WBEZ | Chicago school board http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-school-board Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Cheat Sheet: Paid protesters, longer day and secret documents http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-26/cheat-sheet-paid-protesters-longer-day-and-secret-documents-95846 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-26/_DSC1422.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Two things seem to be on the minds of most parents whose kids attend <a href="http://www.cps.edu/Pages/home.aspx" target="_blank">Chicago Public Schools</a>: A longer school day and school closings; both of which came up at Wednesday's school board meeting. The meeting was much more subdued than last month's, which was <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/protesters-disrupt-chicago-board-education-meeting-94896" target="_blank">taken over by Occupy protestors</a>. WBEZ education reporter Linda Lutton was there and joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to give listeners the low down on what went on. She starts out by talking about the CPS Inspector General's investigation into<a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/paid-protesters-new-force-school-closings-debate-95792" target="_blank"> protesters being paid by pastors who support school closings</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Click on EXTRAS below for unfiltered audio of Wednesday's Board of Education meeting. You can listen to past coverage of school board meetings <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/cheatsheet" target="_blank">here</a>.</p></p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 15:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-26/cheat-sheet-paid-protesters-longer-day-and-secret-documents-95846 CPS introduces new student code of conduct http://www.wbez.org/story/cps-introduces-new-student-code-conduct-89740 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-28/CPS teacher_WBEZ_Linda Lutton.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Public School students will have a new set of disciplinary rules to follow when they start school this year. The Chicago Board of Education voted Wednesday to pass a substantial amount of changes, additions and deletions to the student code of conduct. Community activists are already speaking out over one new rule that advises schools to only use out-of-school suspensions as a "last resort."</p><p>Joel Rodriguez, organizer for Voices for Youth in Chicago Education, or VOYCE, said the new changes aren't enough.</p><p>"What we're seeing today is not really nothing new, restorative policy was already encouraged in the Chicago Public schools but the problem is there was no transition into that system, so I'd like to see how are we gonna transition into using less punitive measures and really using restorative justice," Rodriguez said.</p><p>VOYCE members rallied at CPS headquarters earlier this month, demanding changes to the code. The protest came at the heels of a study by VOYCE and The Advancement Project that links suspensions and other harsh punishments to an increase in dropouts. Rodriguez said the new code is a step in the right direction, but he is worried it won't be enforced properly.</p><p>The code of conduct is reviewed annually by CPS, but changes are only made as the board sees fit. Other new changes include adding "sexting" to the list of items under "inappropriate sexual conduct," and adding gang activity or "overt displays of gang affiliation" under inappropriate behavior.</p><p>The new rules will take effect September 15th.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 10:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/cps-introduces-new-student-code-conduct-89740 New details raise more questions in the mysterious death of Michael Scott http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-13/new-details-raise-more-questions-mysterious-death-michael-scott-89078 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-13/Michael Scott.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>When Michael Scott was<a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/news/education/chicagoans-react-michael-scotts-death-0" target="_blank"> found dead</a> in the Chicago River back in 2009, the news came as a shock to many. Scott spent much of his life in different capacities for the city--at the time of his death he was president of Chicago’s school board.&nbsp; He was close to then-Mayor Daley and a respected member of his community.</p><p>Many people were surprised to learn that Scott may have taken his own life but his death was ruled a suicide by the Cook County medical examiner and then the Chicago Police Department. To this day members of Scott’s community and family resist that conclusion and have questions about the investigation of his death. Now writer David Bernstein has revisited the case of Michael Scott. His report "Shadows of Doubt" will be in Thursday's <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/" target="_blank"><em>Chicago</em> magazine</a> and contains new details that raise troubling questions about the case.&nbsp; Bernstein joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>to discuss the lingering questions surrounding Michael's Scott's death.</p><p><em>Music Button: Do Make Say Think, "Bruce E. Kinesis" from the release Goodbye Enemy Airship the Landlord Is Dead (Constellation)</em></p></p> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 14:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-13/new-details-raise-more-questions-mysterious-death-michael-scott-89078