Friday, February 20, 2015

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Chicago's hard-hit suburban schools resist charter invasion

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Chicago's hard-hit suburban schools resist charter invasion:



Chicago's hard-hit suburban schools resist charter invasion



Parents, teachers, activists, and students showed up at the Chicago Heights District #170 Board meeting on Feb. 12 to oppose opening the district to the LEARN Charter School Network. LEARN was voted down by an almost unanimous vote. (John Booz, Tribune)
Chicago Heights is a south-of-the-city suburb with a high concentration of poverty and a rapidly-growing Mexican immigrant population. District #170 schools have in many ways borne the brunt of an eroding tax base, loss of manufacturing jobs and the recession of the past decade. While the schools struggle to implement the district's reform plan, including a new middle-grade STEM academy, and prepare at the same time, for the next round of PARCC tests, progress remains slow. Test scores remain the carte du jour for judging schools and teachers, leaving districts like the Heights vulnerable to interventions by the state.


Gov. Rauner now threatens even more draconian cuts to school budgets and health and social services that will negatively impact the schools and communities in Chicago's inner-ring suburbs. He's proposing that suburbs' income tax revenue be cut in half



Towns like Chicago Heights have become the new target areas for poorly-Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Chicago's hard-hit suburban schools resist charter invasion:

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