Thanks for all the comments last week. I hope the first day back is going well. There's lots of coverage of the Safe Passages program and the school closures in the media-- understandably, I guess. Assuming nothing untoward happens at those schools today, what else is going on around CPS, in terms of new programs, policies, changed staffing, or other complaints or compliments you might have?
Workers keep watch over new Chicago school year AP: Thousands of Chicago Public Schools students will head to new schools Monday, the first day of what Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called "a new beginning" for the nation's third-largest district after a number of schools were closed....
CPS' first day awaits amid budget cuts, school closings Chicago Tribune: About a year after a strike shut down Chicago Public Schools for seven days, 403,000 students return to classes Monday in a district shaken by school closings, hammered by
Safety first: CPS ‘Safe Passage’ program gets first test Monday Sun Times: The eyes of the city will be on Chicago Public Schools “Safe Passage” routes Monday morning as thousands of children walk unfamiliar sidewalks to newly assigned schools in the wake of massive school closings. “We’re ready,” said Alice Henry, principal of Johnson School of Excellence in North Lawndale, which is welcoming about 60 students from the now-shuttered Pope Elementary. “We’re in good shape and I’m confident this is going to be a smooth transition.”
CPS' first day awaits amid budget cuts, school closings Tribune: About a year after a strike shut down Chicago Public Schools for seven days, 403,000 students return to classes Monday in a district shaken by school closings, hammered by budget cuts and forced to confront safety concerns with an unprecedented increase...
Violence plagues some new 'Safe Passage' routes WBEZ: Safe Passage is already in place near 35 Chicago high schools and four elementary schools. CPS and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration are expanding it this year to allay safety concerns for the roughly 10,000 students who will be heading to new receiving schools this year, sometimes through dangerous gang territory.
State website to add teacher disciplinary action Tribune: With a computer click, you can see if a lawyer was disbarred, a medical doctor put on probation or whether a host of other professionals were disciplined — from accountants to veterinarians.
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