As CPS prepares to close a record number of schools, the fate of students and communities is in question.
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I'm not asserting that all children would benefit from this type of schooling. However, nationally all high growth open enrollment schools serving...
I disagree about UP working longer hours. I worked in a CPS school that co-shared a building with UP. Our start and end times were staggered, but we worked virtually the same number of hours....
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In the News: TFA pushes into political arena
Teach for America — the program that recruits recent college grads to work in underperforming schools — is making a push into the political arena. Former TFA grads, as they're known, have won seats in state houses and on local school boards. (Marketplace.org)
The Chicago school board has nixed voting Wednesday on its 2012-13 budget because of uncertainty over a teachers contract that is stoking fears among charter school leaders that their funding could be cut.
Officials from the city’s most prominent charter schools, including United Neighborhood Organization (UNO), Noble, Chicago International Charter and others are asking the school board to make good on the proposed $76 million allocated to the charter community in this year’s budget. (Tribune)
Ald. Joe Moore, of the Far North Side 49th Ward, announced he would not allow debate or a vote to put a symbolic referendum questions on the fall ballot asking voters whether the city's school board should be elected instead of appointed by the mayor. (Tribune)
Citing a series of technical violations, Moore ruled that aldermen representing 10 wards — the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 15th, 22nd, 32nd, 36th, 38th and 45th — could not place advisory referenda on the Nov. 6 ballot asking their voters whether they want to make the switch to an elected board. The other 40 aldermen did not try to put the referendum on the ballots in their wards. (Sun-Times)
In Chicago Public Schools labor talks, Brizard is 2 for 3, writes David Ormsby on the Huffington Post.
IN THE NATION
Enrollment in nearly half of the nation’s largest school districts has dropped steadily over the last five years, triggering school closings that have destabilized neighborhoods, caused layoffs of essential staff and concerns in many cities that the students who remain are some of the neediest and most difficult to educate. (The New York Times)