WBEZ | schools http://www.wbez.org/tags/schools Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daley Academy students illustrate effects of gun violence http://www.wbez.org/news/daley-academy-students-illustrate-effects-gun-violence-109013 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Screen Shot 2013-10-25 at 5.29.18 PM.png" alt="" /><p><p>On September 19th, 2013, 13 people were wounded in a shooting at Cornell Square Park in Chicago&#39;s Back of the Yards neighborhood. Directly across from that park is Richard J. Daley Elementary Academy &mdash; a school that&#39;s been affected by gun violence not just in the park, but all over the neighborhood.</p><p>This week, Daley Academy hosted a special art show in partnership with the Illinois Coalition against Handgun Violence. WBEZ Reporter Lauren Chooljian visited the one-day-only exhibit, where a group of 25 seventh graders stood proudly behind their works, done in marker and ink, and all inspired by gun violence.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/lchooljian-0">Lauren Chooljian</a> is a WBEZ reporter. Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/laurenchooljian">@laurenchooljian</a>.</p></p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 17:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/daley-academy-students-illustrate-effects-gun-violence-109013 Global Activism: The gap year that turned out to be a bend in the road http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-gap-year-turned-out-be-bend-road-108895 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Kevin Oh (2).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Drew Edwards was planning on majoring in education at the University of Toledo, but decided to defer college for a year in favor of a service mission to Uganda. His experiences there inspired him to change paths, heading toward a new university and a different kind of life as a co-founder of <a href="http://www.pangeaeducation.org/">Pangea Educational Development</a> (PED). Now a graduate of DePaul, Drew is the Director of International Relations PED and splits his time between advocacy and fundraising in Chicago and building schools in Uganda. He stops by to talk with&nbsp;<em>Worldview.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F114741978&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 14:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-gap-year-turned-out-be-bend-road-108895 Illinois schools' test scores dip under new scale http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-schools-test-scores-dip-under-new-scale-108649 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/flickr_test.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>SPRINGFIELD, Ill. &mdash; Test scores for Illinois elementary students dipped significantly in 2013 in both reading and math. But the state board of education says the changes are due to tougher scoring criteria, and students are still making gains.</p><p>State education officials announced the results on Tuesday. The overall percentage of students meeting and exceeding standards in 2013 dropped to 61.9 percent in 2013, down from 82.1 percent in 2012.</p><p>The Illinois Standards Achievement Test is given to third through eighth graders in public schools. The board of education last year raised requirements for better alignment with tests given to high school students for college and career readiness.</p><p>The changes also come as Illinois and 44 states across the country prepares adopt Common Core standards in 2014, a more rigorous test for students.</p></p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 15:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-schools-test-scores-dip-under-new-scale-108649 Schools give mixed signals on cell phone use http://www.wbez.org/news/schools-give-mixed-signals-cell-phone-use-108509 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/cell phone ban.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As students around Chicago go back to school, many have to leave their mobile phones at home. That&rsquo;s because many districts are restricting the use of cell phones during school hours.</p><p>Take southwest suburban Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202. Its school board this week stuck to a policy that requires students to turn off cell phones and store them in lockers.</p><p>Some administrators and principals had lobbied this week to at least allow high school students to be able to use the phones between classes.</p><p>The school board, though, didn&rsquo;t budge.</p><p>&ldquo;The policy has been for several years that students are not allowed to have cell phones during the academic day,&rdquo; said District 202 spokesman Tom Hernandez. &ldquo;They are supposed to turn them off and put them away in their lockers.&rdquo; Hernandez said phones can become a distraction, adding that students can learn a lesson when they leave their phones off for a day.