9 Revisions 5 Reprieves

9 Revisions 5 Reprieves

CPS has announced revisions to the plans for closing 9 schools, and the Tribune reports that roughly 5 schools might get off the consolidation list by the time all is said and done tomorrow. On WTTW, CPS's security chief claims that the use of the Fire Department isn't a last-minute addition. WBEZ says that access to schools is being limited by CPS concerned about critical media coverage.  

REVISIONS, REPRIEVES

Fewer than 5 CPS schools expected to be spared Tribune: Pressured for months by teachers, community leaders and aldermen, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's hand-picked school board is nonetheless expected on Wednesday to approve closing all but a few of the 53 elementary schools the administration wants to shut down.

CPS School Closings: District Revises Plans for Nine Possible Closures DNAI: The district focused on safety issues in response to opposition to closures from hearing officers.

PROTESTS

Chicago teachers lead protest of proposed mass school closings MSNBC: ... out of the resources they need to succeed in the classroom because too many of our scarce resources are being spent on maintaining underutilized, under-resourced schools,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett in a statement announcing the closures.
CPS limits coverage from closing schools WBEZ: Arturs Weible is a music teacher at Lafayette Elementary School in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. He directs the only string orchestra at a CPS elementary school. Before CPS CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett announced the closings list, Weible said journalists got into Lafayette easily. Now, it’s like a black out with the exception of heavily restricted visits.
School Board Votes This Week on Closings WTTW: The Chicago Public School Board will vote on school closings on Wednesday. Carol Marin and her guests have the latest.
School-closing foes take to the streets again Tribune: Beads of sweat dripped down Jitu Brown's face as he addressed about 150 marchers who had gathered Sunday afternoon outside Overton Elementary School in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood. The school at East 49th Street and South Indiana Avenue is slated...
Police lead school-closing opponents out of City Hall, 25 get tickets Sun Times: Chicago Police led away protesters Monday who blocked elevators in the lobby of City Hall after they vowed to “cause chaos in this city” to stop a sweeping school-closing plan. Also Monday, Chicago Public Schools officials released reports providing additional details of how nine schools that are absorbing student bodies from shuttered schools plan to address student safety and the accommodations of special needs students.

SAFETY

Kohn students would pass many vacant homes on path to Lavizzo Sun Times: If the school board votes Wednesday to close Kohn Elementary School, some of its students will be sent farther south in Roseland to Lavizzo Elementary. Longtime Kohn volunteer Nancy Thomas counts the vacant properties along the way.

Few Chicago school closings will move kids to top-performing schools WBEZ:  The biggest reason Chicago’s school district says it’s closing 53 grammar schools is to give students a better education.

MISC

Chicago students help get fish spy camera underwater in Antarctica WBEZ: The swimming pool at Lindblom Math and Science Academy in West Englewood is not exactly an arctic environment. But a group of Chicago students last week tested the warm waters with a fish spy camera vehicle designed to study Antarctic icefish. The goofy-looking icefish are some of the many species at the poles who could be at risk quickly-changing temperatures due to climate change.

 

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  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    Groups modeled on @ctulocal1 have sprung up in the AFT's affiliates in New York City and Newark, among other places. http://ow.ly/lfAOW

  • Emanuel's 'data mayor' image doesn't add up - Opinion - Crain's Chicago Business http://ow.ly/lfByB [re longer day among other things]

  • The security chief Chew seems an unlikely one for the role. She speaks the company lines in response to questions but appears to have no real clue about the community. She looks like she's in the wrong business. Which person is she sponsored by? Is it Rahm or Vitale?

  • In reply to sammy:

    Chew?...Chew??? Are you kidding me? It's Jadine Chou - - - C-H-O-U --- and she works tirelessly, knows the schools and their communities and does a great job for kids.

  • Manierre to stay open:

    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130521/old-town/parents-win-battle-manierre-elementary-wont-close

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Does not really matter if a few of the 54 schools are re-negotiated
    Emanuel will go down in history as the Orville Hubbard of Chicago

  • from DNAInfo: "In the case of Manierre, Byrd-Bennett determined that students at the school and the adjoining Ferguson Child Education Center benefit from too much private-sector support — funding from Target, Erickson Institute, DePaul University and the University of Michigan — to shut it down."

  • Give us a break. A woman who has been in the system for less than a year making these decisions is ludicrous. A mayor who doesn't know education making decisions is even more ridiculous. Now you have the hand - picked Mayors board doing the voting. We will see if this action solves problems. Hopefully it doesn't create more chaos. Guess who will be blamed if it does. Remember Bilandic's snow storm.

  • Hey D299 reader. Thanks for the name correction. I just heard Chou was a videotape watcher for CHA or CTA and never did actual security work before. Is this true? If it is she isn't qualified to lead the security plan for the school closings and student relocation.

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