Closings Hearings, Hush Money?

Closings Hearings, Hush Money?

School-closing hearing enters 3rd day AP: Chicago Public Schools lawyers will continue to call witnesses in the third day of a hearing to help a federal judge decide whether to halt the closure of about 50 public schools...

CPS official combative in court hearing on schools closings case WBEZ: Winston is a top CPS administrator and a member of CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett's cabinet. She made a strong case for school closures saying they will result in a more efficient system that serves kids better.

Gang expert testifies school closings will put kids 'in line of fire Chicago Tribune: A Chicago gang expert testified in federal court Wednesday that the Safe Passage program used by Chicago Public Schools to provide community escorts for students affected by school closings won't be enough to protect children from gang violence.

Official: underuse was a school-closing criteria  AP: An official for the nation's third-largest school district defended the closing of around 50 Chicago public schools, saying it was driven by underuse of buildings.

North Side school council rejects its Chicago Public Schools budget for second time Sun Times: The $100,000 offering was tapped from reserve CPS funds. Cash infusions ranging from $35,000 to $100,000 were also offered to 134 other schools to help offset severe cuts. …

Hush Your Mouths and You’ll Get Your Money Reader: And now, out of nowhere, it turns out he’s got enough money on hand to give three north-side schools $100,000 each—if they just shut up about all the other cuts in town.

Michelle Obama visits Chicago school program ABC7Chicago.com:  This past year was Chicago's first with the organization andChicago first lady Amy Rule has become involved in the organization.

First lady visit highlights Chicago job program WBEZ: First lady Michelle Obama is telling high school graduates in her hometown of Chicago about her experiences growing up on the city's South Side to boost a career training program run by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's wife.

CPS Releases ISAT Scores, Rahm Credits Longer Day for Gains DNAI: Standardized test scores dropped for elementary schools, but CPS says it was from a change in scoring.
CPS test scores plunge as reality intrudes Tribune (editorial): Chicago Public Schools officials revealed Tuesday that only 52.5 percent of the district's elementary students met or exceeded state academic standards in the last school year. That's a nearly 22-percentage-point plunge from a year earlier.

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  • 2,000 CPS employees laid off today!

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