Today's news includes WBEZ's of the 19,000-student waiting list number that INCS has been using (it's substantial but not nearly as high as that), some good news about a recent decline in violence, yet another puffed-up complaint from CTU (this one's about CPS "propaganda"), and a bit more about the school budgeting debate going on downstate, which has obvious CPS implications.
How much demand is there for Chicago charter schools? No one knows WBEZ: Though Andrew Broy from the Illinois Network of Charter Schools has insisted that 19,000 children are on waiting lists for Chicago charter schools, he now says he believes the real number is around 65 percent of that. He could not provide any basis for that calculation, other than to say he had done “spot checks with schools.”
Chicago Violence Chicago Tonight: After a bloody January, the first quarter of 2013 ends with homicides at historic lows. But what do the numbers really mean? Paris Schutz has the latest.
First rule of holes: To get out of one, stop digging Crain's (opinion): Unless we as a city figure out some way to provide better jobs for our CPS graduates and the dropouts who man the gang boundaries, no mining company executives will help us dig our way out of this hole.
Welcome back from spring break, CPS teachers! Reader: Any way you look at it, the mayor's making hundreds and hundreds of you reapply for your jobs. It's all part of his plan to woo the best and brightest teachers to come teach in Chicago so they can get fired.
Head of Philadelphia district's charter schools office resigns NewsWorks: Doresah Ford-Bey, currently the district's executive director of charter schools, will resign effective this Friday. In an email to colleagues, Ford-Bey wrote that she has taken a position with Chicago Public Schools.
CPS Web Ads Funded by Private Grant, But Teachers Union Cries 'Propaganda' DNAI: The ads are an "educational" campaign paid for by private funds, a CPS spokesman said.
Republican: Downstate schools getting cheated out of state cash Herald Review: BLOOMINGTON — State Sens. Bill Brady and Jason Barickman on Monday called for more equitable funding for downstate schools in light of a study by Senate Republicans that shows major disparities between those districts and Chicago schools .
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