Chicago returned to the center of the national debate over the future of public education this week as the city’s school board voted to shut down 50 schools. The decision, which could be derailed by a lawsuit, would result in the biggest single round of school closings in United States history. Show More Summary
After Chicago Public Schools received millions in billionaire bucks from the likes of Betsy Devos, the Bradley Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Michael and Susan Dell foundation, they made the brave decisionShow More Summary
Chicago Public Schools says the employee has been immediately removed from his position. [ more › ]
Chicago officials are going ahead with the largest mass closing of public schools in the country’s history despite polls showing that a majority of city residents oppose it and looming questions about the rationale offered for the action. The final … Continue reading ?
The parents and community members fighting the school closings clearly are the "good guys" in this dismal scenario. But their heroic energy and indomitable courage are being expended for the sake of maintaining a status quo that is, frankly, unconscionable.
At a rally to protest Chicago’s plan to close 53 public schools, 9-year-old Asean Johnson had some words for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Transcript here. Black students make up about 40 percent of the Chicago public school population but 88 percent of the students who will be affected by the closures. Unfortunately, it looks like only five schools will be spared. [...]
Here is a video of Asean Johnson, an unfathomably eloquent 9-year-old, giving a speech in protest of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to close 53 public schools in Chicago. It begins with him climbing on top of a chair to reach the podium and ends with me covertly crying at my desk. Read more...
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Chicago School Board voted on Wednesday to close 50 schools before the next academic year begins in the largest such mass public school closing in U.S. history.
CPS closings blog: Get continual updates on today's board of education meeting as officials prepare to vote on a controversial plan to shut down dozens of local public schools.
Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett is also leaning toward delaying the closure of Miriam G. Canter Middle School until next year and will allow the staff of Clara Barton Elementary School the opportunity to improve the school. [ more › ]
Illinois and Wisconsin are currently overrun with pregnant teenage boys, thanks to the Chicago Department of Public Health. Man, that's fun to say. The CDPH's Office of Adolescent and School Health has rolled out a new teen-pregnancy...Show More Summary
This is a tale of two bills. SB1571 was introduced in the Illinois Senate on Feb. 13, intended to put a moratorium on Chicago Public Schools’ plan to close 54 schools. Then that bill was amended to remove the provision seeking to put a moratorium on school closings. Show More Summary
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Chicago Board of Education is due to vote on Wednesday on a controversial proposal to close 54 schools in the country's third-largest public school district in what would be the largest mass school closing in the nation.
Chicago Public Schools teachers, parents, students and other opponents of the school district's plan to close 54 schools and transfer the students displaced by the closures to new schools took to the streets Saturday, Sunday and Monday to protest the closures as the Chicago School Board prepares to vote on the proposal Wednesday. [ more › ]
Yesterday the Chicago Teachers Union wrapped up a three-day protest over the yet to be determined but possible closure of more than 50 public schools. One banner trotted out by the CTU supporters read: “Support Our Schools Don’t Close Them.”
Despite a warning coming on high from Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett that “the only place students should be during the school day is the classroom,” some Chicago high school students thought otherwise and walked out...Show More Summary
The Huffington Post The Chicago Teachers Union will wrap its three-day march in protests of Chicago Public School closings with a Monday afternoon rally in Daley Plaza.
Twenty-six protesters were arrested at City Hall this afternoon during a rally to protest the city's plan to close dozens of Chicago Public Schools. [ more › ]
More than 20 people protesting Chicago Public School plans to close 53 elementary schools were arrested this afternoon at City Hall, officials said.
CBS Chicago City streets could be full of protesters again on Monday, as the Chicago Teachers Union wraps up a three-day march to voice opposition to plans to close more than 50 public schools.