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An overhaul of the district’s career education programs seeks to make classes more challenging and put career-track students on the path to higher ed, but many schools have lost programs, and fewer students are participating overall.

In the News: Protest, arrests over school closings

Ten people who were arrested Friday night after camping outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Fifth Floor office in City Hall, to call attention to school closings. All were released by Saturday morning, according to CBS Chicago.

Parents, students, teachers and community members filled City Hall n Friday, staging a sit-in and demanding an immediate moratorium on school closings and charter school expansion. In this video, CPS teacher Lillian Kass discusses how CPS destabilizes schools through long-term disinvestment, starving them of resources that make them vulnerable to being closed or turned around. (YouTube)

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett wants to delay providing a list of schools to close or consolidate. The list is due Dec. 1, but she plans to ask the state Legislature for an extension until March 31. Byrd-Bennett appointed a nine-member independent commission to start a five-month community engagement process to advise her on school closures or consolidations, she said Friday in a speech to the Chicago Urban League.

ALSO: CTU President Karen Lewis reiterated her stance that Byrd-Bennett put a moratorium on school closings for a year. (Catalyst)

AND: The Sun-Times, in an editorial, praised Byrd-Bennett's move as wise.

Chicago Public School officials announced last week that they do not plan to shutter schools based on student performance, as they have in the past. Newly seated schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said the district will close only schools that they consider to be underused. (WBEZ)

IN THE NATION
The effort to reopen schools shut by Hurricane Sandy presented officials with a tangled puzzle and New York City’s 1.1 million students with a drastically altered landscape. (The New York Times)

Results from new state tests in Kentucky—the first in the nation explicitly tied to the Common Core State Standards—show that the share of students scoring “proficient” or better in reading and math dropped by roughly a third or more in both elementary and middle school the first year the tests were given. (Education Week)

Academic Performance Index scores invalidated for 23 California schools due to adult "irregularities." (Pasadena Star-News)

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