</p><p>&ldquo;What the principals suggested was this might be a way to teach kids accountability or responsibility. You don&rsquo;t need to use that phone during the classroom time. You shouldn&rsquo;t have that phone, because in two minutes you&rsquo;re going to be in the hallway,&rdquo; Hernandez said. &ldquo;You&rsquo;ll have an opportunity to send your parents a text or to let them know that you are doing this or that after school. To send those kinds of messages, you don&rsquo;t have to do that kind of stuff during the classroom.&rdquo;</p><p>Hernandez said there was also a concern about cheating with the use smart phones.</p><p>&ldquo;Security issues are a natural concern now because the phones do everything, they take the pictures and all that kind of stuff,&rdquo; Hernandez said.</p><p>District 202 board members were also unmoved by cell phones&rsquo; potential use during emergencies.</p><p>&ldquo;Obviously that is a reality and quite frankly, having kids texting and so forth during emergency situations really doesn&rsquo;t help,&rdquo; Hernandez said.</p><p>The board has backers for its policy, including from parents such as Debbie Maydak.</p><p>&ldquo;You&rsquo;re at school to learn. You&rsquo;re not there to text your friends and stuff like that,&rdquo; Maydak said. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think you should have your phone with you when you&rsquo;re at school and a lot of businesses don&rsquo;t even allow it when you&rsquo;re at work.&rdquo;</p><p>Maydak has two children in the schools; one attends an elementary school, while the other is in middle school.</p><p>She said there are opportunities for her kids or the school to call her if they need something.</p><p>&ldquo;With the district having so many ways to communicate with the parent these days, to get the word out if there is any type of incident or anything like that,&rdquo; Maydak said. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t see the need for [cell phones]. Some parents might, but I do not.&rdquo;</p><p>But parent Joann Badali wrote on the Plainfield Patch Facebook page that the district&rsquo;s cell phone policy restricts learning of new technology.</p><p>&ldquo;I&#39;m not advocating cell phone use for things like updating your Facebook status, making calls to friends, but what about using cell phones for inputting homework assignments and setting reminders for project deadlines? Do these Board members really think that our students are going out to buy planners to keep their appointments and deadlines on track after they graduate,&rdquo; Badali wrote. &ldquo;Why not truly &lsquo;prepare learners for the future&rsquo; by allowing them , or even assisting them, in learning how to use the technology available to them?&rdquo;</p><p>Bob Flores, whose daughter Rachel is a senior at Plainfield North High School, said cell phones are a distraction during school and need to be restricted, but an exception can be made.</p><p>&ldquo;It should be up to the teachers to allow cell phone use in their classrooms if it is to be used for class purposes,&rdquo; Flores said. &ldquo;There are times that tech needs to be used and the teachers will need to monitor.&rdquo;</p><p>Some Chicago-area school districts have taken a different, more lenient approach on student cell phones.</p><p>Ryan Bretag, director of Instructional Technology at Glenbrook North and South high schools, said cell phones were restricted just four years ago. But attitudes started to change in 2010.</p><p>&ldquo;We look at this as an opportunity to empower students and create a culture that&rsquo;s positive,&rdquo; Bretag said. &ldquo;We really started talking from two different angles. We really have these powerful devices in the hands of students. What was the impact on the learning environment by not having them out?&rdquo;</p><p>If you&rsquo;re a Chicago Public School student, there is no one policy you must follow. A CPS spokeswoman said each principal is responsibility for setting the cell phone use policy for their school.</p><p><em>Follow WBEZ&rsquo;s Northwest Indiana reporter Michael Puente on Twitter @<a href="http://twitter.com/MikePuenteNews" target="_blank">MikePuenteNews</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 14:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/schools-give-mixed-signals-cell-phone-use-108509 Morning Shift: Running against the odds http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-23/morning-shift-running-against-odds-108504 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Finish Line - Flickr- jayneandd.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The 31st annual Chicago Triathlon takes place this Sunday. We talk to two para-athletes who are participating in the race about what&#39;s involved in their training. And, we take the temperature on cellphone policies in suburban school districts.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-50/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-50.