Full-Day K In 1,000 Classrooms

Full-day kindergarten is taking off, according to the Tribune — is this happening within CPS, too? Sort of: “Chicago Public Schools offers full-day kindergarten in some schools. Parents are not charged extra for the full-day program. As of December, CPS had more than 1,000 full-day classrooms, according to a spokeswoman.” Plus: Closing hearings round two kicked off (tonight at Daley College).  Is CPS as broke as it says it is?


All-day kindergarten gaining traction Tribune: As more parents seek full-day kindergarten for their children, more Chicago-area school districts are offering it — but sometimes at a cost of thousands of dollars in tuition. Research overwhelmingly backs the academic benefits of a six-hour school…


Teacher test Chicago Tribune (editorial): In last year’s CPS contract, for instance, Chicago Teachers Union officials tried but, fortunately for students, failed to water down CPS’ new teacher evaluation system, which roughly follows the Gates model. For principals, teachers and parents across 


School closing panel to advise 20-schools-a-year limit, source says Sun Times: “They haven’t demonstrated to us that they can close 100 or even 50 schools. They don’t have the expertise to accomplish that in such a short time-frame. When they closed down as many as 12 schools, it was a disaster,” said a source close to the commission.

CPS School Closings Meeting Gets Heated as Protesters Shout Down Officials DNAI:  Chanting “Save our schools” and “No school closings,” several hundred parents, teachers and community members refused to let Chicago Public Schools officials speak during a public hearing on school closings Monday night in Uptown.

My Reaction To Tonight’s Forum At Truman Tim Furman: All of the CPS individuals running the event tonight are decent people and they are not themselves dishonest.  It’s just that they’re working in service of a lie. More on the lie tomorrow. But let me just make a few suggestions for the time being.  A path forward, if you will. CPS can pull this thing out of the fire by following these five steps.

CPS hearing gets heated WGN: The crowd packed the bleachers at Truman College. This was the first of several hearings to be held around the city on plans to close under-used schools. CPS CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett has until March 31st to produce a list of schools that will be shutdown.

CPS hearing about possible school closures turns rowdy CBS2: The ongoing fight over the future of Chicago Public Schools heated up Monday evening.

Chicago activists speak out against school-closings at DC hearing WBEZPeople with the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization and other activists are meeting up with people from 18 different cities to speak out against school closings.


Penny Pritzker could join Obama Cabinet as commerce secretary Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis’ charge Monday that the Chicago Public Schools used bookkeeping sleight of hand to show a $1 billion deficit for 2014 — which Lewis claims doesn’t exist — was a lot “tougher” while addressing a Sunday 

Audit shows CPS with unexpected $344 million — union calls it surplus, CPS says it’s not Sun Times: CPS said the money, already budgeted for the current school year, only shows on last year’s books thanks to a Cook County fluke that saw property tax bills sent out on time for the first time in more than 30 years.

Security Shares Spotlight at High School Game NYT: “I’m always concerned about our kids’ safety,” said the Chicago schools chief executive, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, who was also at Saturday’s game. She added: “I think they know we’ve put together a plan to keep them safe.” In Chicago, high school 

Local agency among 122 that must compete for federal early childhood funds Catalyst: In a recent review, Children’s Home and Aid Society of Illinois failed to meet new standards that took effect in 2012, officials at the U.S. Department of Human Services announced Thursday. That means its grant money could be up for grabs once its current contract with the federal government expires.



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