Protesters plan to be heard on CPS finances Tribune: The Chicago Teachers Union said parents, students and teachers will picket outside the district's downtown headquarters. A separate coalition, organized by parent group Raise Your Hand, plans to rally at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall and is calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to release money from tax increment financing districts to restore cuts to art, music, gym, technology and foreign language programs.
Budget squeeze in Chicago schools pushes some classes online WBEZ: Members of the Local School Council at Dyett High School say their principal has advised them he can’t pay for enough teachers with the budget he was issued from Chicago Public Schools. That means many classes—including art, music, Spanish, social studies, and even gym— will be online.
Stop cheating Illinois’ children Sun Times (oped): We’re seeing layoffs in big and small school districts throughout the state. Districts that have for decades had to “do more with less” have now reached their breaking points.
How Did Sequestration Impact K-12 Schools? Politics K12: One possible reason for the lack of anxiety: States are generally much more fiscally fit than they were in past years, Griffith says. "People tend to look at the bottom line for all education spending and most states had a decent budget year. ... They increased education spending and that might cover up the sequestration cuts."
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.