The big news of the last 24 hours is that CPS is planning to make the SW Side's Hancock High School into a selective enrollment school. City Hall and CPS present this as a big win, while others (see Catalyst coverage) question the move. The Sun-Times story has some teacher reactions (on camera -- see video), and there's also reference to a SIG grant the school received that might have helped. As to the notion that there shouldn't even be SE schools, Ray Salazar (who teaches at Hancock) has this response: "I'll stop the fight for a Selective Enrollment high in this part of the city when Jones, Payton, Young, and Northside are options for all students in this city." What do you think should happen, or will happen -- and how will it all turn out?HANCOCK
Hancock High on Southwest Side turning into selective enrollment school Chicago Sun-Times: Teachers and staff at Hancock College Preparatory High School learned Wednesday morning that their Southwest Side school is expected to turn from an ordinary neighborhood high school within Chicago PublicSchools that educates mostly poor Hispanic
Hancock High may get selective enrollment status Chicago Tribune: A high school near Midway Airport will likely become the city's 11th selective enrollment high school next year and the first on the Southwest Side, Chicago Public Schools officials said Wednesday.
Hancock to become a selective admissions school Catalyst: The decision, which still must go through public hearings, prompted criticism from one of the leaders of a well-regarded University of Chicago initiative that works with neighborhood high schools to improve academics and increase college-going.
Chicago's Hancock High School to become Selective Enrollment White Rhino (Ray Salazar): We kinda knew this was coming. A colleague saw Mayor Emanuel at a restaurant not too long ago. When my colleague told him he is a Hancock teacher, the mayor said we’d be Selective Enrollment next year. According to the CPS official who spoke with staff this morning, at least one prominent Chicago Teachers Union leader also knew about this. The surprises are few. The reactions are mixed.
CPS grads can qualify for new city college scholarships Chicago Tribune: Qualified graduates of Chicago's public high schools will be eligible for a free ride at one of the city's seven community colleges under a scholarship program announced today by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Cheryl Hyman.
Former Peace Corps Teacher Annisa Wanat Challenging Ald. Deb Mell in 33rd ... ChicagoNow: Wanat wants to see a movement away from a top-centered, Mayor's Office control of Chicago Public Schools. She says we need an elected school board; a moratorium on charter schools; and a review of the CPS budget.