Today's education news: The final round of school closing hearings began. The Sun Times editorial page says that the savings are real -- albeit small. Catalyst notes that the receiving schools are going to be cramped. There's a new preschool program being implemented. See also comments and tweets from over the weekend. You have been warned.
Hearings begin, parents and teachers sound off on school closings plan WBEZ: Attendance at the first day of meetings was sparse. Across 13 hearings, fewer than 400 people turned out. At one of the hearings, the district recorded just one person having attended. At hearings held before the final closing list came out, 400 people turned out to single meetings.
CPS launches 27-day series of 180 public hearings on school closings on Saturday Sun Times: The Board of Education is expected to cast its final vote in late May. Three hearings must be held for each school to be closed, two in the community and one at the Board of Education.
Parents, community speaks out to save West Side school Tribune: A crowd of people appearing in red T-shirts that read "Save our Schools" packed a West Side high school auditorium to speak against the shuttering of Leif Ericson Elementary Scholastic Academy in the East Garfield Park neighborhood.
Activists Call For Boycott Of CPS Meetings CBS: “Why should we go to a CPS community meeting in which the mayor said it doesn’t make any difference,” Dwayne Truss, part of the Raise Your Hand group.
Parents voice concerns over proposed CPS closings WGNtv.com: That's a charge CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett took personally Wednesday saying “that is an affront to me as a woman of color and it is an affront to every parent in our community who demands a better education for their children.”
Editorial: Numbers add up for CPS savings Sun Times: How real are the financial savings projected from the closing of 54 Chicago public schools this summer? Pretty real, a close look at the school system’s numbers tells us. CPS has calculated the annual savings fairly conservatively. So the numbers are real, yes.
For the Record: School closing logistics Catalyst: A Catalyst Chicago analysis of CPS utilization data shows that in eight instances, the receiving school will be more than 100 percent over capacity if the current enrollment of the closing and receiving schools combines. In another eight cases, the building will be at more than 90 percent at capacity. (See school-by-school info in an Excel file below)
CPS preschools to start charging sliding-scale tuition Tribune: Parents can apply to as many as three preschools at one of 13 application centers, or on designated days at local elementary schools, in a process that, according to the CPS, begins Monday and ends May 3. Previously, applications were sent to individual schools and there was no limit on the number of schools to which parents could apply for their children.
Ready to Learn shifts preschool funds Catalyst: Twelve elementary schools and more than 40 community-based preschool providers around the city will lose preschool funding under the city’s “Ready to Learn” preschool competition, an effort to shift preschool seats to high-quality programs in neighborhoods where they are needed. Except for Hampton Elementary in Ashburn, all the schools that lost preschool programs are in Lincoln Park, the Near North Side, the Near West Side, or the Loop.
Chicago Police program protects kids targeted with gang violence Sun Times: Sounding the alarm to help save those students’ lives is a little-noticed unit of the Chicago Police Department — the Gang School Safety Team. Over the past three years, at the team’s recommendation, about 60 students have been transferred to other schools for their protection. Most are sent to another public school in Chicago. Some head to the suburbs.
Suburban teen in New Orleans for volunteer mission shot and killed Sun Times: Joseph Massenburg, 18, of Matteson, had just started a nine-month assignment as an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps volunteer when he was killed April around 11 p.m. He was in New Orleans and talking on his cellphone to a 17-year-old friend in the Chicago area when it happened, according to Joseph’s mother, Sharon Massenburg.
Mitchell: Rahm's parents raised him not to be scared of a good fight Chicago Sun-Times: Indeed, Karen Lewis, head of the Chicago Teachers Union, has publicly labeled the school closings as “racist,” and more than a few clergy are following her lead. Yet Emanuel, the city's first Jewish mayor, grew up in a household with a mother who ...
Parent Mentor Program Celebrates Statewide Expansion Progress IL: In one year’s time the Parent Mentor Program more than doubled its presence in schools across the state, increasing from 28 schools last year, to 57 today. Participants gathered at today’s conference came from cities ranging from Moline to Niles.
Kindergarten Teacher Goes 'Above and Beyond' DNAI: Laura LeQuesne Filipiak teaches kindergarten at Goethe Elementary School in Logan Square.
At Sullivan High School, Bhutanese Refugees Find a New Home DNAI: Hundreds of Bhutanese families moved to Rogers Park after years of living in Nepal refugee camps.