ChiArts Might Get Just-Closed Lafayette

ChiArts Might Get Just-Closed Lafayette

Hi, again.  Today's education news includes coverage of possible/likely-seeming placement of ChiArts at recently shuttered Lafayette, the departure of CPS-educated, Harvard-trained principal Nancy Hanks from Melody Elementary (pictured) -- a TFA alum who fulfilled three of her four-year obligation -- and some news of 80 layoffs on Friday (including teachers and support staff). Also: Mike Klonsky tells us how bad things have gotten in the suburbs South of the city thanks to gentrification, and the Washington Post tells us how DC schools paid a lot to a Chicago outfit for a one-day parent conference (at least it wasn't the other way around, right?).

CHIARTS / LAFAYETTE

Chicago Arts High School Could Take Over Shuttered Lafayette ... Progress Illinois: Lafayette was one of the underutilized elementary schools the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) district closed as part of its recent round of school closings.

CPS: Lafayette Building One of Nine Being Considered for ChiArts DNAI:A CPS spokeswoman denied reports that a decision had already been made to move ChiArts there.

Arts school to take over one of Chicago's 43 closed school buildings WBEZ: ChiArts is one of very few schools Chicago has opened in the last decade that has managed to attract students from all over the city—it boasts students from every ward—and from all income and racial backgrounds.

CPS arts school could get building of closed school Chicago Tribune: Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman Becky Carroll said the former Lafayette Elementary School building is one of the options being considered for the ...

DOWNSTATE / SPRINGFIELD

Latest Springfield News Chicago Tonight: Will same-sex marriage pass? Paris Schutz has the details on that, and other Springfield news.

Chicago area school district racial and ethnic change: 2003 – 2013 Sun Times: 2013 The largest ethnic or racial group has changed in 35 school districts in the six-county area since 2003. The key on the left shows how those 35 districts changed. Zoom in and click on the districts below to get the details.

JOBS / TEACHERS

CPS Layoff Notices Go Out to Teachers, Support Staff, Union Says DNAI: The Chicago Teachers Union estimated some 80 layoff notices went out on Friday.

Illinois unions hold strong despite blows to labor The San Luis Obispo Tribune: The Chicago Teachers Union wrested concessions from Emanuel in a 2012 strike, and one union leader said the former White House chief of staff would need "every damn dime" of his roughly $5 million campaign fund to win re-election in 2015.

'Mayor 1%': Emanuel's tenure strikes a chord and ignites a movement  ChicagoNow: Lydersen's day-to-day, week-to-week chronicling of the movements and organizations that have stood up to Emanuel's political philosophy in his first few years as mayor, from the Mental Health Movement to the Chicago Teachers Union.

Promising CPS principal follows promising CPS administrator to Madison Chicago Reader: Melody had something going for it: a young, energetic, highly regarded principal—Nancy Hanks. She'd gotten a master's at Harvard in 2009, in a training program designed specifically to produce principals for CPS, and she'd been at Melody for three years, during which time she'd worked hard to set a new tone at the school.

MISC

School reform and the gentrification of our cities Mike Klonsky: For many of these poorer suburban districts the changes have been a factor in lower academic achievement. One elementary school in the Posen-Robbins district dropped by 130 school ranks in the last three years.

DC education agency pays Chicago firm nearly $90000 for one day ...Washington Post: Alvarez said the agency’s turnover left it in a last-minute scramble to put together the September conference, the second annual D.C. Parent and Family Engagement Summit. He said he is confident that SPC delivered quality services, but he acknowledged that the time crunch prevented his agency from conducting a competitive bidding process that would have ensured a fair deal for D.C. taxpayers.

Adler Planetarium Inspires CPS Students to Pursue STEM Careers ... DigitalJournal: Girls Do Hack will immerse 48 young women, ages 14 to 18, from Chicago Public Schools in activities that highlight skills needed for STEM professions.

Uptown Teacher a Powerful Influence to Area Youth DNAI: Zane Bullie and his wife are like a second set of parents to some Uptown kids looking for guidance.

NATIONAL

 

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