At least one school in CPS has found a way to keep everyone on staff despite budget cuts -- Senn HS. How'd they do it? Are there any other examples? Meantime, more closings, a nice NBC News segment on Project Exploration, and a Tribune editorial about how Illinois teacher preparation programs are getting better (but are still pretty weak).
Schools not closing feel CPS budget sting Sun Times: Faced with a need to reduce spending for next year, many Chicago Public School principals are turning first to the programs added last: those that were intended to enrich Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s longer school day. Arts, foreign-language classes and even recess are among the first programs being shed by principals.
Veteran Chicago teacher witnesses a school’s opening and closing WBEZ: On the day Woods Academy closed for good, Ms. Mayes stood on the playground clutching a bouquet of shiny balloons. The playground was full, and Mayes had probably taught most of them. That includes Cheryl Allison, who was in Mayes’ class in 1968. Allison’s grandson had Mayes for a teacher this year.
Teachers, staff learning to say goodbye — for good — at King Elementary Sun Times: King is one of 48 schools CPS shuttering now; its children were dismissed Wednesday afternoon likely for the last time, with students from 27 other schools. The last 20 close Monday. Save a last-minute reprieve from one of the lawsuits in which King is named, the elementary school tucked into a quiet pocket at 740 S. Campbell will not reopen in August.
Editorial: How education schools can turn out better teachers Tribune: "Illinois is a model for the nation" in tightening ed school admission standards, NCTQ President Kate Walsh told the Tribune editorial board in a recent visit. In her next breath, however, Walsh said that overall results nationwide "are still terrible." Of 1,200 programs at 608 institutions, only four — none in Illinois — merited top ratings.
I grew up near Roscoe & Halsted in the 1970s, left for college and moved back in 2000, started this blog in 2005 (first on my own, then with Catalyst, and now with ChicagoNow). My dad went to Senn. I went to Near North Montessori and Parker. Since 2006 I've been living in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn -- the Wicker Park of New York City. I have another education blog called This Week In Education that focuses on school reform trends at the national level.