Lots and lots about cuts, closings, and all the rest. A Tribune opinion piece calls CTU’s Karen Lewis out for the (brilliant) mismatch between her rhetoric and her actions, and John Kass attempts to coin a new word (“Lewisectomy”). Comings and goings, via Catalyst.
CLOSINGS & CUTS
Visits, pizza, ice cream to help CPS students join new schools ABC7: What happens when students from closing Chicago public schools get into class in the fall with students at their new schools?
STEM Program Touted by Rahm at Lake View HS ‘Unsustainable’ With Cuts DNAI: The principal finds the long-term prospects of the school questionable with budget cuts.
CPS parents, you have now entered the Twilight Zone Chicago Public Fools: Under the new funding method, schools are reporting budget cuts as follows:
How Did Chicago’s Public Schools Get in Such a Huge Financial Hole? ChicagoMag: A main driver of the projected billion dollar deficit is a huge spike in pension payments, a problem that’s been building for almost two decades.
Whitney Young may charge kids $500 for class Sun Times: Meanwhile at Burley Elementary, one of the city’s top-scoring neighborhood schools, parents and teachers gathered to protest elimination of all art programming and cuts to English, reading, technology and physical education programs.
Chicago Schools May Be Forced To Choose Between Toilet Paper, Teachers … Huffington Post: Protestors see the fact that some schools will be forced to reduce toilet paper supplies as representative of how detrimental the budget cuts will be.
Lewis’ hyperbole doesn’t match CTU’s record Tribune (opinion): When CTU had the most leverage — let’s say Day 4 of the teachers’ strike last fall — was Lewis negotiating those issues with CPS? Did students get more art and music? Did CTU lobby for income tax reform, closing corporate tax loopholes and against predatory lending, issues she bemoaned in her speech?
Chock your mind full of useful wisdom with a Kassopedia Chicago Tribune: Lewisectomy: A medical term involving the awkward removal of a politician’s verve and gusto through the application of brute political force and angry race-based rhetoric.b
Federal cuts hit Head Start, but city plans to make up loss Catalyst: As Head Start programs around Chicago grapple with a 5 percent loss of funding because of the federal budget cuts known as “sequestration,” the city is hoping to make up much of the $6.5 million gap—and save classroom seats for children–through cuts to city administration.
Troupis, exemplary teacher awards Catalyst: James Troupis, principal of Comer College Prep, has received a Ryan Award, which is presented annually by the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation and Accelerate Institute to recognize “superior leadership in closing the achievement gap.”