Today's education news includes the opt-out protest (which the Sun-Times opines against), some charter news about Concept, an unverified description of the closings process from CPS Chatter, and news that four CPS schools ranked at the top of the USNews annual rankings.
CPS students to skip standardized tests to protest CBS2: Some Chicago Public Schools students are skipping out on testing Wednesday to protest.
Editorial: Kids, don’t take part in CPS boycott Sun Times: All students must sit for at least one day of the two-day exam to be promoted to 12th grade and graduate. The first day is the ACT exam, the second includes science, math and reading tests that can lead to a career-readiness certificate endorsed by employers. The PSAE also is used to help evaluate each school and teacher.
Four CPS Schools Top U.S. News' Illinois High School Rankings Patch: The most prestigious selective enrollment schools in Chicago were named the four best high schools in the state, according to a ranking of public schools released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report magazine.
Cristo Rey schools getting new CEO Crain's Chicago Business: Cristo Rey Network, the Chicago-based umbrella for 25 work-study high schools across the country, has a new CEO — and something of a role model for students: investment banker Randy Kurtz.
Welcoming Schools To Have ‘Children Ambassadors’ For Kids From Closed Schools CBS2: As Chicago Public Schools officials get closer to closing more than 50 elementary schools, they were releasing new details Tuesday on how they plan to tackle one of the most sensitive issues: blending two schools into one.
School Closing, Gang Feud Fuels New Fears In Old Town DNAI: Neighbors worry Old Town's Isle of Vice will erupt in violence if CPS closes Manierre Elementary.
Contractor Says CPS Plan is “Insane” CPS Chater: They’ve divided up the receiving schools into 17 biddable jobs by bundling schools together. Some of the bundles may have 2 schools and some may have 6. Each bundle has a budget of $12,000,000. No plans have been drawn up and no estimates have been figured, but CPS is setting a budget of $12,000,000 for each of the bundles and will not go over. The contractors will then have 12 weeks to spend the $12,000,000 completing the upgrades.
Suburban high schools top-ranked on U.S. News and World Report: Several area high schools have been listed as the Best High Schools in Illinois under a new U.S. News and World Report ranking. Hinsdale Central High School ranks No. 8 on the list after the top spots were taken by Chicago schools.
CPS removes special-ed teacher after abuse complaints from parents Sun Times: A special-education teacher at Finkl Elementary School in the Little Village community has been removed from her classroom, Chicago Public Schools confirmed Tuesday — with the move coming after parents of her students complained of physical abuse against their children.
With the ax expected fall on state funds, school busing fee could be on the horizon in West Aurora Sun Times: Gov. Pat Quinn is proposing in the next fiscal year budget to cut transportation reimbursements to a 19 percent level, which would be about an 81 percent cut from this year and translate to an estimated $1 million less for the district.
Illinois' method for measuring student poverty raises count statewide Tribune: In the federal government's view, an estimated 1,339 poor schoolchildren live within the affluent Arlington Heights-based School District 59. But the state counted 3,536 poor students when it doled out a "poverty grant" to the district this school year.