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]
Obama pals Cheryl and Eric Whitaker are on the host committee for that event. along with attorney Jesse Ruiz, vice president of the Chicago Board of Education, and others.
Mayor Richard M. Daley is holding a press conference at 3 p.m. to discuss the City Council’s two vacant positions.
While it’s unclear what exactly he’ll be discussing, he has until tomorrow to name a replacement for former Alderman Manny Flores, who resigned his 1st Ward seat in January to take a position with Gov. Pat Quinn
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