Closings: Two Thirds Better, Or One Third Worse?

Closings: Two Thirds Better, Or One Third Worse?

Today's news includes lots of different perspectives on the Consortium report on school closings, some of which emphasize the good parts (most kids went to better schools) and others the bad parts (a third didn't). There's also some PARCC coverage, and some updates from the ISBE and HOD CTU meetings.  No national news today.  All CPS. 

CLOSINGS: TWO THIRDS FULL, OR ONE THIRD EMPTY?

Most CPS students whose schools closed switched to better schools: report Chicago Sun-Times: Though most of the 11,000 students who were pushed out when Chicago Public Schoolspermanently closed their schools in 2013 ended up at schools the district deemed higher-performing, a third still landed at schools with CPS' lowest rating.

After closings, 1 in 5 children land at top-rated schools: report Catalyst: More than 90 percent of students displaced by the mass school closings in 2013 went to higher-rated schools, but less than one-fifth went to the top-rated schools, according to a Consortium on Chicago School Research report released today. The distinction between the two categories--better..

Study looks at aftermath of Chicago school closings in 2013 Chicago Tribune: Ronald Brooks and his daughter, Star, faced a difficult choice after Lafayette Elementary School was closed along with dozens of other Chicago schools in spring 2013. Chopin Elementary, the district's designated "welcoming school" for displaced ...

One-third of students affected by CPS closures land at lowest-rated schools ... WLS-TV: "The CCSR Report demonstrates that we kept its promises and upheld our commitments to our students and school communities," said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett in a statement. "The good news is that students are doing better academically, attendance ...

Did CPS take care of its displaced kids? Chicago Tribune: Last June, CPS offered its own assessment of the first year after the closings: Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett reported an uptick in performance at welcoming schools. "The promising trends we saw midyear of increased student attendance...

The Early Results From Chicago's School Closings Are Mixed Chicago Magazine: When Chicago closed 47 schools, it directed kids towards better-performing "welcoming schools"—some with considerably higher ratings, some slightly better. Not all parents took them up on the offer, for a variety of reasons

Retired Marine who oversaw logistics of massive CPS closings leaving district Chicago Sun-Times: Tyrrell resigned from the district and his $180,000 a year job “for another opportunity in public service,” schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in a letter to staff. Arriving at CPS in the spring of 2012, the Oklahoma native quickly rose from

Report details findings of 2013 CPS closures MyFox Chicago: A report says most of the 12,000 students displaced when Chicago Public Schools closed dozens of schools in 2013 ended up in higher performing...

PARCC

Online test for CPS kids can wait a year Chicago Sun-Times: A rebellion is underway at the Chicago Public Schools, led by Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennettand strongly backed by many parents. All but 10 percent of CPS' nearly 660 schools will skip the first administration this spring of a highly anticipated ...
State board wants $730 million more for education, tackles CPS testing Catalyst: Illinois State Board of Education officials expressed annoyance on Wednesday with the Chicago Public Schools decision to administer the state’s controversial new standardized test at just a small group of schools -- but didn’t offer any solutions for getting the district to comply.

Evanston, just say no to PARCC ChicagoNow: Evanston follows the lead of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) about school closings when the weather is cold. So why not stand with CPS on an issue

MISC

HOD Meeting Second City Teacher:  Sharkey said that eight CTU members ran for office, some were knocked off the ballot, and some have a real chance to win. He also said the question of having an elected school board will be on ballots in 38 city wards. He then asked the delegates to approve an extra $1.4 million out of the CTU reserve funds which came from savings to go toward political campaigns, the contract fight and communications on important teacher issues such as pensions, school issues and the contract.

CPS Announces Student Attendance Makeup Days MyFox Chicago: Chicago Public Schools (CPS) on Thursdayreleased a revised calendar for School Year 2014-2015, which includes rescheduled student attendance ...

Meeks-led state education board recommends 10.7 percent spending increase Tribune: The Rev. James Meeks took over as chairman of the State Board of Education on Wednesday and immediately backed the idea of a 10.7 percent increase in school spending despite the state’s serious financial woes.

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