There’s lots of coverage of yesterday’s Executive Committee vote for the deadline extension in today’s news, which was passed by the Committee and will get a final vote tomorrow, though I’m not sure how much we learned. Did Monday’s surprise offer of a moratorium help CPS’s case for a deadline extension, or just muddy the waters and look desperate? Can’t tell. Are CTU and its lackey organizations building a strong case against closings, or are they sounding extreme and out of touch? Can’t tell. But maybe you can. Meantime, Commission hearings got scheduled for next week and beyond.
School closing delay gets first okay in Springfield, but some lawmakers have concerns WBEZ: Some Illinois lawmakers are criticizing Chicago Public School’s timetable for closing an unknown number of schools. But despite that criticism, Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett got committee support to delay announcement of which schools the district would close this year.
Legislative panels advance CPS bid for more time on school-closing list Sun Times: Despite an outcry from community activists, a plan to give Chicago Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett four more months to draw up a school-closing list unanimously advanced in both the House and Senate Tuesday. Even with that movement, an influential Senate Democrat and six Chicago aldermen appeared ready to break ranks with Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration on the issue by …
House Committee OKs CPS Plan To Delay School Closings List CBS: An Illinois House committee has endorsed a plan to give the Chicago Public Schools four more months to decide where to make cuts in the number of schools the system operates.
On school closings, a political ploy CMW: Today CPS claims it has 100,000 “empty seats.” A year ago the figure was 80,000; a year before that, 230,000. It all depends where you set the “data point.”
Hot Time in House Exec SSNS: By the end of the opponents’ presentations – and based on the magnitude of the task and the chaos the CPS is inviting – any objective observer would be sure the Executive Committee would reject the bill and let the deadline lapse Saturday, as is the law. So much for witnesses’ testimony. The amendment was adopted on an 11-0 vote.
Lawmakers vote to give CPS more time to decide school closings Catalyst: Burke, a stickler for order and decorum, quickly threatened to “close this hearing” if the crowd did not “discontinue this behavior.” Then he asked, “Who is here to oppose this motion?” In a departure from House committee procedure – unprecedented in recent history – Burke let the Chicago citizens testify against SB 547, one after another, without having signed official witness slips. Eventually, about 15 of them were given two minutes each to have their say.
School closing bill moves to House, Senate floors Tribune: A key legislator said Tuesday that she remains undecided on whether to allow Chicago Public Schools four more months to produce a list of school closings, even as legislation on the extension moved to the House and Senate floors.
Five-year ban on school closings would still allow shakeups for academic reasons Sun Times: Rev. James Meeks, an independent state senator from the 15th District and chair of the Senate Education Committee, will kick off the hearings from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at Meeks’ Salem Baptist Church, 752 E. 114th St., according to a commission news release.
New charter turns to the law to inspire kids Tribune: Legal Prep’s founders want students to excel in hopes of diversifying law firms The boarded-up storefronts and abandoned buildings hardly seem like fertile ground to harvest a bumper crop of future lawyers, yet that is exactly what two educational visionaries are trying to accomplish in one of Chicago’s most despairing neighborhoods.