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-50" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Running against the odds" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 08:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-23/morning-shift-running-against-odds-108504 ‘Safe passage’ expansion comes with low pay, decentralized hiring http://www.wbez.org/news/%E2%80%98safe-passage%E2%80%99-expansion-comes-low-pay-decentralized-hiring-108459 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/icebreaker4.jpg" style="margin: 4px 0px 0px 0px; float: left; height: 242px; width: 300px;" title="Some of the program’s 600 new workers attend a training session Monday at Roberto Clemente Community Academy, a Northwest Side high school. A Chicago parents group and the district’s teachers union are raising questions about the hiring. (WBEZ/Chip Mitchell)" />Chicago Public Schools faces new questions about 600 workers it&rsquo;s training to stand guard as part of the district&rsquo;s &ldquo;safe passage&rdquo; program.</p><p>The workers, hired to watch 53 routes for elementary students whose schools were closed this summer, will earn $10 an hour for a split shift totaling about five hours a day, according to the district.</p><p>Under those terms, the program will not have many &ldquo;quality individuals who will stick with the job,&rdquo; said Dwayne Truss, assistant director of Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education, a Chicago group that advocates for parents. &ldquo;You&rsquo;re setting it up to be high-turnover.&rdquo;</p><p>Other questions surround how district officials chose 18 community groups that will employ the workers. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re not sure how they made the selections of these companies [or] how the companies selected their workers,&rdquo; said Kristine Mayle, financial secretary of the Chicago Teachers Union.</p><p>Mayle pointed to a contracting scandal last year in CPS food services and warned that the safe-passage program, budgeted for $15.7 million this school year,&nbsp;could include patronage hiring that compromises security along the routes. &ldquo;Our biggest concern is that kids are going to be hurt,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>CPS says its search for the venders was wide. &ldquo;We did an extensive request-for-proposal process, canvassing the entire city to try to attract community-based organizations,&rdquo; said Jadine Chou, the district&rsquo;s safety and security chief.</p><p>Chou says the 18 groups came from a pool of 47 applicants. &ldquo;It was a very rigorous and very solid process, filled with integrity, to make sure that we were objectively hiring the best possible people we could find,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.cps.edu/Pages/safepassage.aspx">selected groups</a> range from the Alliance for Community Peace, an organization housed in a North Side church, to the Target Area Development Corporation, which has three offices in the U.S. Midwest and three in South Africa.</p><p>Rev. Autry Phillips, Target Area&rsquo;s executive director, described his group&rsquo;s main purpose as community organizing. &ldquo;But we also build capacity within our communities,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Thankfully, with the safe-passage program, we&rsquo;re able to actually provide jobs.&rdquo;</p><p>A CPS &ldquo;fact sheet&rdquo; about the program&nbsp;says the district held a &ldquo;preliminary job fair in partnership with the vendors&rdquo; on July 1. The fact sheet&nbsp;says the venders received 2,800 employment applications.</p><p>Chou said the 600 new safe-passage hires will join 635 employed last year in the program, which has focused mainly on high schools until now. &ldquo;Everyone who signed up to be a safe-passage worker understands that this is not just a job,&rdquo; she said, pointing to Chicago&rsquo;s frigid winters and dangerous streets. &ldquo;You have to be a committed person interested in the safety of our children.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re working closely with our venders to make sure that there is a solid quality-control monitoring system&rdquo; to oversee the workers, Chou said.</p><p>While the district praised the safe-passage workers, a spokeswoman would not allow WBEZ to conduct interviews freely among roughly 250 who attended a training session Monday at Roberto Clemente Community Academy, a Northwest Side high school.</p><p>The district says training for the new safe-passage workers will wrap up Wednesday. The school year begins next Monday.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/cmitchell-0">Chip Mitchell</a> is WBEZ&rsquo;s West Side bureau reporter. Follow him on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/ChipMitchell1">@ChipMitchell1</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZoutloud">@WBEZoutloud</a>, and connect with him through <a href="https://www.facebook.com/chipmitchell1">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/ChipMitchell1">LinkedIn</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 04:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/%E2%80%98safe-passage%E2%80%99-expansion-comes-low-pay-decentralized-hiring-108459 Morning Shift: Let's get political http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-06-27/morning-shift-lets-get-political-107878 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Capitol-Flickr-Teemu008.