Bus Rides & B*tches

Bus Rides & B*tches

Today's news:  CTU took folks on a ride.  Mayor Emanuel defended Byrd-Bennett. Reform critics in DC (including CTU President Karen Lewis) held an event at which one speaker reportedly used a harsh racial term to describe former school superintendent Michelle Rhee.  

CTU BUS TOUR

Bus tour shows 'collateral damage' from school closings WBEZ: This school closings tour has really become a tour of Chicago’s ghettos. A tour of disinvestment and unemployment and neglect… a tour of all kinds of issues the school district did not create, but issues that complicate shutting down 54 schools.

Teachers Union Bus Tour Puts Spotlight On Impact Of School Closings CBS2: The union packed a luxury coach with elected officials, religious and community leaders, and reporters; to give them a glimpse at some of the schools on the chopping block, and an earful about the impact of closing 53 schools.

U.S. Rep. Rush, Davis Lead School-Closing Walk in Tough Turf on West Side DNAinfo: Rush called for a moratorium on closings and said there'd be a political price to pay for Emanuel, who has called for the closings along with CPS Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

CITY HALL

Emanuel defends Byrd-Bennett on school closings Tribune:  Mayor Rahm Emanuel backed his public schools chief Thursday amid charges that the plan to close 54 schools is racist, and he leveled criticism at the Chicago Teachers Union for what he said was its inability to articulate an alternative to continuing with...

Mayor says he’s ‘100 percent hand-in-glove’ with schools chief’s views on closing schools Sun Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday he is “100 percent hand-in-glove” with Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, who “spoke eloquently” in rejecting the notion that it’s racist to close 54 mostly-black elementary schools.

Rahm Emanuel on CPS School Closings: 'Status Quo is Unacceptable' DNAI:  The mayor voiced "100 percent" support of CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett Thursday.

CLOSINGS / CHARTERS

Third Phase of Community Meetings Around CPS School Utilization Begins This Saturday CPS: CPS Will Hold Two Community Meetings on Each Consolidation Proposal for Underutilized Schools
Charter waiting list inflation CMW: Wednesday he was saying the real number was probably “around 65 percent” of 19,000, based on his own “spot checks.” Thursday he insisted that 19,000 is a “conservative estimate” — the real number probably higher than that, he now says — since it excludes non-reporting charters and new charters that are just ramping up.
Afternoon Shift: Do or die WBEZ: Together, they'll discuss Chicago Public Schools CEOBarbara Byrd Bennett's response to claims that school closings were racially motivated and recent crises in college sports.
MISC
Parents could face counseling for kids’ curfew violations Sun Times: Chicago is “in for a rough summer” with “children taking over” the streets unless something is done to hold parents accountable, a West Side alderman warned Thursday. Ald. Emma Mitts (37th) vented her frustrations before a City Council committee approved an ordinance that would refer parents of chronic curfew violators to counseling and empower administrative hearing officers to compel those parents to attend.
U.S. Dept. of Ed. Protesters Turn Fierce Rhetoric on 'Corporate' Reform Education Week: Standing in front of the Education Department's headquarters in downtown Washington, Miami-Dade County teacher Ceresta Smith referred to former District of Columbia Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee—founder and CEO of the advocacy group StudentsFirst—as an "Asian bitch."
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