After Closings Come Cuts

After Closings Come Cuts

Lots and lots about cuts, closings, and all the rest.  A Tribune opinion piece calls CTU's Karen Lewis out for the (brilliant) mismatch between her rhetoric and her actions, and John Kass attempts to coin a new word ("Lewisectomy"). Comings and goings, via Catalyst.

CLOSINGS & CUTS

Visits, pizza, ice cream to help CPS students join new schools ABC7: What happens when students from closing Chicago public schools get into class in the fall with students at their new schools?

STEM Program Touted by Rahm at Lake View HS 'Unsustainable' With Cuts DNAI: The principal finds the long-term prospects of the school questionable with budget cuts.

CPS parents, you have now entered the Twilight Zone Chicago Public Fools: Under the new funding method, schools are reporting budget cuts as follows:

How Did Chicago's Public Schools Get in Such a Huge Financial Hole? ChicagoMag: A main driver of the projected billion dollar deficit is a huge spike in pension payments, a problem that's been building for almost two decades.

Whitney Young may charge kids $500 for class Sun Times: Meanwhile at Burley Elementary, one of the city’s top-scoring neighborhood schools, parents and teachers gathered to protest elimination of all art programming and cuts to English, reading, technology and physical education programs.

Chicago Schools May Be Forced To Choose Between Toilet Paper, Teachers ... Huffington Post:  Protestors see the fact that some schools will be forced to reduce toilet paper supplies as representative of how detrimental the budget cuts will be.

CTU

Lewis' hyperbole doesn't match CTU's record Tribune (opinion): When CTU had the most leverage — let's say Day 4 of the teachers' strike last fall — was Lewis negotiating those issues with CPS? Did students get more art and music? Did CTU lobby for income tax reform, closing corporate tax loopholes and against predatory lending, issues she bemoaned in her speech?

Chock your mind full of useful wisdom with a Kassopedia Chicago Tribune: Lewisectomy: A medical term involving the awkward removal of a politician's verve and gusto through the application of brute political force and angry race-based rhetoric.b

MISC

Federal cuts hit Head Start, but city plans to make up loss Catalyst:  As Head Start programs around Chicago grapple with a 5 percent loss of funding because of the federal budget cuts known as “sequestration,” the city is hoping to make up much of the $6.5 million gap—and save classroom seats for children--through cuts to city administration.

Troupis, exemplary teacher awards Catalyst: James Troupis, principal of Comer College Prep, has received a Ryan Award, which is presented annually by the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation and Accelerate Institute to recognize “superior leadership in closing the achievement gap.”

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  • free event next week: The Future Of Mathematics Education In Illinois Policy Breakfast June 27 via Chicago STEM Consortium and RUEPI http://ow.ly/mgg4Z

  • RT @wbezeducation: Mayor Emanuel names Deborah Quazzo as newest member of #cpsboard, to replace Penny Pritzker.

  • ctu response:

    "We are unsurprised at the tone deafness of the mayor who clearly has an agenda when he appoints to the Board of Education yet another charter school proponent and Bruce Rauner campaign contributor. We are surprised he didn't appoint Juan Rangel," Lewis said. “Once again, this is a missed opportunity to include a compassionate voice that will fight for an equitable, thriving school district for all students.”

    "We are unsurprised at the tone deafness of the mayor who clearly has an agenda when he appoints yet another charter school proponent and Bruce Rauner campaign contributor to the Board of Education. We are surprised he didn't appoint Juan Rangel," Lewis said. “Once again, this is a missed opportunity to include a compassionate voice that will fight for equitable education, thriving school district for all students.”

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  • I would like to start practicing law, although my degree is in marketing. I think we should start an organization called Sue for America. I would get paid full pay as a public defender for the poorest people in prison, have all my previous student loans forgiven and get a law degree . Then, after 2 years of screwing up people's defenses and getting the innocent sent to the electric chair, I can walk away from the mess I've made of the judicial system, go into my actual chosen profession debt free while declaring myself an expert in poverty law (useful if I decide later portray myself as a selfless saint and run for political office).

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