Brown At 60; Rahm Vs. Karen

Brown At 60; Rahm Vs. Karen

Today's news includes lots of stories about the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education plus the usual smattering of political coverage featuring Rahm and Karen Lewis.  Plus there's a nice profile of Victor Harbison's work at Gage Park HS.  No national news today, folks - technical difficulties.  

BROWN V. BOARD

Morning Shift: School resegregation in the 21st century WBEZ: We examine the legacy of Brown vs. The Board of Education and the face of school segregation today.

CPS parents mark Brown v. Board of Education decision by highlighting present-day challenges Sun Times: Chicago Public Schools parent Zerlina Smith spent the first minute of the day Saturday inside Gresham Elementary School on the South Side. She had been at the proposed turnaround school all Friday evening.

CPS 'Still Separate, Still Unequal,' Protesters Say on 'Brown' Anniversary DNAinfo:  Last year at a board hearing, schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett, an African-American, said, "To refuse challenging the status quo that is failing thousands of African American students year after year, consigning them to a future with less ...

Community protests school closings during 'Brown' anniversary Tribune: More than 100 Chicago Teachers Union members, parents and activists rallied outside a shuttered South Side CPS school Saturday morning calling for more support for neighborhood schools.

CPS parents mark Brown v. Board of Education decision by highlighting present ... Chicago Sun-Times: In a statement, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said ensuring quality education for all children remains the “civil rights issue of our day,” but said children in Chicago “are fortunate to have talented teachers, strong principals, and communities who are ...

Brown v. Board case an inch in an endless journey Chicago Sun-Times: In 1980, whites comprised half the city but only 18.4 percent of public schools when the Justice Department sued Chicago Public Schools for having a

Durbin pushes to allow undocumented immigrants to serve in military Peoria Public Radio: To build his case, Durbin's holding a hearing at a Chicago Public Schools military academy. His witnesses will include retired Army Colonel Kevin

 

POLITICS

Karen Lewis gets in fighting shape Chicago Sun-Times: They want him gone. If his re-election bid were held today, just 29 percent of registered voters would support Mayor Rahm Emanuel, according to a new poll commissioned by the Chicago Sun-Times.Karen Lewis is on it.

Defending the Common Core school standards Chicago Tribune: CTU President Karen Lewis calls the Core "an overreach of federal power into personal privacy as well as into state educational autonomy." She and other union critics say that the Core stifles "creativity in the classroom" — and that tougher tests

Uneasy is the hothead that wears the crown Chicago Tribune: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis has been her picador, stabbing at the Rahmfather every chance she gets. There are few, if any, negative connotations hanging next to Preckwinkle's name, at least for now.

Emanuel reflects on third year in office Tribune: A more-introspective-than-usual Mayor Rahm Emanuel reflected on his third year in office Friday, saying the decision to shutter dozens of Chicago Public Schools was the hardest he’s had to make and acknowledging his hard-charge personality has rubbed many the wrong way.

Don't rush an Illinois school funding overhaul Chicago Tribune: The Chicago Public Schools system would lose some money in state aid at first but would gain in other areas over time, according to Manar.

PRINCIPALS, SCHOOLS

Peterson Principal Who Lashed Out at Rahm Gets Some Local Support DNAinfo: In response to the principals' complaints, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett told the Sun-Times she invited principals to contact her directly if they're feeling marginalized or intimidated.

Trice: Valuing good citizenship and test scores: Victor Harbison is an award-winning high school civics teacher whose Chicago Public Schools students over the last two decades have undertaken ambitious class projects. They've built a memorial — with an interactive kiosk — to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. They've tried to stop older men from catcalling and even dating underage girls.

Parent sit-in ends at Gresham Elementary School DNA Info:A parent protest ended early Saturday at Gresham Elementary School on the South Side. One parent said police escorted all protesters out of the building at 12:30 a.m. But a Chicago Police official said a “peaceful agreement” was reached and “everyone went home safely.”

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