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today we get the down-low from Illinois State Senator Bill Brady about his current campaign to be governor. He is hoping the third time will be the charm. But will it?&nbsp;</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-let-s-get-political.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-let-s-get-political" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Let's get political" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-06-27/morning-shift-lets-get-political-107878 'Zero trust' after CPS admits it overstated savings from closing schools http://www.wbez.org/news/education/zero-trust-after-cps-admits-it-overstated-savings-closing-schools-107044 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/3605 web.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>One of the reasons Chicago says it needs to close 54 schools is to save money. If the school district doesn&rsquo;t have to fix a leaky roof on one school, it can spend the savings on a library at another school. But the amount Chicago Public Schools says it&rsquo;s going to save by closing down schools is being challenged by parents, school staff and aldermen across the city. And CPS itself <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/education/cps-quietly-lowers-its-estimated-cost-savings-closing-54-schools-106964" target="_blank">recently admitted to overstating how much it would save from closing schools. </a></p><p>WBEZ&rsquo;s Linda Lutton has been looking into claims that estimated savings from closing school buildings are inflated. She brings us this story, which was reported with Sarah Karp of <em>Catalyst Chicago</em> Magazine. <a href="http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/notebook/2013/05/07/21036/record-capital-savings-from-closings-in-question" target="_blank"><em>Read the Catalyst story here.</em> </a></p><p style="text-align: center;">* * *</p><p>In late March, 14,000 kids across Chicago brought home letters saying their schools were being closed, the reasons for shutting each school spelled out&hellip;</p><p>BURKE: Stuck in the backpack. &lsquo;We&rsquo;re closing Trumbull and this is why&hellip;.&rsquo;</p><p>That&rsquo;s parent Ali Burke. She&rsquo;s standing outside four-story Trumbull Elementary in Edgewater, a 100-year-old school building that dominates the corner of Foster and Ashland. Parent James Morgan is there too.</p><p>MORGAN: So this is what was sent home: Trumbull Elementary. Why CPS recommends to close this school: Enrollment has declined by 33 percent over the last 10 years, and building requires $16.3 million to maintain and update.</p><p>LUTTON: And that&rsquo;s what you looked at and said&hellip;?</p><p>BURKE: There&rsquo;s no way. There&rsquo;s just no way. I mean, I was in shock. I mean, come on. Because $16 million&mdash;it&rsquo;s not accurate! I&rsquo;m telling you, I&rsquo;ve been in this school&mdash;every day! It doesn&rsquo;t need $16 million dollars worth of improvements.</p><p>Parents are incredulous for a reason: A 2010 assessment found Trumbull needed $4.9 million in repairs and upgrades. The assessment was itemized, three pages.&nbsp; The new $16 million figure is more than three times higher. There&#39;s no new assessment, nothing in writing.</p><p>And at many of the 54 schools slated for closure, there&rsquo;s a similar pattern. Parents, teachers, principals&mdash;even aldermen&mdash;say CPS is inflating what it would cost to repair or update their closing schools. The higher those costs, the more CPS can say it saves by shutting them down and avoiding those repairs.</p><p>RILEY: We are looking at pretty much brand new banisters that were put in last year. The roof was put in last year. Freshly painted&hellip; all this is new&hellip; you can come in my room for a second, look at the smart boards.</p><p>At Paderewski Elementary on the West Side, teacher April Riley gives me a tour of the latest building improvements. Five years ago, this school needed $3 million worth of work. The school district did some of that. In March, the school closing letter CPS sent home said nearly $7 million more was needed.<br /><br />RILEY: So how is the number twice what it was in 2008? I don&rsquo;t know where they got the number from.</p><p>WBEZ and <em>Catalyst </em>have been asking a lot of questions about just that, about why schools were being assigned such high repair costs, about how the district arrived at the $560 million total it said it would save by closing schools. Then, last week, CPS lowered that estimate. Lowered it by $122 million, about 20 percent.</p><p>School officials explained: their numbers changed because they had new building assessments, long itemized lists of needed improvements. But it turns out that just six closing schools have received the new assessments. For the rest of the closing schools, CPS rejiggered old assessments, adding in costs for inflation, construction management, and a contingency.</p><p>Board president David Vitale said he is not really bothered by shifting estimates of how much the district will save by closing schools.