Archive for April 2011

AM News: $100K Pensions, Druggie Board Prez

$100000+ pensions for 27 retired state polsChicago Sun-Times: He later took a higher-paid position with Chicago Public Schools and his pension was determined based on the higher salary under a reciprocal state-pension system agreement that ended in 1994…Morton school board re-elects president with ties to wholesale drug dealer Sun Times: More than two weeks after scores of parents... Read more »

Board: Will Minutes Remain SuperSecret™?

It seems pretty unlikely given all the secrecy surrounding other things going on in the city, but there’s a glimmer of hope that Chicago’s notoriously secretive school board might — might! (prolly not) — be a little more transparent under Emanuel / Vitale / Brizard (assuming JC gets approved). What’s the news?  CNC notes that... Read more »

AM News: Consolidations Approved Anyway

CPS approves consolidations of schools, but will not seek tax abatement Tribune:  Among the final acts of the outgoing regime at Chicago Public Schools, the school board on Wednesday approved nearly $3 million in start-up funds for four charter groups and voted to consolidate 12 schools over the continued objections of parents…. Parents oppose schools consolidation Sun Times:... Read more »

Violence: Shooting Mars Return To Classes

Boy shot outside South Side elementary school Tribune: After he was shot, the victim was able to get back into the school to seek help… Boy, 12, shot in front of South Side elementary school Sun-Times: The threats the shooter made on the victim’s Facebook profile were deleted earlier Thursday… Elementary Student Shot Outside School NBC7: After he was shot, the seventh grader... Read more »

AM News: What'll IL House Do With SB7?

Illinois lawmakers return to tackle education reform and the budget WBEZ:  Tuesday, lawmakers return to Springfield to work on other challenges like education and the state budget…  Putting School Suspensions on the Agenda CNC: Cannon has been involved with Blocks Together, a community organization in Humboldt Park that is one of seven groups working to pressure top CPS... Read more »

Photographed: Peyton, Payton -- Payton?

Arne Duncan was at Princeton last week and met with a group of students including Princeton freshman Peyton Morgan (pictured) who was — nice move — wearing a Walter Payton t-shirt.  Apparently he went to CPS — to Payton, if there’s any justice, though I can’t get him to admit it to me yet.     

Update: CPS Wrong To Consolidate The Dales?

Parents fight a school consolidation Tribune:  Parents are upset at a plan to merge the two Northwest Side schools, which would allow enrollment to be more evenly divided between the two buildings but would eliminate a principal, a librarian and lunchroom staff…  A curious case: Avondale and Logandale Newstips:  With close to 1,000 students — more if... Read more »

AM News: Brizard Appointment Pros & Cons

Rahm Emanuel defends his schools chief Sun Times:  Similar charges were made against U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan when he ran Chicago schools, according to Emanuel… New schools CEO calls opportunity ‘phenomenal’ ABC7:  Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel’s pick the head CPS, Jean-Claude Brizard, sat down with a Rochester, New York television station recently to address the controversy surrounding his departure… Importance... Read more »

Reform: Tribune Kills SB7 With Kindness

Like this year’s overly nice American Idol judges, the Tribune editorial page focuses only on the positives in SB7.  But you don’t have to look that closely to see that the editorial page wants more — a LOT more — from the Senate-passed bill whose praises backers and commentators have been singing with perhaps a... Read more »

AM News: More Questions About Brizard's Past

Brizard largely likable but often not liked Sun Times:  The charismatic way he pulled [the encounter] off is typical, say friends and enemies alike in this upstate New York city of 210,000… Suits question new Chicago schools CEO’s practices Tribune: Brizard was introduced April 18 as Emanuel’s choice as chief executive of Chicago’s public schools, which have more than … Emanuel’s pick... Read more »