The Week in Ed 12.7.17: CPS IG says fire Claypool; BOE Meeting Recap

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IG urges CPS to fire Claypool over ethics flap

The CPS Inspector General (IG) says Claypool lied during an ethics investigation and, on Wednesday, he urged the unelected CPS Board of Education to fire Claypool. Read more here:

Sun-TimesFire Claypool, CPS inspector urges; Rahm cites ‘lapse’ but defends CEO

WBEZ: IG Recommends Firing Embattled CPS CEO Forrest Claypool


Earlier today the IG report was actually made public. Here’s some coverage:

Sun-TimesCPS’s Claypool ‘repeatedly lied’ to cover up ethics breach, report says


You can sign our petition to fire Claypool over his mishandling of special ed here.

***UPDATE: On Friday, December 8, 2017, Claypool resigned.

BOE Recap

It was a heated day at the CPS board meeting with the meeting lasting almost 5 hours. Many students and parents from Harper HS came out to protest the closing of their school and all the neighborhood HSs in Englewood. The students were not allowed in the Board overflow room as CPS set up their Board meetings to only accommodate 100 people to observe the meetings. Harper HS students sat in the lobby waiting to get in. On Twitter, you can check out the hashtag #cpsboard to see many live tweets from the meeting. You can also see video of the Harper students protesting in CPS’ lobby here and a great Twitter moment (a collection of tweets telling a story) captured here.


RYH interviewed a member of the Harper LSC recently who said that no one from the LSC was invited to be on the steering committee around the closings:
AlternetRahm Emanuel, Chicago Officials Shuffling Students Around “Like Cars”


During public comment at the BOE meeting, RYH parents spoke out against Art In Motion (AIM), the church-affiliated charter school backed by Common (which CPS approved at the BOE meeting), special ed injustices and the closing of all the neighborhood HSs in Englewood. You can read those statements here and watch video of the RYH statement against approval of AIM here.

RYH did some research on the AIM charter school and submitted it yesterday to the BOE. You can read our concerns here.


Other press coverage from the BOE meeting:

WTTW: Claypool Blasted by Rapper’s Dad Over Plan to Close Englewood Schools

CBS: Protesters: Emanuel ‘Back At It Again’ With Plans To Close 4 Englewood Schools

CPS Special Education Letter to ISBE Update

Last week, it was reported that CPS sent a letter to ISBE in response to the request by numerous organizations including RYH for ISBE to investigate CPS for their practices around special education. CPS denied a lot of the claims in the joint letter, and the groups sent a follow-up letter to ISBE today. You can read it here.


In other news

Great article by Chicago MagazineWhat Teachers Know

Chicago NowChicago Public Schools Leaders Continue to Ignore Unsafe Conditions in Southwest Side School

Sun-TimesChicago Public Schools plans to open 2 new ‘classical model’ schools, add 3 new magnets

Chicago TribuneHirsch High students attempt walkout to protest plan for charter school in building

ABC: CPS plan to shutter 4 Englewood schools sparks student protest

LA TimesColumn: SAT, ACT test firms are selling out high school students to marketers

Associated PressUS charter schools put growing numbers in racial isolation




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Upcoming Events

⟹ The Future of Education in Bronzeville

Hosted by The Mid-South Education Association

Sat, Dec 16, 10:00am

Kennicott Park, 4434 S. Lake Park Avenue, Room 212

Guest Speaker: Jitu Brown, Executive Director, Journey for Justice Alliance

Breakfast will be provided.

What Makes A School Great? Public Forum

Hosted by Raise Your Hand, Fair Test, CTU, CUE, Generation All

Tues, Jan 30, 7:00pm

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⟹ CPS Community Meetings & Public Hearings on CPS Proposed School Actions

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January 2018

Various locations


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Meeting Wed Jan 24, 10:30am

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