Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said Tuesday that Mayor Rahm Emanuel told her a quarter of the city’s public school students “are never going to amount to anything’’ and he won’t “throw resources at them” — comments Emanuel quickly denied through a spokeswoman.
Chicago School Board members Wednesday unanimously agreed to close or phase out seven flagging schools and to turn around a record 10 others, only to be greeted with cries of “Shame on you!” and “Rubber Stamp!’’ Although not every plan for every school was “perfect,’’ School Board Vice President Jesse Ruiz explained later, the vote marked an opportunity “to do something today for our children.”
- After sharp criticisms, CPS board OKs school closings, turnarounds [Tribune]
- Chicago School Board Approves School Closings, Turnarounds [CBS Chicago]
- Chicago Shake-Up Targets 17 Schools [Wall Street Journal]
On the eve of Wednesday's board vote on school closings and turnarounds, Chicago Public Schools has reached a deal with community leaders on the West Side to bring in a new neighborhood high school to replace Crane Tech, which is expected to begin a three-year phase-out next fall, the Tribune has learned.
- Ministers, Community Leaders Petition For School Turnaround Plan [CBS Chicago]
- Emanuel says school protest outside his house a response to change [Tribune]
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. on Monday touted the backing of more than 50 ministers, including one who said “political demonic forces” were driving the agenda of Democratic primary opponent Debbie Halvorson.
- Jackson Jr. Wins Backing Of Dozens Of Ministers In Re-Election Fight [CBS Chicago]
The Chicago Teachers Union is asking for raises amounting to 30 percent over the next two years, the opening salvo in heated contract negotiations with school officials who are implementing a longer school day.