Today's news includes stories about this weekend's neighborhood schools fair (did you go?) and the implications of the Park District pension deal (would it work for CPS?). National news includes Arne Duncan comments about "white suburban moms" that angered Common Core critics (white suburban moms?). In comments, readers are talking about why Trumbull was closed and what will happen to the building next.
NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL FAIR
Moms Organize Fair Touting Neighborhood School Extracurriculars DNAI Chicago:Parents, students and teachers met at Roberto Clemente High School Saturday for a neighborhood schools fair, which aimed to tout programs and services offered by neighborhood schools across the city. The event was spearheaded by 13 moms who met while protesting Chicago Public Schools' decision to close 50 schools earlier this year.
CPS parents plan fair to promote neighborhood schools Sun Times: Inspired by the closing of dozens of Chicago neighborhood schools, a group of volunteer parents decided it’s time to showcase what they say are the “hearts of communities.” On Saturday, nearly 60 Chicago Public Schools elementary and high schools will gather and promote their programs at the first ever Neighborhood Schools Fair, organizers said.
Chicago park district's pension reform could be statewide test case The Dome: As pressure mounts on Illinois lawmakers to solve the state's pension crisis, the passage of reforms for Chicago park district employees is being held up as an example of a cooperative approach, even as it poses a dilemma for Gov. Pat Quinn, a vocal supporter of reform.
Emanuel, police union clash during contract talks Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel has made an opening contract offer to Chicago police, the union says it’s an insult and the two sides continue to head down a path that could end with arbitration.
How Chicago debt exploded Tribune: "Sixty years ago, it was hard to find people who doubted that each generation would be larger than the last. ... (G)overnments and employers built optimistic growth projections into their pension programs. They assumed that revenue and the workforce would...
Prosecutors: CPS building engineer stole two Macs from school Tribune: A 49-year-old Chicago Public Schools employee who allegedly stole two Apple computers from a Chicago Public School two years ago was arrested and charged with the theft after software on the computer led authorities to him.
The war between Chicago's 99% and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. In These Times: The weekend before the board vote, Karen Lewis was reelected president of the Chicago Teachers Union with 80 percent support. Over the next three days, hundreds of parents, students, and teachers marched throughout the city visiting schools to be
A Look Back At How School Kids Helped Buy A Copy Of The Gettysburg Address For Illinois HuffPost: As Tuesday's 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address nears, octogenarians' memories are one of the only links to a children's coin drive in the 1940s that brought a manuscript of Abraham Lincoln's famous speech to Illinois, the president's home state.
Chapman: Head Start and other federal failures Tribune (editorial): When the government shutdown began on Oct. 1, it forced the closing of Head Start facilities in several states, stopping educational services for thousands of low-income kids. So heart-rending was this spectacle that a pair of Texas philanthropists gave $10 million to keep the doors open.
'White moms' remark fuels Common Core clash Politico: Education Secretary Arne Duncan realized fairly quickly that he had stumbled.Two hours later, with those comments sparking outrage on social media, Duncan told POLITICO that he “didn’t say it perfectly.” But he stood by his thesis: To oppose the Common Core is to oppose progress.
Money for new curriculum is out, education firms ready sales pitch KPCC: State funds for the Common Core transition are unique in that they are largely unregulated. Even though California passed the Common Core standards in 2010, it has provided schools little guidance on which of the countless books and other materials out there actually meet those standards. The state typically approves teaching materials.
DC School Vouchers Lack Sufficient Oversight: GAO Report HuffPost: Washington, D.C.'s school voucher program, a political football often caught up in congressional budget battles, suffers from poor oversight, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Friday.
The GED gets a makeover: Will it make for better workers? PBS NewsHour: Twenty-two year old Robert Covington spends a lot of his time at the new haven adult education center. He dropped out of high school when he was 17 and now he’s trying to make up for lost time.