Budget, Eval System Approved - School!

Budget, Eval System Approved - School!

Lots of action from yesterday's Board meeting -- including the approval of the budget and the new evaluation system, plus the boycott/protest (and access limitations) -- but there's also news from the schools about how the first week is going, including an interesting Becky Vevea update from a school receiving 100 new kids.

FIRST WEEK

CPS students serve as 'ambassadors' for new classmates WBEZ: There are about 100 new faces at Harvard School of Excellence. That’s because the Chicago Board of Education voted to shut down nearby Yale Elementary and send students to Harvard. WBEZ producer Becky Vevea interviewed a group of these “ambassadors” and a handful of new students who transferred in from Yale, and she explains how the first week is unfolding.

Students sweat it out in classrooms without air conditioning Sun Times: While new air conditioners hummed along at some 50 “welcoming schools” that took in students from CPS’ record number of closed schools, Portage Park Elementary School kids were among students spending another super-sweaty first day in 90-plus-degree temperatures.
The City Doesn't Know How Many AC Units are in the SchoolsNBC Chicago: The power situation at Mollison prompted numerous Chicago reporters to ask Chicago Public Schools officials to tell the public which schools had air ...
'Disgusting' Lot Near Wentworth School Cleaned Up After Alderman Complains DNAI:Although residents say they complained about "creepy" lot, it wasn't cleaned until Ald. Sawyer called.
Ogden International Principal, Vice Principal Resign Amid Investigation DNAI: Principal Kenneth Staral cited health issues in a letter read to parents Monday night.

BOARD MEETING

New rule to attend CPS meetings draws complaints Chicago Tribune: A new requirement that participants sign up online to attend the monthly Chicago Board of Education meeting drew complaints Wednesday and claims the district is violating the ...

Journalists, citizens say CPS barred people from attending school board meeting WBEZ: The school district issued a statement Wednesday evening saying it is updating its guidelines to show that it requests—but does not require— advance registration. "Any member of the public who wishes to attend the Board meeting can do so without registering in advance given that there is adequate space in Board chambers and its overflow room," a district spokeswoman said in an email.
School ratings changes made with research in mind, budget cuts now official Catalyst: As several hundred community members gathered outside to protest policies they deem racist, the Chicago school board adopted new school rating measures and a budget that slashed school spending.
PROTEST/ BOYCOTT
Hundreds march from CPS to City Hall in call for elected school board WBEZ: Chicago police estimate that about 400 people filled the sidewalk in front of the Chicago Public Schools central office downtown this morning, demanding that ...
Protesters rally against CPS budget slated for approvalChicago Sun-Times: With the Board of Education poised to approve Chicago Public Schools' $6.6 billion budget, protesters gathered Wednesday to take a final stand against cuts.
BUDGET
CPS OKs $6.6B budget despite objections by parents, LSCs Sun Times: Several of the seven board members appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel had questions before the vote, but ultimately all voted in favor of the $6.6 billion budget. It raised property taxes to the maximum allowed, for an additional $88.6 million; laid off teachers and closed programs in efforts to close a giant budget gap CPS estimated at nearly $1 billion.

Chicago school budget approved, taps reserves to plug $1 bln gap Reuters: The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday unanimously approved a $6.6 billion fiscal 2014 budget for the Chicago PublicSchools, tapping budget reserves to cover 70 percent of a $1 billion deficit.

CPS Passes Budget Amid Protests NBC: "I feel [Chicago Public Schools] is using our children," she said. "They're using them as pawns. We're asking for much. We're asking for a new, elected school ...

Chicago's school board deals with budget, accountability and charges that it violated the Open Meetings Act WBEZ: Chicago's Board of Education passed a $5.6 million budget Wednesday and also approved a new way to rate the district's schools. Outside, protesters called for board members' ouster. WBEZ education reporter Linda Lutton discusses those issues and charges that the district turned people away from the meeting in violation of the Illinois Open Meetings Act.

NATIONAL

March on Washington Inspires Educators, 50 Years Later PoliticsK12: Teachers are infusing the lessons of the civil-rights movement into their classrooms as thousands descend on Washington for a celebration that culminates with a speech by President Obama.

Minnesota test-results takeaway: 'Our kids did not get dumber overnight' MinnPost: Today your local newspaper doubtless carries the hotly anticipated results of the 2013 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs), the standardized tests used to determine the number of students who are proficient at math, reading and science.

Some schools drop out of new healthy federal lunch program AP: The transition towards healthier school lunches isn't sitting easy with some schools. Superintendents and parents say kids don't like the new menus and aren't full enough, causing the cafeterias to lose money.

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  • Alcott, Al Raby, Ag, LPHS, Morgan Park, Southside pilot student ID that doubles as transit card | WBEZ 91.5 Chicago http://ow.ly/onLlC

  • Why was open meetings WBEZ's Board Meeting headline vs the budget, the rating system, or the failure of the boycott? http://ow.ly/oohQZ

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    Speak English goshdarnit. Your link is about open meetings. Dunno what all of this other blogster gobbeldygook is.

  • CPS says first-day attendance higher than last year - chicagotribune.com http://ow.ly/ooxbV

  • So parents are supposed to trust CPS to hire competent people to guard their children on safe passage yet CPS cannot guard the 400 l-Pads (still in the original packaging) which were stolen on Thursday night from a south side school's auditorium? Whoa! Who had access?

  • Whoa...WHAT SCHOOL?

  • the Second City Cop website has been all over this for two days.

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