Today's education news: CPS says it might still close some schools -- just not for under-enrollment. Plus the impact of the government shutdown on Head Start programs in Chicago and nationwide. Oh, and LAUSD's iPad program is facing problems (different from the ones CPS has?).
CPS announces possible exceptions to school closing moratorium Sun Times: Chicago Public School officials have pledged not to close any more schools because of academic or enrollment problems for at least five years — but on Tuesday they made it clear they could close them for other reasons. Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett wants the right this year to hasten the closure of schools already being phased out, or to close or consolidate schools “due to a safety hazard presented by the physical condition of the school,” according to a draft of guidelines the district released Tuesday.
Day 1 of Government Shutdown WTTW: It's day one of the government shutdown. We assess the local impact.
Head Start preschoolers sent home thanks to shutdown MSNBC: For 770 preschool-aged children in eastern Alabama, school is out indefinitely. Thanks to the government shutdown which began Tuesday morning, Cheaha Regional Head Start (CRHS) has had to close all 16 of its locations, furlough its 240 employees without pay, and tell parents to keep all of the program’s students at home.
Head Start hit hardest by federal shutdown, but other education programs face problems in long term Hechinger Report: For the short term, most schools will likely be unaffected by the federal government shutdown that went into effect today. But if the impasse in Congress lasts a long time, schools may feel the financial squeeze.
Healthy - and tasty - eating in Chicago Public Schools WBEZ: We talk about whether consumer boycotts yield any results in light of the Barilla controversy and recap the Bears game against the Lions. Later, we discuss what CPS is doing with its empty schools and ways chefs are helping CPS eat healthier.
Red light cameras coming down at 18 Chicago intersections Sun Times: Chicago motorists are getting some relief from video surveillance just when Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s speed cameras around schools and parks are about to start churning out $35 and $100 tickets. City Hall is removing 36 red-light cameras at 18 intersections where cameras have succeeded in reducing right-angle crashes caused by running red lights.
SCHOOLS & TEACHERS
Alcott College Prep Parents Rallying Community to Rebuild Playing Fields DNAI: The Chicago Public Schools originally agreed to cover half of the $1.2 million cost, but backed out.
10 students charged in brawl at Rich Central High School Sun Times: Ten students were charged with mob action — a felony — after a massive brawl broke out Monday afternoon at Rich South High School between students from that school and 1,400 students from Rich Central who were bused there after a bomb threat at their school, Richton Park Police said.
Canter principal wants to take students to DC Hyde Park Herald: “This is our last year, so we want to go out with a bang,” said Colleen Conlan, principal at Canter, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., which Chicago Public Schoolsvoted ...
Here's a notion: erase the Austin border Wednesday Journal: We can support reforming the Chicago Public Schools, while keeping in mind the words of the famous ward healer Paddy Bauler: "Chicago ain't ready for reform ..."
CPS teacher Nancy Solayman awarded $1000 in school supplies ABC7: A Chicago Public Schools teacher and her deserving students got a surprise in class on Tuesday.
A Tough Teacher Who Hit the Right Notes WNYC: Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky, Jerry's daughter, both performed in that concert orchestra, and an article in The New York Times by Joanne provoked an outpouring of support for tough teachers who had left a big imprint.
iPad Program At L.A. Schools Needs Fine Tuning NPR: Steve Inskeep talks to Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy about the district's $1 billion iPad initiative, which aims to put a tablet in the hands of every student over the next year. The plan has prompted questions about the role of technology in the classroom, and the extent to which it can enhance teaching and improve student achievement.
New glitches surface in LAUSD's iPad project LA Daily News: Los Angeles Unified's ambitious iPad project hit another snag Tuesday, as officials conceded that some schools have temporarily stopped using the tablet computers, and the school board scheduled a special meeting to get its own questions answered about the status of the rollout.