Morning. Today’s news: The Mayor is taking some heat for the $41M increase in taxes the Board voted on yesterday. Rocks and Resnick are leaving the Board. Some students go to school for 13 years without kids of any other race. Brizard was in New York yesterday joining other big city superintendents to pressure publishers to provide better, cheaper materials. Mayor defends $41 million school property tax hike Sun Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday defended his decision to authorize a $41 million school property tax increase — the second tax-to-the-max increase during his first year in office. With Emanuel’s blessing, the board has now raised property taxes by a grand total of $191 million in just one year.
CPS losing three top executives Tribune: Chicago Public Schools is losing both its top legal officer and its top labor executive to retirement in the midst of tough contract negotiations with its teacher’s union. General Counsel Patrick Rocks and Chief Labor Relations Officer Rachel Resnick will both be retiring.
Chicago students reflect on 13 years of segregated schools WBEZ: The seniors in this story went to five different high schools. Some have gone their entire education—kindergarten through 12th grade— without ever having a classmate from another race. ALSO: School districts can use race-based policies to avoid segregation
Supt. McCarthy: We have strong leads in slaying of 7-year-old in Austin Sun Times: After several shootings in her West Side neighborhood, Heaven Sutton had begged her mother to move. The 7-year-old looked forward to escaping on a family vacation to Disney World next month. Wednesday night, just after getting her hair styled for the trip, Heaven was gunned down in front of her home in Austin.
Schools chiefs give publishers ultimatum about new standards GothamSchools: Greg Worrell (right), an executive at Scholastic, introduces himself to Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard after the event. Calling for a “buyers’ cartel” against the publishing industry, more than 30 large urban school districts have …