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In the News: School consolidation hearings continue; new schools gear up

The public hearing concerning the consolidation of Bowen High School from four small school into one comprehensive campus was held Wednesday night. A teacher from Global Visions Academy spoke out, saying, "test scores alone don't measure the success of a school or of the students because we do so much more." 

The public hearing concerning the consolidation of Bowen High School from four small school into one comprehensive campus was held Wednesday night. A teacher from Global Visions Academy spoke out, saying, "test scores alone don't measure the success of a school or of the students because we do so much more." (ABC News)  CEO Terry Mazany said he was proposing the consolidation of Bowen because small schools within high schools have not produced the type of results hoped when they were configured a decade ago.
Thursday evening the district will hold hearings on changing the attendance boundaries for Tilton Elementary School in order to begin the phase-out of Marconi and to dissolve Andersen Community Academy so its building can be handed over to Lasalle II Language Academy, which is a magnet school. The hearing for Andersen will start at 5:30 p.m. and the one for Tilton will be at 8:30 p.m. Both will be held at district headquarters, 125 S. Clark Street. 
It doesn't look like John White, a deputy chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, will be coming to Chicago to head CPS. White, seen as a contender for the CEO of CPS, will resign from his post in New York to take over Louisana's state-run Recovery School District. He replaces Paul Vallas, former CPS CEO, who will be continuing his work with the Inter-American Development Bank to improve school systems in Chile and in other countries. (New York Times) 
UNO announced Wednesday that it will begin taking applications for its soccer-themed charter school in Gage Park. 
Former Jackson Language Academy Principal Mary Zeltmann is helping start up the new magnet school, STEM, also located in the West Loop. Applications for STEM are due on April 15. (Gazette) 
In the state
Three referendums in south suburban school districts were defeated Tuesday. The referendums would have allowed a new high school to be built in Homer Glen, the school district in Lemont-Bromberek to relieve overcrowding and Mokena's school district to continue after school activities, as well as hire back teachers. (Chicago Tribune)
Students at a middle school in Wheaton Warrenville District 200 enjoy a new salad bar at lunch. The salad bar was made possible through a grant from the Great American Salad Project. (Chicago Tribune)
In the nation
Bloggers are calling out the Department of Education's mandates around standardized testing, saying that President Barack Obama's statements at a March 28 conference seemed opposed to his government's policy. Obama criticized "high-stakes" testing and said it shouldn't be used to punish children. Since then, the Department of Education fired back saying that adding more standardized tests, as they propose to measure growth, will actually relieve pressure on teachers. (New York Times) 
Charter school management companies run a third of charter schools and have worse academic results than charters without management firms. They also often clash with school boards about how they use public money, according to the first story in a ProPublica series. 
President Barack Obama called education equality the "civil rights issue of our time" in a speech in front of Rev. Al Sharpton's Harlem-based National Action Network. (New York Times) 

6 comments

Obama v Duncan wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

In the News: School consolidation hearings continue; new schools

so they are saying opposite things? Not good. Arne has guts or is stupid.

Grandma wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

In the News: School consolidation hearings continue; new schools

How can test scores be used to measure the success of a school in situations where certain high schools like Dunbar are recruiting students citywide that operate at the sixth grade level academically. Shouldn't a student going to high school actually score on a level coming out of eighth grade that is conducive to high school success?? If a student is not ready for high school, then why are they being admitted?? Dunbar has been failing for the past 20 years and guess what, it's not a Charter School. Young Womens Leadership that is also in my community is also a failing citywide school that will remain open, leaving no high quality options for the community.

The Retired Principal (RP) wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago
Bates wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

In the News: School consolidation hearings continue; new schools

bootlicker and destroyer of families and children

CPS pay them so they always wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

In the News: School consolidation hearings continue; new schools

deliver-impartiality does not exist--CPS also assures a latino hearing officer for majority latino schools and same for African American--when they always find for the CPS way, how is this justice?
You would think these hearing officer's professional organization would cite them for this.

UNO tries out their students wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

In the News: School consolidation hearings continue; new schools

asks for tests scores before they enroll students. FACT. And removes student who do not 'fit.'
And yes, in any other community, a soccer HS this would be racist, but it is UNO and Solis is still Alderman. Thanks to Agent Rahm.
Let's all play soccer as Rangel makes his $250K and sits on the Park Distict Board.

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