</p><p>VITALE: Not so much. Because you know we&rsquo;re not going to be making a decision until May (22). And I&rsquo;m sure we will ask what these numbers look like in their final form. But from my standpoint, whether it&rsquo;s $400 million or $600 million isn&rsquo;t going to be the key decision variable for whether the school needs to close.</p><p>Vitale says he&rsquo;ll be looking at each school individually. He says he&#39;ll consider potential savings from layoffs too. And he&rsquo;s keeping his eye on the big picture&mdash;the district&rsquo;s belief that consolidating schools will give kids a better education.</p><p>One top CPS official said it doesn&rsquo;t make sense to quibble over what the total cost savings might be. He said it&rsquo;s &ldquo;intuitive&rdquo; that the district will save money by closing schools.&nbsp;</p><p>Not everyone sees it that way.</p><p>LEAVY: The presumption has been, &#39;Of course we&rsquo;ll save money!&#39; They already have a couple dozen buildings that are vacant that they haven&rsquo;t been able to sell.</p><p>Jackie Leavy works with a General Assembly task force that reviews CPS facility decisions. She thinks it&rsquo;s possible not a penny could be saved from some school closures. There&rsquo;s still a cost to owning a closed school, Leavy says. There&rsquo;s a cost to mothball it, to put it on the market, keep it heated and graffiti-free. And if that neighborhood needs another school in the futre?</p><p>LEAVY: I mean, keep in mind to build a new elementary school today costs anywhere from $60 to $75 million.</p><p>There&rsquo;s a more fundamental question about cost savings from closing schools. Namely: would CPS ever make all the repairs schools need anyway? And is it fair to say the public &ldquo;saved&rdquo; money on improvements the district was never going to get around to? Here&rsquo;s an example: at one point CPS budgeted in the cost of central air conditioning for all the closing schools. No one thinks that improvement was ever going to happen. Still, it was counted in the savings we&rsquo;d get from closing schools.</p><p>Alderman Ricardo Muñoz says the whole thing reminds him of his college statistics class.</p><p>MUNOZ: It&rsquo;s obvious that the Board of Education here is playing with the numbers to their advantage, saying that they&rsquo;ll be saving millions and millions and millions of dollars. There&rsquo;s no real rhyme or reason as to how they&rsquo;re gonna be saving this much money.</p><p>Back at Trumbull, the $16 million that CPS originally told parents it would cost to fix up their school got revised&mdash;down to $11 million. That&rsquo;s according to an internal document CPS provided WBEZ and <em>Catalys</em>t last week. But parents at Trumbull still haven&rsquo;t been told anything is different.</p><p>Ali Burke, the parent there,&nbsp; says she can&rsquo;t believe CPS put out a school closing list and didn&rsquo;t double check its numbers. She says Trumbull parents have been asking from the beginning for anything in writing that substantiates what CPS would save by closing their school.</p><p>BURKE: For us, it&rsquo;s just incredibly frustrating. We should see the quote. We&rsquo;re not talking about redecorating a bathroom, we&rsquo;re talking about a school. They&rsquo;re citing a quote, a bid that&rsquo;s part of the reason they want to close our school&mdash;displace 406 students. We should know why we&rsquo;re being closed.</p><p>Burke says she&rsquo;s sure of one number at this point: her trust in the school district is at zero.</p><p><em>Linda Lutton reports on education for WBEZ. Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZeducation" target="_blank">@WBEZeducation</a></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>District estimates of capital need at schools (or of potential capital savings if the school is closed) have shifted. Parents, teachers, principals and elected officials have complained that CPS is inflating repair costs in an effort to enlarge the apparent savings the district would achieve by closing schools. </em></p> <style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: <?php echo $tableFont ?>; font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; }</style> <table class="tableizer-table"><tbody><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Closed school</th><th>Year last assessed</th><th>Capital needs from last assessment</th><th>Updated capital needs (based on CPS estimates) Provided to parents at many closing schools on March 21</th><th>New capital &quot;cost avoidance&quot; (savings) estimates, May 