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The race for City Hall

Jobs and schools promise to be top issues in next year’s city elections. The mayor’s education agenda faces its toughest test in the African-American communities that gave him strong support in 2011.

In the News: Longer day may be too much, parents say

Some parents are speaking out, forming groups, drafting petitions and setting up Facebook pages to call on CPS to rethink the 7.5 hour extended day, which they say is making their children physically and mentally exhausted, the Tribune reports.

Rod Estvan of Access Living, an advocate for students with disabilities, released a copy of a letter sent to CEO Jean-Claude Brizard earlier this month expressing opposition to the closure of Crane High, which enrolls a higher-than-average percentage of special education students. Wells, where new Crane students would be assigned, also has a poor track record with disabled students, Estvan points out. He supports the co-location of Chicago Talent Development High in the Crane building.

The Sun-Times is now reporting on charges that cash-strapped Chicago residents are being hired as “rent-a-protesters” and given pre-made signs and pre-crafted scripts to support school shakeups.

WBEZ reports, too, that busloads of protesters are being paid by pastors who support school closings to attend school closing hearings.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is replacing longtime Library Commissioner Mary Dempsey with a technology-focused administrator from the West Coast. Brian Bannon, chief information officer for San Francisco's public libraries, will take over in Chicago in March. (Tribune)

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin took a stand against school lunch fraud last week when he sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture requesting a closer look at how families apply for free or reduced meals. (The Daily Northwestern)

Two teenage girls suffered minor gunshot wounds Tuesday evening near a Bronzeville performing arts high school, Chicago police said this morning. (Tribune)

In his State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama called directly on universities to hold down costs and urged states to raise the dropout age to 18. (Education Week)

Also, in his State of the Union speech, Obama, called for community colleges and businesses to form partnerships to train students with skills employers in their area explicitly need—programs that community colleges in Chicago have in place. (Sun-Times)

American policymakers are examining how other nations invest in getting their students ready for life after high school. (Education Week)

Educators say it will take more than dollars to lure effective teachers to struggling D.C. schools.


Schools do everything wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is rolling in his grave.

"busloads of protesters-being paid by pastors who support school closings"

No Surprises Here wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

You Get Who You Voted For

With his forbidding, crabby persona, the mayor rolled right over the press questions about paid protesters. The press just sits right down when he scowls at them. If the people of Chicago keep voting for known elements, they have no justification in complaining. Who thought Emanuel was going to work with anyone?

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