News Coverage: school board


February 24, 2012 @ 8:00 AM

Rahm Emanuel: Protests over school closings ‘noise associated with change’


Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday he’s sensitive to the “noise associated with change” caused by the decision to close or turn around 17 underperforming schools, but he said he’s more concerned about the deafening “silence of failure.” 

December 14, 2011 @ 8:00 AM

Protesters Stage Sit-In At CPS Ahead Of Meeting On School Closures

CBS Chicago/

More than 500 people jammed the sidewalk in front of the Chicago Public Schools' downtown headquarters for a 90-minute rally Tuesday night and a handful were determined to stay the night to be first in line for Wednesday's school board meeting.

January 08, 2010 @ 10:40 AM

Mayor's office still mum on Michael Scott replacement

The mayor's office still has no word on any candidates or the progress of the search to replace Michael Scott as school board president more than two months after his death.

When reached late Wednesday, Mayor Richard M. Daley's press secretary Lance Lewis had no comment on any possible candidates or the progress of the search.

But education advocates across the city are chiming in on what type of person should lead the Chicago Board of Education.

The Chicago Teachers Union already asked that an educator replace Scott, who committed suicide in early November. And other education groups are asking that not only for an education-focused board president, but a new direction for the overall board.

The groups--the Caucus of Rank and File Teachers, Black Star Project and Parents United for Responsible Education--say that the school board needs to shift its focus from business to education. They are also pushing for a board that's more independent from the mayor.

"I'd love to wipe them clean and it be an elected school board that reflects the wants of the community," says Jackson Potter, the co-chair of the Caucus of Rank and File Teachers.

In order for the new board president to be able to have a real agenda to improve education for students, he or she needs to be independent of the mayor, says Julie Woestehoff, executive director of Parents United for Responsible Education. Read more...

December 30, 2009 @ 2:00 AM

South Siders plan City Hall demonstration over school concerns

South Side community members say they will ask the mayor this morning to help them get Internet access at their flood-damaged library and to hear their concerns for a new neighborhood school.

At an 11 a.m. news conference at City Hall, the group will also ask for a meeting with the mayor to go over their proposal for a new neighborhood high school, so students don't have to attend Fenger High School, where a student was beaten to death, according to a news release. Read more...

December 16, 2009 @ 10:17 AM

Violence, academic troubles lead to angry call for new school

Dozens of angry parents and students vented their frustration this afternoon over increasingly violent schools in the Altgeld Gardens community and presented the Chicago Board of Education with plans for a new neighborhood school.

Speakers at the board's monthly meeting said their children aren't safe at some schools in the area, including Fenger High School, where a student was beaten to death in September. Read more...

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