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In the News: CPS closing in on closings list
The commission handpicked to oversee Chicago Public School closings is leaning strongly toward recommending that no more than 20 schools be closed in any one year to give students, parents, teachers and bureaucrats an opportunity to adjust to the upheaval, sources said Monday, according to the Sun-Times.
AN ACCUSATION: The Chicago Teachers Union accused Chicago Public Schools on Monday of manufacturing its fiscal crises, pointing to a newly released audited budget for the last school year that seems to show an extra $344 million. But CPS said the money, already budgeted for the current school year, only shows on last year’s books thanks to a Cook County fluke that saw property tax bills sent out on time for the first time in more than 30 years. (Sun-Times)
PAYING FOR KINDERGARTEN: As more parents seek full-day kindergarten for their children, more Chicago-area school districts are offering it — but sometimes at a cost of thousands of dollars in tuition. (Tribune)
IN THE NATION
DOE INVESTIGATION: The United States Department of Education is investigating complaints that plans to close or reorganize public schools in Philadelphia, Detroit and Newark discriminate against black and Hispanic students, as well as those with disabilities, a department official confirmed on Monday. (The New York Times)
MONEY ON THE LINE: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Monday urged the State Legislature to intervene so that New York City does not lose hundreds of millions of dollars because it missed a deadline this month to finish negotiating a teacher evaluation system. (The New York Times)
NO HARM DONE: Studies find student achievement doesn't suffer even when teachers take advantage of early-retirement incentives. (Education Week)