Athletics for disabled students. Black History lessons (or the lack thereof). Jones High School. Closings and consolidations (it never ends). That’s pretty much all the news I can find from over the weekend. Anything else going on? Let us know. Right now it seems like the closings and consolidations are all that matter (at least to parents and teachers who might be affected). I like to think that there are other things going on in and around CPS, too.
Area schools ahead of curve in opportunities for disabled athletes Chicago Sun-Times: “Given that the ruling was just issued, CPS will be reviewing it and determining how it impacts Chicago Public Schools and its students,” CPS spokesman Frank Shuftan said in a statement. Other states that already offer programs for disabled athletes …
CPS Promises to Address Lack of Black History Lessons in SchoolsDNAinfo: He said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett is interested in working with parents to ensure schools are in compliance of a state law that went into effect in 1991 mandating black history, including slavery, is taught in every public elementary and high school.
Mayor Rahm and Jones High School got a thing going on Chicago Reader (blog): In case you’re wondering, the “B” in question is Barbara Byrd-Bennett, CEO of the Chicago Public Schools. Originally, the mayor nicknamed her B-3. As you can see, he’s reduced it to “B.”
Chicago activists speak out against school closings at D.C. WBEZ: People from some of the cities, including Chicago, have filed civil rights complaints with the U.S. Department of Education, charging that closing schools disproportionately impacts minority students.
Where are all the children? Tribune: Parts of the Chicago area as different as Pilsen and Naperville have experienced significant drops in their populations of children under 10 years old in recent years, a trend that carries wide-ranging implications for school districts, city planners…
District 150 expanding International Baccalaureate program in grade schools Peoria Journal Star:It still has a reputation for being an elite, private program,” said Anna Rosefsky Saavedra, a policy researcher for the Rand Corp. who has studied the program’s impact on high school graduation rates in Chicago public schools.