2</th></tr><tr><td>Armstrong</td><td>2008</td><td>$1,754,000</td><td>$6,003,000</td><td>$4,265,963</td></tr><tr><td>Attucks</td><td>2008</td><td>$7,621,000</td><td>$20,995,000</td><td>$17,373,599</td></tr><tr><td>Bethune</td><td>2006</td><td>$3,044,000</td><td>$10,526,000</td><td>$6,943,674</td></tr><tr><td>Bontemps</td><td>2012/2013</td><td>$3,898,651</td><td>$6,639,000</td><td>$6,093,701</td></tr><tr><td>Buckingham</td><td>2008</td><td>$1,087,000</td><td>$4,308,000</td><td>$2,807,745</td></tr><tr><td>Burnham</td><td>2010</td><td>$2,705,000</td><td>$8,634,000</td><td>$5,626,138</td></tr><tr><td>Calhoun</td><td>2012/2013</td><td>$8,113,601</td><td>$13,438,000</td><td>$10,308,651</td></tr><tr><td>Canter</td><td>2010</td><td>$3,081,000</td><td>$10,812,000</td><td>$7,731,838</td></tr><tr><td>Courtenay</td><td>2008</td><td>$1,028,000</td><td>$6,380,000</td><td>$4,328,883</td></tr><tr><td>Dett</td><td>2010</td><td>$3,305,000</td><td>$9,869,000</td><td>$8,134,383</td></tr><tr><td>Dodge</td><td>2009</td><td>$931,000</td><td>$2,846,000</td><td>-$643,069</td></tr><tr><td>Drake</td><td>2010</td><td>$7,960,000</td><td>$21,015,000</td><td>$16,499,767</td></tr><tr><td>Earle</td><td>2009</td><td>$4,944,000</td><td>$16,318,000</td><td>$11,524,026</td></tr><tr><td>Emmet</td><td>2010</td><td>$3,977,000</td><td>$11,452,000</td><td>$7,336,482</td></tr><tr><td>Ericson</td><td>2009</td><td>$1,873,000</td><td>$9,579,000</td><td>$5,744,363</td></tr><tr><td>Fiske</td><td>2008</td><td>$4,271,000</td><td>$11,749,000</td><td>$8,227,960</td></tr><tr><td>Garvey</td><td>2012/2013</td><td>$3,327,796</td><td>$6,288,000</td><td>$3,718,877</td></tr><tr><td>Goldblatt</td><td>2008</td><td>$4,644,000</td><td>$15,536,000</td><td>$12,308,197</td></tr><tr><td>Henson</td><td>2012/2013</td><td>$4,475,496</td><td>$9,279,000</td><td>$6,670,546</td></tr><tr><td>Jackson, M.</td><td>2010</td><td>$2,655,000</td><td>$8,456,000</td><td>$5,319,582</td></tr><tr><td>Key</td><td>2010</td><td>$3,824,000</td><td>$13,593,000</td><td>$9,067,065</td></tr><tr><td>King</td><td>2010</td><td>$3,128,000</td><td>$11,231,000</td><td>$7,816,301</td></tr><tr><td>Kohn</td><td>2010</td><td>$8,053,000</td><td>$22,722,000</td><td>$16,666,895</td></tr><tr><td>Lafayette</td><td>2010</td><td>$7,713,000</td><td>$22,076,000</td><td>$14,075,796</td></tr><tr><td>Leland</td><td>2007</td><td>$1,494,000</td><td>$4,799,000</td><td>$3,016,785</td></tr><tr><td>Mannierre</td><td>2008</td><td>$3,936,000</td><td>$13,105,000</td><td>$10,038,918</td></tr><tr><td>Marconi</td><td>2010</td><td>$1,610,000</td><td>$4,143,000</td><td>$1,208,841</td></tr><tr><td>Mays</td><td>2008</td><td>$2,916,000</td><td>$11,097,000</td><td>$8,327,097</td></tr><tr><td>Melody</td><td>2007</td><td>$3,607,000</td><td>$10,580,000</td><td>$8,892,749</td></tr><tr><td>Morgan</td><td>2010</td><td>$4,711,000</td><td>$12,404,000</td><td>$10,547,756</td></tr><tr><td>Near North</td><td>2010</td><td>$3,038,000</td><td>$12,267,000</td><td>$8,154,564</td></tr><tr><td>Overton</td><td>2009</td><td>$5,846,000</td><td>$17,396,000</td><td>$13,656,255</td></tr><tr><td>Owens</td><td>2008</td><td>$2,814,000</td><td>$8,830,000</td><td>$7,829,797</td></tr><tr><td>Paderewski</td><td>2008</td><td>$3,078,000</td><td>$6,862,000</td><td>$3,855,599</td></tr><tr><td>Parkman</td><td>2008</td><td>$4,653,000</td><td>$14,686,000</td><td>$10,721,712</td></tr><tr><td>Peabody</td><td>2010</td><td>$3,319,000</td><td>$11,512,000</td><td>$8,159,542</td></tr><tr><td>Pershing East</td><td>2010</td><td>$1,382,000</td><td>$12,819,000</td><td>$2,549,545</td></tr><tr><td>Pope</td><td>2012/2013</td><td>$3,660,445</td><td>$9,220,000</td><td>$5,855,495</td></tr><tr><td>Ross</td><td>2008</td><td>$5,588,000</td><td>$17,156,000</td><td>$13,323,873</td></tr><tr><td>Songhai</td><td>2008</td><td>$5,512,000</td><td>$18,041,000</td><td>$13,125,745</td></tr><tr><td>Stewart</td><td>2010</td><td>$5,046,000</td><td>$16,425,000</td><td>$11,263,090</td></tr><tr><td>Trumbull</td><td>2010</td><td>$4,893,000</td><td>$16,258,000</td><td>$10,988,138</td></tr><tr><td>Ward, L.</td><td>2008</td><td>$3,318,000</td><td>$9,801,000</td><td>$8,800,621</td></tr><tr><td>Wentworth</td><td>2010</td><td>$5,053,000</td><td>$17,583,000</td><td>$11,275,670</td></tr><tr><td>West Pullman</td><td>2012/2013</td><td>$8,816,347</td><td>$14,919,000</td><td>$11,011,397</td></tr><tr><td>Woods</td><td>2010</td><td>$3,894,000</td><td>$13,234,000</td><td>$9,192,860</td></tr><tr><td>Yale</td><td>2008</td><td>$3,471,000</td><td>$8,943,000</td><td>$5,847,222</td></tr><tr><td>Von Humboldt</td><td>2010</td><td>$10,748,000</td><td>$24,687,000</td><td>$18,320,455</td></tr></tbody></table><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 06 May 2013 21:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/education/zero-trust-after-cps-admits-it-overstated-savings-closing-schools-107044 Illinois House approves bill on comprehensive sex education http://www.wbez.org/blogs/nico-lang/2013-04/illinois-house-approves-bill-comprehensive-sex-education-106716 <p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/62307h6.jpg" style="width: 510px; height: 290px;" title="(Courtesy of ILHouse.com)" /></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">Illinois students: Get ready for more banana condom demonstrations.</p><p dir="ltr">On Wednesday, the Illinois House passed legislation on comprehensive sexual education, a bill supported by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Illinois Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.</p><p dir="ltr">Sponsored by Rep. Camille Lilly, the bill seeks to reform the state of public education in Illinois, where 2008 statistics show that less than two-thirds of students receive comprehensive sex ed&nbsp;instruction. For advocates, &ldquo;comprehensive&rdquo; education covers four base topics: abstinence education, contraception, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections.