Lots of news today, including protests at yesterday's Board meeting (but no big decisions except on food services and for-profit dropout recovery contracts), hunger striking in Philadelphia (has that happened here yet?), another NCLB waiver from Arne Duncan -- for New Hampshire. Plus more. Take a look, let me know what I missed.
Chicago teachers, parents, students, protest budget cuts to schools WBEZ: Board member Andrea Zopp said it was “magical thinking” to assume there’s a pot of money hidden somewhere. And board president David Vitale said school budgets were created “in the context of what we have said for a very long time, which is we have a significant financial problem. Nobody has tried to make any secret of that.”
Raucous Chicago Board of Ed meeting after school closures, looming budget cuts Sun Times: Proposed budget cuts to individual schools dominated the meeting as they have the conversation since CPS released the figures to principals and Local School Councils shortly after approving the closure of 48 schools this month.
CPS Budget Cuts: Demonstrators Demand More Money for Schools DNAI: Demonstrators accuse the city of misplaced priorities, most notably slamming a plan to provide $55 million in TIF funds for an arena that would be home to DePaul University's basketball program.
CPS cuts trigger heated debate ABC7Chicago.com: Some lousy weather was not about to keep parents, teachers and students away from a cause they say affects Chicago Public Schools on every side of the city, budget cuts. CPS faces a record $1 billion deficit next year.
Fireworks at Chicago school board meeting Chicago Student Union via Washington Post: At about 1:57 into the video, the fireworks start. Students addressing the board are stopped from speaking, and then other students begin to protest and are escorted out of the meeting room by security guards.
CPS chooses meal provider, but competitor cries foul Chicago Tribune: Aramark Corp. was awarded the business to deliver 75 million meals and 70 million cartons of milk for Chicago Public Schools students during the next school year.
Hunger strikers protest deep cuts to Philadelphia schools Reuters: Camped out under a tent, wearing red armbands and matching T-shirts, they have drawn considerable attention. Drivers honk at them. Pastors pray with them. Union leader Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation for Teachers, plans to fast for the day Thursday in solidarity.
Opponents of state virtual charter ban urge legislature not to limit digital ... Aurora Beacon News: The law that bans new virtual charters outside Chicago Public Schools until next April was originally sponsored by Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora), who sought to give legislators more time to study virtual schools because she said existing state laws.
The New School Board Member Is a Glimpse at the Future of Education Chicago Magazine: It's more interesting as a look at the broader state of the education industry—how the rise of the technology and financial sectors, along with governmental interest in privatization during a time of strict budget cuts have integrated with school reform, creating a burgeoning market that's not limited to the hip MOOCosphere, but is making inroads in public education.
CPS wants 20,000 dropout seats in 5 years Catalyst: Board members voted Wednesday to give Camelot, which runs Excel Academy, a contract for a second school that will serve 375 older students who are far behind on credits.
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