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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: Byrd-Bennett brings in a Marine

Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett is leaning on Tom Tyrrell, a retired Marine colonel who once quietly sorted out a prisoner exchange in the wake of war in Kosovo, to help in the transfer of students in the upcoming school closing process, the Sun-Times reports.

SCHOOL FILLED WITH SORROW: Grief counselors and extra security moved about King College Prep High School Wednesday, comforting crying students in the aftermath of a shooting in a nearby park that killed sophomore Hadiya Pendleton, 15. (WBEZ)

CPS SPENDS WAL-MART MONEY: The Walton Family Foundation (a foundation run by the founders of Wal-Mart) is providing financial backing for the current series of school closing meetings taking place around the city this month. (Catalyst)

CORE CHOOSES ITS CANDIDATES: The Caucus Of Rank and file Educators has nominated its candidates for the upcoming election in the Chicago Teachers Union. Karen Lewis, Jesse Sharkey, Kristine Mayle and Michael Bruson were nominated to run for a second term to lead the union for another three years. The election is in May. (Substance News)

RACE AND SCHOOL CLOSINGS: In a crowded room in the U.S. Department of Education building in southwest Washington, protesters from 18 cities gathered to tell department officials how school closings have affected their communities—and to call for a moratorium on school closings, action on civil rights complaints against the closings, and a new model for transforming schools that serve racial minorities.  (Education Week)

LAW SCHOOL BLUES: Law school applications are headed for a 30-year low, reflecting increased concern over soaring tuition, crushing student debt and diminishing prospects of lucrative employment upon graduation. (The New York Times)

GETTING OUT OF GOVERNMENT: The public school system in the nation’s capital may let high school students graduate without taking a high-school-level course in how their country’s government works. (The Washington Post)


George Hall wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

School Closings

It seems gruesome; but after it is done the picture for the children will look so much better. Some children are in some schools just going. Not learning anything. Where those scores are not rising; those students are not learning. they are just attending school. Then if the student is not learning; this turns them into crime; because they can not keep up with the speedy society. If the children are in school; the map of the schools on probation and low performing should be a lot more green than red. Too many red dots. A lot of teachers are also ashame; because some Principals never shared with their staff what shape their schools were in.
A lot of these Principals and teachers have been just getting a pay check. A lot of those Principals and teachers have been unsatisfactory. There should be a cleaning of the house and replaced with new staff and a change in environment helps a lot. Too many red dots. Now when all of this takes place; there will be a surge of red dots going away. And yes; some people have gotten so comfortable in their comfort zone; that they just go in and fake the day. Well BBB is here to help those children. After all; they are the ones being taught. A need to downsize. A need for better test scores. A need for more learning. Hopefully BBB will do what she has to do to right size the Cps. Mr. Huberman said it was in a big mess. Brizard tried to explain it. BBB came in and simply shared school information with the parents to let them see where their child's school stood in ALL areas; and it was a sight to see.Wrong doing Principals have been protected and not advancing these children's education. The time is here. They will get an education now. You go BBB.

Ed Dziedzic wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago


Mr. Hall, please stop drinking the Kool-aid. We can't magically change "red dots to green dots." It is a lot more complicated than that. Poverty in the "red dots" areas is the number one cause of these red dots. If you move all of the red dot students into green dot schools do you think it will be all good for those schools? I'll bet not.

The fact that BBB chose to bring in a Marine whose only qualification is Kosovo prisoner exchanges speaks volumes about what the Board thinks is going to happen. All hell is about to break loose in those schools and BBB feels she has to send in the Marines. Is that how she views our children? As prisoners and criminals?

George Hall wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

school closings

Going to schools IN poverty IS hell. This is why these children deserve the best also. Because students are in a better schools doesn't mean they are perfect children.

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