Crain's says that CPS has a budget plan that will eliminate the $1B debt. The Sun Times and Tribune have questions about the closings and consolidation numbers. Catalyst has spotted a proposed new school performance scheme that would eliminate the ISAT (no surprise) and create a five-tier rating system (surprise?). Congrats to CTU President Karen Lewis on her bat mitzvah.
CPS close to eliminating $1 billion budget hole Crain's Chicago Business: Despite the lack of pension relief in Springfield, Chicago Public Schools has developed the outline of a plan to completely eliminate a projected $1 billion deficit for the school year that begins July 1.
CPS not offering same benefits to all kids in areas with closed schools Sun Times: As she made her case for closing dozens of Chicago Public Schools, Barbara Byrd-Bennett promised that each child whose school disappeared would be saved a place in a higher-performing school. The CPS CEO also guaranteed new science or arts programs in 19 of the schools taking in those displaced children and great investments in all the receiving schools: air conditioning, libraries and iPads. But after the dust settles, and many school boundaries are redrawn, not all children living in the shadow of a closing school will reap these benefits.
CPS enrollment figures for closing schools reliable? Tribune: Chicago Public Schools touted a smooth start to the school closing process this week by announcing that 78 percent of students at schools being shut down have been enrolled at another school, most at the one designated for them by the district.
Chicago Public Schools students in new schools Chicago Tribune: These 12 closing schools reported that 100 percent of their students have been enrolled in new CPS schools for the 2013-14 school year: Louis Armstrong. Emmet. Maps; 125 South Clark ...
School closings in Chicago—I ain't over 'em yet! Chicago Reader: Which is similar to what Barbara Byrd-Bennett, CEO of the schools, said in a speech last week. "Whatever has happened this past year, it's done. It is time to turn the page." Yeah, easy for her to say. We, the taxpayers, are paying Byrd-Bennett $250 ...
Who cares for Chicago's children? Aljazeera.com: Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the CEO of the Chicago publi school system, quoted Martin Luther King, Jr and preened, "The only consideration for us today is to do exactly what is right for children." Each mayor-appointed board member in turn delivered a ...
A New Era of Possibility for Chicago Students Huffington Post (Andrew Broy): Of course, no one supports charter expansion merely for the sake of charter expansion. Charter schools are successful only if they prepare students academically and provide students with the skills to compete in a rapidly changing economy. On those points, the data are very promising.
100-year-old murals to come down in Trumbull Elementary closing Tribune: Parents and teachers at Trumbull Elementary in Andersonville, one of 49 schools being closed by Chicago Public Schools, were dismayed when word spread this week that crews would be removing two century-old murals depicting Christopher Columbus.
After parents complain, CPS halts mural removal program Fox: Chicago Public Schools employees have pulled back on a plan to remove 80-year-old murals from a school that is closing.
Proposed school ratings: Scrap ISAT, close achievement gap Catalyst: Chicago Public Schools is floating a new performance policy that would abandon the ISAT, grade schools on their progress in closing the achievement gap and create a five-tier rating system rather than the three-level system currently in place.
Karen Lewis celebrates her bat mitzvah Crain's: Ms. Lewis, who lives in the Oakland neighborhood, attends a conservative synagogue, which she declines to name for fear detractors or supporters will try to find her during worship services.
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