Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Deneen "turnaround" is approved

Decided at today's school board meeting courtesy of the Sun-Times:
turning over the management of five schools to new leaders and teachers. So-called “turnarounds’’ were approved at Curtis Elementary, at 32 E. 115th St; Deneen Elementary, 7257 S. State; Bradwell Elementary, 7736 S. Burnham; Phillips High, at 244 E. Pershing and Marshall High, 3250 W. Adams.

Hundreds of teachers and school activists jammed Board chambers and an overflow room Wednesday to protest the proposals, which were trimmed back from an original 14 planned school shakeups.

In accepting her new post, new Board President Mary Richardson-Lowry conceded that “we need to work with the community. We need to improve our transparency and we will.’’
As you may well know, there's been a lot of commotion about the school's proposed actions regarding turnaround or closure. Here's more from WBBM-AM:
The Academy for Urban School Leadership, headed by former Chicago School Finance Authority Chairman Martin Koldyke, will oversee the turnarounds at Curtis, Deneen, Bradwell and Phillips, and intends to spend $1 million a school on the improvement effort.
We still want comments regarding the turnaround of Deneen. Do you think a new regime there will improve the school?

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