Today's news includes the City Hall response to the hearing officers' dissent (pretty much the same as the Board's), plus some more closing stories (Dodge!), a recap of the CTU debate last night (there's an election this month), and coverage of the charter school protests for fair funding.
Mayor isn’t promising to follow hearing officers’ school-closing recommendations Sun Times:Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he appreciates the work done by hearing officers who want to keep open 13 of 54 Chicago Public Schools targeted for closing but made no promises to follow their recommendations.
Emanuel not in touch, majority say in Tribune poll Tribune: A deeper look at the numbers reveals that Emanuel is viewed as in touch by just two subgroups: whites, who gave him a 50 percent mark, and those making more than $100,000 a year, who rated him at 55 percent.
CPS parents want mayor to walk new routes, reconsider school closings Sun Times: On Wednesday, dozens of parents, students and community members stood on the second floor of City Hall — and circled around the building outside — to ask him to join them in walking the new routes, in hopes of convincing him to keep the doors open at 54 schools slated for closing. Since April, groups of parents have walked the new routes to point out problems along the way.
Karen Lewis Wins the Brawl in the Electricians’ Hall CPS Chatter: At the CPS Delegates Meeting tonight there were debates for President and Vice-President. Both were pretty lopsided victories for the CORE slate as the Salvation Caucus seemed to lack any sort of coherent plan for the future of the union beyond picking away at their current leadership. It was clear that it was going to be a long night for the Salvation Caucus when vice-presidential candidate Mark Ochoa consistently ran out of things to say before coming anywhere close to the two minutes he was allocated to answer questions.
CPS wants to close first Renaissance schools WBEZ: Eleven years ago, on April 10, 2002, Duncan announced he would shut down three elementary schools—Williams, Dodge and Terrell—for chronic low performance. The idea was to start over from scratch in order to create something better. Five years later—it seemed to have worked. But fast forward another five years, Dodge is closing its doors. In fact, all three of the schools that would eventually help to launch Duncan’s signature Renaissance 2010 initiative are getting shaken up by the current CPS administration.
Editorial: School closings can't be wished away Tribune: The system can't afford to operate scores of underused buildings that must be heated and lighted and maintained, draining dollars that should go to educating 400,000 kids.
Hundreds Rally for Charter Schools NBC Chicago (blog): A mass of people converged on Chicago's Federal Plaza before marching toward Chicago Public Schoolsheadquarters on Wednesday afternoon in support of charter schools. The rally was organized by Charter Parents United. Supporters demanded equal ...
Charter school advocates call for fair funding at Loop rally Chicago Tribune: Asked Wednesday if the recommendations of the hearing officers would be heeded, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett "appreciates, as I do appreciate, their work." "Everybody is participating," Emanuel said.
Boston and Chicago Districts Roll Out Digital Writing Program For Grades 3-12 T.H.E. Journal: Boston Public Schools and Chicago Public Schools have launched BoomWriter Media's BoomWriter Technology Heroes Program, a content creation, delivery, and collaboration platform designed to reinforce the writing, critical thinking, collaborative, and ...
Stephanie A. Whyte is the chief health officer of Chicago Public Schools. New York Times: In February, the Chicago Board of Education passed a new policy on sexual health education, emphasizing age-appropriate instruction and medically accurate comprehensive sexual health education for all students in Chicago public schools.
Teacher who loved Cubs dies after choking on hot dog at Wrigley Field Sun Times: Palos Heights middle school teacher Maureen Oleskiewicz was such an avid fan of Chicago sports that she instituted spirit days for students to dress up in support of local teams, including her beloved Cubs, Blackhawks and Bears. On Sunday, the 28-year-old was with her brother at Wrigley Field when she met an untimely end choking on a hotdog, according to her family and authorities.