Today's news: Canvassing with Stand for Children, "More than a score" demonstration at the Board, special ed preschool placement delays, Burns favors closing Canter, and a Dissent interview with Karen Lewis. Report card pickup days.
Education group seizes opportunity in CPS closings WBEZ: For the past few weeks, they’ve been canvassing Chicago neighborhoods most affected by schools closings. Juan Gonzalez is Stand for Children’s Chicago director. He says in the past few weeks, canvassers have knocked on more than 11,000 doors.
Parents want more play, fewer tests in public schools WBEZ: Organizers of the demonstration say the type of play-based learning the kids are doing is being pushed out of public schools to make room for more standardized testing in the early grades. The demonstration was put together by a local arm of the group called More than a Score.
Delays in special ed preschool placements spark more state monitoring Catalyst: CPS faces more intensive state monitoring following a ruling that the district isn’t doing a good enough job helping students transition from Early Intervention services into preschool special education.
CPS Closings: Ald. Burns Comes Out In Favor of Shuttering Canter DNAI: Ald. Will Burns (4th) said the CPS budget crunch means schools must close, Canter included.
Karen Lewis: "We Will Shut Down Your City" NBC Chicago: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis gave a great interview to “Belabored,” a new podcast connected with the left-wing magazine Dissent. Lewis is always provocative and unfiltered, but in this half-hour conversation, she discusses the school closing issue in more depth than you see on television.
Report Card Pickup Day CPSChatter: I can, of course, schedule a future meeting when I have more time, but now that CPS has eliminated that half hour in the morning we used to have, it has to be on my own time. I still do it, but I resent it. I don’t mind giving up hours of time for my students, but I will never enjoy my employer telling me I have to give up even minutes, if that makes any sense.