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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: Girl who performed at inauguration killed

A trip to a park ended in tragedy when a 15-year-old King College Prep sophomore was fatally shot in the back about a week after she performed at President Barack Obama’s inauguration with the King College Prep Band.

CHARTER CHEERLEADERS: About 1,500 school choice supporters rallied Tuesday night in Union Station's Great Hall, dancing and cheering in support of increased charter school funding and school vouchers. (Catalyst)

CHOICE AND CHARTERS: The Tribune says thousands of parents, students and teachers gathered Tuesday in Union Station's Great Hall wearing yellow scarves and T-shirts to rally for school choice and equal funding for charter schools.

ROWDY SUPPORTERS: A public hearing at Truman College Monday evening to gather input on CPS' plan to close certain schools got rowdy, according to ABC News. More than 200 people crammed into the gym at Truman chanting in support of keeping their schools open.

UNHEARD AT HEARING: Chanting "Save our schools" and "No school closings," several hundred parents, teachers and community members refused to let Chicago Public Schools officials speak during a public hearing on school closings Monday night in Uptown. (DNAInfo.com)

IN THE STATE
HONOR ROLL: The State Board of Education named 26 Northwest suburban elementary schools to the Illinois Honor Roll on Monday — half of them from one district alone. (Daily Herald)

IN THE NATION
BACK OFF: After four years in office, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan still hasn't won over local school board members. (Education Week)

GATES ON GRANTS: Pell Grants and other non-loan federal student aid should be replaced with a single federal-state matching grant, according to a report from the Committee for Economic Development. The report, commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, also proposes eliminating federal tax credits for higher education, and suggests streamlining the process of applying for student aid and repaying loans. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

4 comments

Carlos wrote 1 year 42 weeks ago

It makes no sense

My prayers go out to the family of Hadiya Pendleton, a beautiful, sweet and innocent 15-year old little girl whose life on earth was cut short senselessly. This group of exceptional students of a prestigious southside College Prep high school had just completed final exams ... no gang affiliations, no run-ins with the law ... just future stars in training!
Rest in Peace little princess.

Concerned citizen wrote 1 year 42 weeks ago

Language in your posts

I noticed in your posts today that the parents at the public hearing were called "rowdy supporters," while the parents at the choice rally were "dancing and cheering." Language usage is important in conveying messages.

northside wrote 1 year 42 weeks ago

language

Haha. You are right.....so darn biased. Just watch. Tale of two missions on youtube to see our biased mayor

Ben Jones wrote 1 year 42 weeks ago

Under Utilized

Noticing how one of the old schools in Englewood; Dewey Academy used to be a school filled from room to room. Now they are reporting there are only 272 students in that big building? Where are all the children leaving to; and why are all the children leaving the schools? What is causing schools like Dewey to be on probation for so long? Is there a lack of resources at these schools? What has all the money been spent on; and why don't the children have books? If there are no resources the children can't be high performers. There are only 3 classrooms at Dewey on the 1st floor; and one of those classrooms is a Special Ed room. A building with 6 empty rooms on 1 floor ; with books in rooms to make it look like it is utilized. Where are the students. This building alone; explains what BBB describes as to the schools being underutilized. Why keep schools open when you have 3 floors and enough children to fill only 1 floor. This is a waste of the taxpayers money. Closing and consolidation will help spread the available funds into placing students into a positive environment. If a school is empty students are aware. Students are not learning if schools are on probation for years after years. These are problems in a public school system that need fixing.

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