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, and some changes in the SEHS process, via CPSObsessed, and ... anything else?
Teachers union files suit to halt closings Tribune: The Chicago Teachers Union filed a lawsuit Wednesday that seeks to keep 10 schools from being shuttered, the third such action aimed at reversing the Board of Education's approval last week of closing 49 elementary schools and a high school program.
CTU, parents file lawsuit against school closures WBEZ: That’s because for those ten grammar schools—Buckingham, Calhoun North, Delano, King, Mayo, Morgan, Overton, Stewart, Stockton, and Williams—former judges ruled that CPS was not complying with its own guidelines for shutting down schools.
Teachers Union Files New Lawsuit To Stop School Closings CBS2 Chicago: The Chicago Teachers Union has filed a new lawsuit in its fight against plans to close 49 elementary schools. The suit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, argued the Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Board of Education should have ...
CTU, Parents File New Lawsuit Against School Closures NBC Chicago (blog): Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public School CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett sit down with Mary Ann Ahern and discuss Wednesday's school closings and CPS plans to incorporate students into their new receiving schools. Rahm, Byrd-Bennett Discuss CPS ...
WHAT'S NEXT? WHAT'S NEW?
What’s Next for the Chicago Teachers Union? In These Times: Asked how many teachers will keep their jobs, Lewis said that, “We will not know until they decide what they’re going to do with registering the children” from the closing schools. That registration is slated to begin at the start of June.
Can Chicago’s Troubled Neighborhoods Be Saved? Chicago Magazine: “It’s a slow death once you take the schools out of these communities,” Brad Hunt, an urban historian and co-author of the recent book “Planning Chicago,” told me. “No one is talking shrinkage, even though that’s what we’re doing. In Chicago, that’s not the image we have of our city.”
Q & A with OAE (Katy Ellis from the Office of Access and Enrollment) cpsobsessed: Starting this Fall, students can take the SEHS placement test in October or November so they know their final score BEFORE ranking their schools on the application. This will affect kids in 7th grade now who will be in 8th grade next year, applying to SEHS. If you don’t sign up for an Oct or Nov test spot, you’ll test in Jan and will get you scores on the usual timeline.
State lawmakers approve anti-truancy task force Chicago Tribune: Quinn, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett have said they will support the reform panel. The task force was proposed in response to a Chicago Tribune investigation in November that gained access to the ...
Trustees OK sex-change surgery for UIC student health plan Tribune: University of Illinois trustees Wednesday approved a student health insurance plan for the Chicago campus that for the first time covers gender reassignment surgery, a move that about three dozen other colleges have made in recent years.
Chicago school absenteeism update Tribune: While analyzing data for a series on elementary school absenteeism, Tribune reporters also hit the streets, talking to young students at community centers, in schools and around kitchen tables. Across the state, they found families racked by intense poverty and children whose reasons for missing school went beyond the stereotypes. Here are updates on three young people profiled in the series.
I grew up near Roscoe & Halsted in the 1970s, left for college and moved back in 2000, started this blog in 2005 (first on my own, then with Catalyst, and now with ChicagoNow). My dad went to Senn. I went to Near North Montessori and Parker. Since 2006 I've been living in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn -- the Wicker Park of New York City. I have another education blog called This Week In Education that focuses on school reform trends at the national level.