago, CPS said it would not close schools that were at a capacity of 70 percent and higher. But CPS says the school is underutilized and plans to close the school.

CPS School Closings: Mom Uses 'Raise Your Hand' to Slap Back at District DNAI: Lincoln Square's indefatigable Wendy Katten is a "bulldog" in challenging official decisions.

Chicago school closings raises question about student commutes, performance decisions Tribune: With two of the four measures dealing directly with improvement, schools with solid scores that dipped slightly in some cases fared worse than poorly performing schools that could show improvement.

Frustrated Canter supporters argue against middle school's closing at 2nd public ... The Chicago Maroon: Chicago Public Schools (CPS) representatives again fielded questions, complaints, and outcry from community members in the second and final community meeting regarding the announcement to close Miriam G. Canter Middle School in Kenwood.

MISC

State education chairman calls for funding increase Tribune: The chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education today called on lawmakers to increase funding school funding by $874 million at a time when the state treasury is so short on cash that Gov. Pat Quinn has proposed cuts.

The lesson from Atlanta's shame Tribune (editorial): If ever there was a teachable moment about the steep consequences of cheating, it came last week in Atlanta.

High school senior shot to death day before daughter’s 2nd birthday Sun Times: Miguel “Mikey” Cancel was going to give his daughter a little stroller to push her dolls around at her birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese on Sunday. But the party was canceled after he was shot to death about 2:40 a.m. Saturday. He was in a car at a red light in the 4200 block of West Irving Park Road when a gunman approached and opened fire.

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  • Next Phase of School Closings Fight | Chicago Tonight | WTTW http://ow.ly/k5ADO

  • Safe Passages can work, say some of those involved in recent efforts AP @WBEZeducation ow.ly/k5AzG

  • if Canter does not close, then no CPS school should ever close. It was a huge mistake to open it.

  • will not be surprised if U of C take over that building....

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