Happy Presidents Day

19 Feb

ImageI used to think that CPS did certain things just to mess with teachers.   I remember in the past, that we would have the Monday before Lincoln’s Birthday as a PD day and then be off on Lincoln’s Birthday.  My thought was that this was a CPS plan to get teachers to burn a personal day.  As I became a more experienced teacher, I dropped that opinion.  Now, however, I can’t help but wonder if CPS likes to mess with parents.  Why else would you give the students Lincoln’s Birthday off when most parents are at work and then give them hold school on Presidents Day when most parents are off.  I know–we would have had Presidents Day off if not for the strike, but even next year we have Lincoln and not Presidents Day.  

Which Comes First?  Closed Schools or Blighted Neighborhoods

“The cocktail of social and economic problems has led to a drastic real estate decline in the affected areas. The communities have higher amounts of foreclosures, decreased property values, abandoned buildings and properties the city demolished. (The city has a process to raze buildings as they become safety hazards from disrepair or magnets for crime and drug trade.)”

Vacant Schools in Philadelphia a Cautionary Tale for Chicago

““We’re looking at the burned out hulk of the DeBurgos school,”  said Alan Butkovitz, the city controller for Philadelphia. “People were scavaging for metal in there, it was a hangout for drug use, kids were seen running around on the upper floors, the school district was constantly required to come out here and board up windows.”

Corporations Advise School Closings, While Private Charters Suck Public Schools Away

“As a Pew study reports, the city consulted with “URS Corp., a California-based engineering design firm, and DeJong-Richter, an Ohio-based company that specializes in school-closing issues” to come to its final consensus. Though town hall meetings were organized between 2010 and 2012 to hear citizen concerns, the closures, relocations and reconfigurations  were ultimately decided by the consulting firms, with no serious input from locals.”

UNO Contract Comedy: One Man Out, One Man On, Leaders Baffled

“If I didn’t know better, I’d say that after the Sun-Times broke the story someone on the fifth floor of City Hall—maybe even hizzoner—called Rangel and told him to make this shit go away before he makes the mayor look even worse for pushing charters in general and UNO in particular.”

Roberto Clemente Students on Third Student Slain: “I Don’t Feel Safe”

Lynette Huffman, a senior at Clemente, said she was not close friends with Frances, but she knew her as “quiet, friendly” and “into school.”

“I don’t feel safe nowhere, not in my own home, nowhere,” Huffman said.

Despite the loss of students in the last three months, Huffman said shootings are not new to her. In 2010, another Clemente student and friend was killed, she said.

“I would like to see a lot change around here,” Huffman said.”


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