Board Approves Building Plan

Board Approves Building Plan

Emanuel trying to buy time as city's pension crisis escalates Tribune: More than a year ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel traveled to Springfield and told state lawmakers that Chicago's "day of reckoning" had arrived as he unsuccessfully sought changes to the financially shaky government worker pension system he inherited. On...

Urban Prep junior charged with bringing gun to school Tribune: Darnell D. Hamilton has big plans for college, but getting to and from high school every day has been difficult, his family says. Since he was a freshman, gangs have been threatening him as he takes two CTA lines from his Logan Square home to Urban Prep...

Facilities plan OK'd, but questions of money, equity remain Catalyst: Though CPS enrollment has declined in recent years, this year budget officials and demographers projected that the district would enroll 405,000 students—about 2,000 more than last year. As it turns out, they got it wrong: CPS officials now say only about 400,000 students enrolled.

Board of Education OKs master plan for school buildings Sun Times: Months after voting to close a record number of schools, Chicago’s Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday to approve its first “blueprint for facilities investments over the next decade.” Going into the vote, several board members still had substantive questions.

Activists Hold First People's Board Meeting Progress IL: The Chicago Board of Education approved Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) finalized 10-year Educational Facilities Master Plan Wednesday, despite concerns from residents who said it was incomplete, too vague and moreso an excuse to close 50 neighborhood schools than a forward-thinking document.

CPS' new math: $63 million more 'found' for schools Crain's: Chicago Public Schools supposedly is all but broke, having laid off hundreds of teachers,balancing its budget by draining reserves and having its bond rating downgraded.

Paul Vallas school ouster case is heard by Connecticut Supreme Court Sun Times: Did Paul Vallas, the former Chicago schools chief who’s now schools superintendent in Bridgeport, Conn., properly receive a waiver to state certification requirements for his current job? That question went before the Connecticut Supreme Court on Monday as it considers whether Vallas should be ousted as schools chief of the northeastern city. There was no immediate ruling.

Trash Bin Overflows With Beer Cans Near Closed School, Alderman Blasts CPS DNAI: The alderman tweeted a photo of an overflowing trash bin outside of closed Stewart Elementary School.

Bronzeville Pastor Reviving Empty School DNAI:The Glorious Light Church hopes to turn the former Price Elementary into a community hub.

Chinatown Principal Wins Magazine's Beauty Contest DNAI: More" magazine named St. Therese’s Phyllis Cavallone in nationwide “beauty search."
Ravenswood School Nabs $750,000 Grant for New Playground with Gardens DNAI: With a grant from the Illinois EPA, the school plans to build an eco-friendly playground.



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  • That George Schmidt is a rascally varmint. I was trolling over at Substance News and read Schmidt's article on the Facility Master Plan. George never gets things quite right and them makes lame, overwrought and incredibly verbose attempts to sensationalize even the most mundane of topics. If you watched Karen Lewis on Chicago Tonight or listened to her at the Board meeting, Lewis actually said she hadn't read the whole master plan but gave it a C - as incomplete based on Sharkey's read of it. She expressed begrudging admiration for the effort and the thoughtful debate the Board was having about it.

    C'mon George, there was no need to sand the edges of this story to fit your weird view of the world.

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