</p><p dir="ltr">However, only 42 percent of schools provided instruction on how to obtain and use contraceptives, and less than a third of faculty members have received any kind of formal training on the subject. This leads to a culture where we not only don&rsquo;t talk about sex; we don&rsquo;t even know how to talk about it.</p><p dir="ltr">The proposed legislation, HB 2675, tackles this issue by creating curriculum standards for middle and high school students, providing them with information and resources to prevent STIs and unintended pregancies. The bill&rsquo;s language allows local districts to choose the sexual education curricula that&rsquo;s right for their schools and community and gives parents the option to unenroll their child from any courses they deem objectionable.</p><p dir="ltr">With this legislation, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago hopes to improve our state of sexual education. In a press release Wednesday, government relations director Ramon Gardenhire said, &ldquo;The General Assembly moved closer to providing students in Illinois access to information to make responsible decisions about their sexual health.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">The vote passed in the General Assembly of the Illinois House with 66 votes.</p><p dir="ltr">Carole Brite of Planned Parenthood believes this broad support is a great sign of the bill&rsquo;s health. Brite stated,</p><blockquote><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Today we are pleased that...the Illinois House voted to ensure that teens in Illinois have access to medically accurate, age appropriate, comprehensive sex education. This bill is a huge step forward in advancing the health and safety of young people in Illinois&mdash;while they are teenagers and throughout their adult lives&mdash;and we look forward to thoughtful consideration by the Illinois Senate.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p dir="ltr">In her statement, Brite noted the importance of educating young students on sexual health, rather than providing abstinence-only education, arguing that sexual health leads to healthy choices. Brite said, &ldquo;Studies show that sex education that covers contraception and disease prevention results in teens who are more likely to delay sexual activity and use protection when sexual activity does occur.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Studies from the American Pediatric Association support Brite&rsquo;s claim. The APA has historically <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/id/8470845/ns/health-childrens_health/t/doctors-denounce-abstinence-only-education/#.UXAX71G7HD0">slammed</a> abstinence-only education, alleging that it leads to a higher risk of teen pregnancy and contraction of STIs. This is especially important at a time when the Center for Disease Control <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6102a1.htm?s_cid=mm6102a1_e">estimates</a> that 50% of American teenagers are sexually active. According to CDC, the United States accounts for the highest teen pregnancy rate among developed nations, leading to lower academic and economic achievement. Teen mothers are more likely to drop out of school and to have children who become teen mothers themselves.</p><p dir="ltr">According to Rep. Lilly, Illinois needs to take action to break these patterns, and the bill&rsquo;s passage is a great step forward for Illinois&rsquo; schools. Rep. Lilly said, &ldquo;As the discussion on the House floor made clear, it was time for us to modernize the basic curricula in Illinois for teaching sexual health education. If this measure becomes law, public school curricula will provide young people with tools and information necessary to grow and mature in a safe and healthy fashion.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Now that the bill has passed the House, comprehensive sexual education heads to the Illinois Senate, where Sen. Heather Steans plans to back it. The Senate passed a similar measure in 2011 that was never voted on by the House, and advocates are hopeful the measure will be ratified.</p><p dir="ltr">Khadine Bennett, the legislative council for the Illinois ACLU, believes the time is now for sexual education reform. Bennett said, &ldquo;We urge the Senate to act as soon as possible to move this important measure forward.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Nico Lang writes about LGBTQ issues in Chicago. You can follow Nico on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/nicorlang">Facebook</a>, <a href="http://www.twitter.com/nico_lang">Twitter</a> or <a href="http://achatwithnicolang.tumblr.com">Tumblr</a>.