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In the News: CTU calls for an elected school board
Speaking at a news conference around 8 p.m. at the union’s headquarters in downtown Chicago, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis called for an elected school board to replace the current one, which is made up of appointees chosen by Mayor Rahm Emanuel or his predecessor, Richard Daley, the Tribune late Wednesday evening.
The board's decision to move ahead with closings and turnarounds came despite the outcries of parents, activists and other opponents. (Catalyst Chicago)
WBEZ goes "inside" Herzl Elementary in North Lawndale to check out accusations that Chicago's school district lets some school buildings go to pot before turning them over to private management groups.
Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis told school board members Chicago is at the "epicenter of the education justice fight in America" after the board voted late Wednesday to close seven schools and completely re-staff 10 others. She said the nation is watching." The Rev. Jesse Jackson told the board, "This is Little Rock, 1957. This is apartheid." (WBEZ)
Dozens of people packed a conference room at Chicago Public Schools headquarters Wednesday and another 100 or so filled an overflow room upstairs to plead for board members to put off a vote on closing or overhauling 17 struggling schools. (Tribune)
About 33 neighborhood schools with at least 95 percent low-income students not only outscored equally poor schools cleared out of all staff and “turned around’’ by the Academy for Urban School Leadership, but even beat the city test score average, a study by Designs for Change indicated. (Sun-Times)
Joining a crowd of hundreds that packed two rooms at Board of Education headquarters, the Rev. Jesse Jackson made his first appearance ever at a school closing vote. He declared that closings disproportionately impacted African-American communities and teachers and reflected an “apartheid” Chicago educational system. (Sun-Times)
Trib Nation points out something that's become obvious of late: "the pace and emotional intensity of stories about the Chicago Public Schools has increased."
Here's how the Wall Street Journal's Stephanie Banchero summarized the Chicago School Board's actions on Wednesday: "This city's school board voted Wednesday to shake up the teaching staffs at 17 low-performing public schools, handing Mayor Rahm Emanuel a victory in his battle with the teachers union and highlighting an increasingly aggressive stance on education overhauls by a number of Democratic mayors nationwide." (*A subscription is required for full access to WSJ article.)
IN THE STATE
A public hearing Tuesday served as a litmus test on a proposal to open a charter school in Cary Elementary District 26 in the next school year. (Daily Herald)
IN THE NATION
On The New York Review of Books blog, NYR, in a post titled “No Child Left Untested,” education historian Diane Ravitch calls it “madness” to rely on a system of teacher accountability based on student test scores.
Crimes and homicides in public schools nationwide have declined, part of a downward trend seen over the past several years. Data released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Justice show declines across a number of indicators, including thefts, violent crimes, bullying and gang activity. (WBEZ)
Concerns are mounting that strict new federal rules meant to improve the quality of Head Start preschool services for poor children could drive good providers out of business, as scores of Head Start programs begin to face the specter of losing the federal funding they have received for decades. (Education Week)