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October Board Meeting Day

October Board Meeting Day

Happy Wednesday.  Today's a Board meeting day, and the big announcement seems to be that Hancock HS is going to become selective.  In other news, CTU is selling a Gold Coast apartment tower it owns (who knew?), CPS enrollment is now below 400K (final numbers are in), and Catalyst wonders whether the Mayor's preschool plan is good enough. All that plus national news and news from other cities is below the fold. 

HANCOCK

CPS plans elite status for high school on Southwest Side Tribune: The Chicago Board of Education is expected on Wednesday to approve a plan to make Hancock College Prep High School in the 2015-16 school year the city's 11th selective-enrollment high school.

Sparse crowd at CPS HQ before Board of Ed vote on Hancock school
Chicago Sun-Times: Rosalyn Pedraza stood at a sparsely attended public meeting Tuesday atChicago Public Schools headquarters fighting back tears and calling a proposal to convert Hancock College Preparatory High School into a selective enrollment school a “unilateral ...

Teachers union selling Gold Coast apartment tower Crain's Chicago Business: Chicago landlord Robert Buford, who owns more than 3,000 apartments on Chicago's North Side, is adding 224 more by buying a Gold Coast tower from the Chicago Teachers Union.

Chicago Teachers Union Interim President Chicago Tonight: With both a gubernatorial and mayoral election pending, the Chicago Teachers Union is also prepping for contract negotiations with the city, while President Karen Lewis is out fighting brain cancer. Interim President Jesse Sharkey,

Jury still out on Emanuel preschool expansion plans Catalyst: Unlike any Chicago mayor before him, Rahm Emanuel has made the expansion of quality early childhood education programs a focal point of his agenda. He lengthened the official kindergarten school day, centralized the preschool application process, diverted some city revenue to make up for a loss in...

CPS enrollment dips below 400,000 for first time in years Sun Times: CPS-run schools lost about 5,000 elementary students and about 2,000 high school students, while schools run by charter and contract management organizations gained about 2,400 students.

Mayor Emanuel, Education and Community Leaders Launch Funding Campaign ... eNews Park Forest: Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Board of Education President David Vitale and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett today announced a transformative $38 million arts education funding campaign...

All Teachers at Chicago School Sent to Sensitivity Training Because One Might ... National Review Online: Chicago Public Schools is sending all teachers at Medgar Evers Elementary to sensitivity training because one teacher may have called students stupid during recess.

NATIONAL

Education Secretary Duncan talks tech with L.A. Unified's Cortines LA Times: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in a brief visit to Los Angeles on Tuesday, met with newly installed L.A. Unified Supt. Ramon C. Cortines to talk about local technology problems and the state of local schools.

Education secretary says time to debate preschool is over KPCC: U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a conference of preschool advocates in Los Angeles Tuesday that the value of early education to young children is undisputed and the effort should shift to expanding it to more kids.

Baker, Coakley to Face off in Gubernatorial Debate AP: GOP's Baker, Democrat Coakley face each other in debate in race for Massachusetts governor

Schools Face Fears of Ebola, Drop in Attendance Texas Tribune: Fear over possible exposure to Ebola has triggered campus closures in some Texas school districts and additional safety measures at many more in the almost three weeks since a Dallas hospital diagnosed the first case of Ebola in the United States.

Nation’s Wealthy Places Pour Private Money Into Public Schools, Study Finds NYT: With funding formulas that cap or redirect local property tax revenues to state coffers, some places are looking for other ways to capture local money.

Classroom technology can make learning more dangerous, and that’s a good thing Hechinger Report: Steve Jobs once called the personal computer “a bicycle for our minds,” a tool that helps us go farther with the same amount of energy. But for many teachers, it has been a bumpy ride.

OTHER CITIES

New York City Council to Look at School Segregation NYT: Though the Council has very limited power over public schools, the bill’s sponsors say they do have the ability to increase the volume of the conversation.

New York Schools Chancellor Replaces 8 Superintendents NYT: The major personnel reshuffling was the first since Chancellor Carmen Fariña took over in January.

Why Patrick Henry High is the perfect school to host Michelle Obama MinnPost: There are any number of reasons why Henry deserves the spotlight, including academic indicators that have earned it the state’s “reward” label — designating it as a school where students are able to achieve despite a 90 percent poverty rate.

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  • Karen Lewis’ Replacement at the CTU Has a Message for Rahm Emanuel - Working In These Times http://ow.ly/DbEm7

  • Has Gale Academy LSC or any parents there filed a criminal negligence lawsuit yet regarding the peeling lead paint there that they knew about, that there are records documenting this knowledge and they ignored for FIVE years?
    Has CPS paid for each and every student and staff member to receive lead testing and then paid for treatment, plus compensation for criminal negligence revolving around this issue? Will they pay for the brain damage done, the proven brain damage that lead poisoning causes?
    Just one more reason why I cannot recommend working for or sending any child to any CPS school ever.....

  • In reply to teacherparent:

    Normally in order to get damages for negligence based on lead abatement actual evidence must be provided to a court showing a direct like between the failure of the public offical to act and illness of students and staff. Just showing higher levels of lead in the blood stream is insufficient.

    Moreover, I am now in my 60s and went to CPS schools from K-12 filled with both lead and asbestos, I also taught in a CPS high school that had asbestos covered heating pipes for 8 years, and as of yet do not exhibit any adverse impact. I have of course had friends over the years who have gotten cancer and other illness potentially related to these toxins. But they were also exposed in other environments, so how could they possibly hold CPS libel?

    CPS's law department is fully aware of how difficult it would be to prove the type of correlations teacher parent is making and I would suggest from a litigation perspective they are not greatly concerned. I would also suggest that there are people in the CPS facilities department who would like to see corrective action taken, but they do not control the capital priorities of the Board.

    Moreover, does CPS tell parents in overcrowded schools they will not provide relief because they have to do massive eradication of potentially deadly toxins in schools faster? Rather than "criminal" negligence it would better be called structural negligence.

    Rod Estvan

  • CPS sells first shut-down school - [Peabody] Chicago Tribune http://ow.ly/DcpWx

  • In response to teacher parent-many of our schools are toxic-mold/uncleaned vents, uncovered/friable asbestos and unsanitary practices in the removal of waste-when the staff or union delegate brings up these issues it is often swept under the rug...parents are often unaware of these issues.....really, really, huge health hazards not to mention the schools with hardwood under the asbestos tiles.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    One of the last years I worked in CPS, one of the schools that I provided services had huge issues with mold due to flooding and other issues in the heating ventilation system. This is turn resulted in having to have asbestos removed as well. The clean-up crews had hazmat suits and masks hooked up to a clean air supply while they dealt with the removal while the faculty and staff got a nifty blue air filter, like the cheap ones at Home Depot, placed over the air vent in the classroom taped up with masking tape that kept falling down.

  • Yeah, I know. I used to work in CPS and I know, believe me, I know. And I know it would be impossible to sue CPS for their negligence. Its blatant and its criminal. The head engineer at my old school told me, before I left, that things were so bad in so many schools due to cuts in capital improvements that he felt a child or staff member would have to die or be seriously injured for any changes to happen. CPS? I laugh when I hear about the dozen or so families from the suburbs who try to test into our SEHS schools each year. What foolishness.

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