UNO Allies May Over-Ride Sposato

Things are pretty slow but today’s news includes coverage of continued protests against closures and turnarounds, proposals to include student input in teacher evaluations, and — this is perhaps the most newsy item of the bunch — indications that the City Council will override Sposato to let UNO open a charter in Galewood. So much for aldermanic privilege, right?  Then again, the kids in Galewood need more spaces and better-performing schools than they currently have.

Parents Want Mayor To Halt School Closures, Meet With Them First CBS2: Parents of Chicago Public Schools students gathered outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office Monday to demand he hold off on plans to close or overhaul several public schools and meet with them.

Uproar continues over plans for South Side schools Tribune:  Two weeks after they first protested outside the mayor’s office, members of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization were back at City Hall on Monday demanding a meeting to pitch an alternative plan for reforming failing schools in their neighborhood.

Parents and community leaders protest Chicago Public Schools’ proposed closings WBEZ:  Steven Guy said he’s the grandparent of a student from Fuller Elementary School. He said they do not supporting closing of their schools.

A Push to Have Students Factor Into Teacher Evaluations CNC:  Last month, CPS and the Chicago Public Education Fund released a report that summarized the feedback they received from teachers on new evaluations. Many were concerned that students may be “too immature” to evaluate teachers, turning the measure into a “popularity contest.”

Council to Buck Tradition for School Vote CNC:  Overriding the will of the local, rookie alderman – and selectively ignoring one of its own conventions – the City Council’s Zoning Committee will hold a special meeting Thursday to vote on a charter school proposal from an organization with close ties to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Art Education Requested as CPS, CTU Agree to Longer School Day ChicagoTalks:  This functional, colorful artwork was not just a fun camp service project, but also an opportunity for art education and therapy through art at a time very many CPS students go without exposure to art in a structured classroom setting.

Prairie Crossing Charter School principal dismissed Tribune:  In a letter to the Grayslake community Saturday, Prairie Crossing Charter School Executive Director Nigel Whittington announced the school board’s decision.

ChicagoQuest charter school turns learning into a game Tribune:  “I really like this school, because, last year we weren’t interacting, and here I’m interacting and learning and not slouching in my seat.” ChicagoQuest, one of 16 charters run by Chicago International Charter Schools.

Teachers step in to stop dogs from attacking students at suburban grade school Sun Times:Three first-graders at a southwest suburban elementary school were spared serious injury at the hands of two loose dogs thanks to two faculty members who jumped in to stop the attack.

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