Court Approves Closings

Court Approves Closings

Closings upheld, budget cuts scrutinized, first day of school promoted, plus crime's down and more...

Judge rejects request to keep 10 schools open WBEZ:  Judge Thomas Allen ruled Wednesday the state legislature never specified the hearing officers had binding authority over school closure decisions.

Illinois judge rules Chicago can close schools Reuters:  "This unfortunate ruling ... does an injustice to the parents of these students," Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said in a statement.
Judge throws out Chicago Teacher's Union request to keep CPS ...  ABC7Chicago:  A Cook County judge has rejected a request to keep ten Chicago schools open.

Judge denies motion to halt CPS school closings Chicago Tribune:

A Cook County Judge on Wednesday denied a motion to stop Chicago Public Schools from closing 10 of the 49 elementary schools the Board of education ...
Judge Denies CTU Request To Keep 10 Schools Open Chicagoist: CTU filed the lawsuit in May, claiming Chicago Public Schools ignored the recommendations of the hearing officers—all of them retired federal or state judges.


Hits to classroom exceed CPS estimatesChicago Tribune: A look at individual school budgets — most of which go to classroom spending, with a smaller amount allotted to operations — shows that the hit to neighborhood schools could be higher.

City deficit to hit nearly $1 billion soon without pension reform Tribune: Chicago is facing a $338.7 million budget gap in 2014 — 27 percent below long-term forecasts and $30 million less than the hole closed a year ago — but the bottom will drop out in 2015 without pension reform, a top mayoral aide said Wednesday. Budget Director Alex Holt said the deficit will rise to $994.7 million in 2015, when the city is required by state law to make a $600 million contribution to stabilize police and fire pension funds and start them on the road to 90 percent funding.

Mayor Emanuel, CPS CEO Byrd-Bennett Promote First-Day eNews Park Forest: Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Barbara Byrd-Bennett today launched the School Year 2013-2014 ...
CPS to start a week early, attendance push begins ABC7Chicago: Despite the turmoil, the mayor and Chicago Public Schools are focusing on the importance of first-day attendance. While school starts in less than a month, ...
Police: Crime Down 15 Percent, Murders Down 25 Percent This YearCBS2 Chicago: McCarthy also sought to reassure parents of Chicago Public Schools students that it has been preparing for months to keep kids safe when they start attending ...
Gang members invited to summit designed to end the violence Sun Times:  Hundreds of gang members will be invited to a summit in Chicago in an attempt to broker peace in the bloodiest neighborhoods — 20 years after “gang summits” here drew national attention.





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  • The court ruling was obvious. If the hearing officers had binding authority, their decision would have been appealable to Circuit Court, not reviewable by the school board. Remember, the city council didn't have the authority to review the hearing officer of the board of elections on whether Rahm was a resident; that went directly to court.

    I really wonder why the CTU attorneys tried to B.S. the public on that, other than, of course, to get publicity.

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    In reply to jack:

    Why did the Board bother to engage this independent group if they clearly never intended to listen to them?

  • Yep, the ones making out big time on all this are the attorneys. Add up all the dollars attorneys get on all sides and I bet we can get art teachers in every classroom. Waste of time and money.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Unfortunately, that's all that is happening in Illinois, from this, to Metra, to the veto of legislators' pay.

    The only difference here is that both the union and board of ed attorneys probably are already on the payroll, although conceivably outside counsel was also engaged.

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