Opt-Out Wednesday?

Opt-Out Wednesday?

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.


A Bronzeville charter school makes its mark in robotics Tribune: If their robot was ever going to fling Frisbees well enough to win a world championship, the students at Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy had work to do. Joe Michaelis, head coach of the Bronzeville school's robotics team, ran through the...
Concept Charter Schools get a green light Catalyst: The approval of the Concept proposal means a new reality is taking hold in CPS, one in which the district does not have total control over charter school decisions. Because the operator was approved through the state commission, the charters will receive their funding through the state. The state, in turn, will deduct the money from the district’s funding.

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.



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  • I wish some CPS neighborhood, general high schools would have made that list. Apples v. oranges when the top four are selective enrollment and the others a general suburban high schools. Snort.

  • Regarding the Finkl Elementary School abuse story in the Sun Times. While the teacher in question deserves due process in relation to the investigation and the families of the disabled children deserve justice I would ask this question, what level of supervision of the teacher in question was being done by the school's administration? What knowledge or lack of knowledge did the school's case manager have of these allegations?

    Rod Estvan

  • Thirteen children-one of whom(the victims) autistic-does not speak and a Down syndrome child-stated in the articles. A good friend works in a suburban school system where she is the full time speech therapist for a program for children with autism....5 children and 5 aides-one sped teacher and herself-hmmmmm...what are the caseload guidelines???

  • Boy, 15, shot near Obama home on South Side - chicagotribune.com http://ow.ly/korrV

  • Is it any wonder CPS usually has a shortage of SPED teachers? I watched many great SPED teachers leave CPS for a suburban district simply because there caseloads were totally overwhelming. Face it, SPED is the ugly stepchild at CPS! There is little to no support for SPED in this system. Having a child with a disability and a spouse who had to live in the city, we eventually legally separated and I bought a condo in a suburb where our child could receive the kind of services that were needed and would never have been provided by CPS even after going through due process, hiring an attorney, etc. It was cheaper than paying for years of private school, which weren't all that great either.

  • I just subbed at a school in a great neighborhood, high test scores, orderly environment-I was totally shocked that a child who has a walker and other physical disabilities was left alone (no aide) in my classroom for two hours everyday. The child walked but extremely slow and exhibited an unsteady gait. With thirty-six students in the classroom this child could easily be left behind especially if there was a sub. According to the non-tenured special education teacher this dangerous situation was brought up to administration and the case manager but the teacher was afraid to pursue it because she was not tenured. Special education students in CPS are really treated far worse than "the step-child" as the above poster states.

    I know other city employees on the south side who have gotten divorced in order to enroll severely disabled children in suburban programs. When you have CPS employees including principals filing due process against the system they work for something is so seriously wrong that I am not sure it can be fixed.

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