</p></p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/nico-lang/2013-04/illinois-house-approves-bill-comprehensive-sex-education-106716 Hey, Toronto – take this http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/hey-toronto-%E2%80%93-take-105947 <p><p><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55289779@N00/8462456352/" target="_blank"><img alt="Downtown Toronto skyline, 2013" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/toronto%20flickr.jpg" style="float: right; height: 400px; width: 300px;" title="Downtown Toronto skyline, 2013" /></a><b>&#39;I&rsquo;D RATHER BE THE 500TH MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN CHICAGO THAN THE KING OF CANADA.&#39; </b><a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/steinberg/18676069-452/congratulations-toronto.html" target="_blank">Neil Steinberg reacts</a>&nbsp;in the <i>Sun-Times</i> to news&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thestar.com/news/city_hall/2013/03/05/torontos_population_overtakes_chicago.html" target="_blank">the population of <strong>Toronto</strong> is now larger than Chicago&#39;s</a>.<br />* Also in Chicago&#39;s favor:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking/chi-blackhawks-avalanche-20130306,0,4519812.story" target="_blank">We have the Blackhawks</a>.<br />* And <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-bike-swap-20130307,0,2863966.story" target="_blank">a citywide bike swap</a>.<br />* And&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/where-was-peter-sagal-25-105923" target="_blank">Peter Sagal</a>&nbsp;of&nbsp;&quot;<a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/wait-wait-dont-tell-me/" target="_blank">Wait Wait...Don&#39;t Tell Me!</a>&quot; (but not <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/year25" target="_blank">when he was 25 years old</a>).<br />* And&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130304/near-west-side/photos-of-dead-bodies-be-posted-on-medical-examiners-site" target="_blank">dead body photos</a>.<br />* <i>The Onion: </i>&quot;Bostonians buzz about their daily routines in a delightful hubbub of excitement <a href="http://www.theonion.com/articles/pretty-cute-watching-boston-residents-play-daily-g,31554/" target="_blank">as if they lived in a major American metropolis</a>.&quot;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>&#39;A LAWSUIT WAITING TO HAPPEN.&#39; </b>That&#39;s one community activist&#39;s response to a <em>Sun-Times</em> analysis that concludes <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18626817-761/black-students-far-more-likely-to-see-their-cps-school-closed-than-others-sun-times-analysis.html" target="_blank">9 in 10 of the Chicago Public School students potentially affected by school closings this year are black</a>.<br />* Commission report:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/notebook/2013/03/06/20866/school-utilization-commission-says-cps-can-handle-closing-80-schools" target="_blank">Chicago can sustain closure of 80 schools</a> &ndash; more than seven times the maximum yearly total so far.<br />* <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130306/uptown/residents-rally-outside-capplemans-office-protest-war-on-poor" target="_blank">Protesters gather outside Uptown alderman&#39;s office</a> to oppose &quot;War on the Poor.&quot;</span></p><hr /><div style="text-align: center;"><em><em><span style="color: #990000; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: large;"><span style="color: #990000; font-size: medium;">Fresh news quiz tomorrow. Missed last week&#39;s?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/news-quiz" target="_blank">Here you go</a></span>.</span></em></em><br /><hr style="text-align: start;" /><div style="text-align: start;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: start;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>THE FILIBUSTER THAT ATE WASHINGTON.&nbsp;The Atlantic&nbsp;</b>boils down almost 13 hours of Sen. Rand Paul&#39;s anti-drone monologue into&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/03/cliffs-notes-for-the-filibuster-rand-paul-in-his-own-words/273787/" target="_blank">a few key highlights</a>.</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">* Filibuster fueled in part by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mediaite.com/tv/rand-paul-filibuster-devolves-in-7th-hour-as-ted-cruz-starts-reading-directly-from-twitter/" target="_blank">tweets from fans</a>.</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">* Obama&#39;s food-based political strategy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.politico.com/politico44/2013/03/obama-invites-paul-ryan-to-lunch-158708.html" target="_blank">bringing Paul Ryan to lunch</a>.</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="text-align: center;">* Fact-checkers&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.politico.com/politico44/2013/03/obama-administration-sequester-claims-shot-down-by-158626.html" style="text-align: center;" target="_blank">singe presidential pants</a><span style="text-align: center;">.</span></span></div></div><div style="text-align: start;"><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div></div><div style="text-align: start;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>&#39;CHÁVEZ&nbsp;WAS TRYING TO EMBARRASS PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH. ... 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