Archive for May 2013

Mixed Transfer Enrollment Results

Mixed Transfer Enrollment Results
Today's news includes a few good stories about the closing / transfer / registration process going on around town -- be sure to check those out.  (Some parents are demanding to go to Pritzker instead of their assigned school, while others are just too angry and confused to make a commitment on CPS's timeline.)  Plus a couple of stories about the end of the year, youth safety (or lack thereof) in Chicago, and that change in mandatory enrollment that nobody cares about but me...

Another Day, Another CTU Lawsuit

Another Day, Another CTU Lawsuit
Another day, another lawsuit.  This one focuses on the 10 schools where the hearing officer differed with the Board’s decision (or vice versa).  Karen Lewis says she doesn’t know how many CTU teachers will be laid off, according to a story in In These Times.  Meantime, there’s a Mark Brown tirade against UNO’s Juan Rangel,... Read more »

New Board Replacement(s)?

New Board Replacement(s)?
Chicago Magazine's Carol Felsenthal has a fascinating article up about Penny Pritzker's timely departure from the CPS Board of Education, the delay in naming a replacement, and who the replacement -- or replacements --  might be...
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UNO Charter Cleanup

UNO Charter Cleanup
Barbara Byrd-Bennett gave a big speech yesterday morning (and there's another CTU lawsuit on tap for today) but Tuesday's big news was the attempt to straighten things out at UNO, the embattled massive charter school network. Did they do enough, or not anywhere close?  Also: At schools some receiving sites started giving tours to students attending closing schools, says DNAI, and there's apparently a one year moratorium on virtual charters outside Chicago. ...

Could Emanuel Have Done This Better?

Could Emanuel Have Done This Better?
On WTTW this past Friday, panelists point out that CPS probably should have taken another 11 schools ("at least") off the closing list, but that there's enough time between now and the next election for Rahm to recover politically. Nobody seemed particularly impressed by Emanuel and CPS on the merits or in the process.  Host Joel Weisman seems particularly enthusiastic about the idea that it would have gone somewhat better if presented as a budget issue than as an education one...

CPS Touts Record Grad Rate

CPS Touts Record Grad Rate
CPS says that the graduation rate is up to 63 percent.  Schools on (or off) the closings lists are making preparations.  The Trib editorial page has some advice for UNO on how to deal with CTU.  Transgendered students create challenges (and opportunities) for schools used to clear boy/girl labels...
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Both Sides Keep Losing (IMHO)

Both Sides Keep Losing (IMHO)
There are basically two things going on in the aftermath of Wednesday's vote.  On one hand, people are starting to think about what happens next -- the lawsuits, the logistics, the winding down / gearing up.    This is really (probably) happening, pending the lawsuits.  On the other hand, there are the next steps that CTU and a few others have promised to take -- the voter registrations, the telling teachers not to go to the schools they're assigned to, etc.  Yet again, CTU is walking a way a short-term loser and demonstrating its over-reliance on protests and opposition.  Yet again, CPS and City Hall have stubbornly gotten most of what they wanted at the cost of alienating everyone involved and insisting on plans that don't entirely make sense...

50 Schools Closed

50 Schools Closed
Closings, all closings, all the time.  Lots of stories about the coverage and what happens next. Who covered it best? What will happen next? Did the Board take enough schools off the list? ...

State's 7.4 Pct K-12 Cut Tops Nation

State's 7.4 Pct K-12 Cut Tops Nation
It’s no surprise that education funding has been cut in many states like Illinois (though it’s started to come back in some places already).  But I didn’t know that Illinois cut education the most of any state in the nation — 7.4 percent.  That’s according to a Wall Street Journal story about new Census statistics... Read more »
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Probable Reprieves For Six Schools

Probable Reprieves For Six Schools
In its meeting today, the Board is expected to give reprieves to four CPS schools -- Garvey, Ericson, Mahalia Jackson and Manierre -- plus change the closing and consolidation plans for Barton and Canter.  As of yesterday, Mayor Emanuel remained defiantly supportive of the move. The Sun Times Tribune editorial page urges end to the perpetual war between teachers and City Hall...