Today's news: School visits from Mayor Emanuel, Google CEO, and Arne Duncan. A Tribune look at documents suggesting receiving (welcoming) schools need repairs as much as sending ones. Toni Preckwinkle voices strong opposition to the closings. Longer walks. AUSL performance questions.
Google boss, mayor visit South Side high school computer class Sun Times: Google chief Eric Schmidt — accompanied by his friend Mayor Rahm Emanuel — popped in to say hello to computer programming students at the South Side’s Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy. “It was shocking, breathtaking,” said freshman Raven Crump, 15. “I would love to give him my resume,” she said of Schmidt.
U.S. education secretary to U-46: How can we help? Daily Herald: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan connected with a former colleague in the suburbs Wednesday to take stock of how the federal agency could do its job better. Duncan, who worked with Elgin Area School District U-46 Superintendent Jose Torres when the two were administrators at Chicago Public Schools, took a tour and participated in an education round-table at Streamwood High School.
CPS documents raise questions about closings Tribune: In many cases, the district appears to have selectively highlighted data to stress shortcomings at schools to be closed, while not pointing out what was lacking at the receiving schools.
Toni Preckwinkle rips Emanuel, says CPS closure plan 'weakens our public ... Chicago Sun-Times: Sun-Times' request for a response from Emanuel's office was instead answered by the mayor's schools chief, Barbara Byrd-Bennett. “The blame game hasn't worked for our students, and it's time for the adults to stop pointing fingers and start ...
Database shows average walks will nearly double Chicago Tribune: "For neighborhood students that will not receive transportation, the average increase in distance from their home to their school building will be less than two blocks," says a "Fact Check" statement released by the Chicago Public Schools several weeks ...
Class sizes, closing schools Catalyst: Schools that are underutilized according to the district’s formula have, on average, two fewer students than in schools deemed to be at capacity. Only 4 percent of classrooms in closing schools are above recommended class sizes and 12 percent of classrooms in underutilized schools.
AUSL turnarounds called ineffective, expensive CMW: Of twelve turnaround schools listed on AUSL’s website which the group took over between 2006 and 2010, ten of them are on academic probation today. Only one of them is rated as Level 1 — “high performing” — by CPS.
Why Vote CORE CPS Chatter: The same people who have been fighting to destroy the CTU, are hoping that even if CORE isn’t defeated, they can point at a large vote total for the opposition as proof that the Chicago Teachers Union is divided. Every time in the past, when they believed we were too divided to organize, we proved them wrong. I want to prove them wrong again.
Congress should do its job Sun Times (letters): What will happen to all the teachers and staffers left in the system allowed to live outside Chicago because they work in need-basis subject areas? Will there really be a “need” when there are going to be lines twisting around city blocks of unemployed CPS staffers looking for work?
BMI measuring in schools proves weighty issue Tribune: Like other fourth-graders at Evanston's King Laboratory School, Jennifer Dreller's daughter was discreetly weighed during gym class as part of a routine fitness assessment. But the experience took a toll on the 10-year-old's self-esteem, her mother...
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