Happy Friday. Big news of the day is that CPS has lowered its cost savings estimates for the school consolidation process (big surprise) and that CTU is planning a march in protest of the closings (again, big surprise). What else am I missing? How's the week ending at your school/with your kids?
CPS quietly lowers its estimated cost savings from closing 54 schools WBEZ: Chicago’s school district will not be saving as much by closing 54 schools as it originally told the public. Now, the district is revising that cost savings number downward. It says it was off by $122 million, or 20 percent. The real 10-year cost savings figure is $437.8 million, CPS now says.
CPS releases draft 10-year capital plan Catalyst: On page 36 of the long-awaited draft of the district’s 10-year master facilities plan is this revelation: The district will only save $437 million in capital costs by closing schools, significantly less than the original figure of $560 million.
Teachers union plans 3-day march to protest CPS closings WGN: WGN-TV has learned the Chicago Teachers Union is planning a three-day march later this month in city neighborhoods affected by school closings. A spokesperson said the march will be May 18-20, and the route will take them through 30 miles of areas ...
Critics Up Pressure To Keep Targeted Chicago Schools Open NPR: A marathon series of public hearings over school closings in Chicago is over and the city is a step closer to conducting what could be the nation's largest shutdown of schools. Fifty-three elementary and one public high school are on the chopping block. Parents, educators and others say they're not ready to give up the fight.
Struggling Catholic schools strategize to draw new students Reuters: For years, headlines about Catholic schools in the United States have told gloomy tales of falling enrollment and multiple closings. Between 2000 and 2013, 2,090 U.S. Catholic schools closed or consolidated and enrollment fell 24.5 percent, according to the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). In places like Chicago's Leo Catholic High School ...
Payton baseball coach shouldn’t be fall guy in forfeit controversy Sun Times: A lot of important people were embarrassed last weekend when Payton College Prep backed out of its baseball game with Brooks College Prep after some parents at the North Side school raised security concerns about sending their kids into the Roseland neighborhood at night. When important people are embarrassed, they start looking for a fall guy, and for a while at least, they thought they’d found one in Payton baseball coach William Wittleder.
Confessions of a CPS parent who doesn't have Arne Duncan on speed dial Crain's Chicago Business: Mr. Rauner, whose empire is rooted in private equity, sits on the board of the Noble Network of Charter Schools — a for-profit educational venture in direct competition with Chicago Public Schools for severely limited resources.
How mayor can bring hope to city's disadvantaged students Chicago Sun-Times: In the fall, students from the closing public schools will be moved to higher-performing schools, according to Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the CEO of Chicago Public Schools.
White Sox and Chicago Public Schools host inner city baseball challenge Tribune: The Chicago White Sox will co-host the White Sox/CPS Challenge, a 14-team inner city baseball exhibition, in conjunction with Chicago Public Schools and the Salvation Army.
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