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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-04-10 12:13 PM
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Day 16 of sit-in for school library. School official says 160 Chicago schools have no library.
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I was really surprised to read that an official of the public school system in Chicago would actually use that as an excuse for not giving in to the parents at Whittier. They should be ashamed to say that 160 schools don't have libraries...not use it as a reason to deny parents the library.

Sit-in parents at Whittier set for long winter

Surrounded by pots of food and refrigerators filled with milk and pop, Pilsen parents vowed Friday to remain entrenched through the winter in a field house that officials want demolished but parents want converted to a library-parent center.

"We're here, and we're going to stay here until we get the library the way we want it,'' Pilsen resident Evelin Santos said of the Whittier School field house that officials call a safety hazard.

..."The battle entered its 16th day Friday, as dozens of parents and residents refused to vacate the building at 1900 W. 23rd St., known as "La Casita'' -- frustrating a Chicago Public Schools plan to raze it and put down artificial turf. Chicago Teachers Union officials on Friday dropped off more than 500 books to the makeshift library, decorated with handmade curtains and donated bookshelves, that parents opened in La Casita this week.

This was a strange statement from the CPS:

Parents want to continue those services, and add a badly needed library for kids and adults, Santos said. However, CPS spokeswoman Monique Bond said more than 160 CPS schools don't have libraries.

Well, the loss of libraries appears to be a pattern. National policy tends to carry over to local levels, even making it okay for a school system to say out loud that 160 of their city schools don't have libraries.

Priorities out of order. School libraries closing, teaching for high test scores increasing.

As the school budget crisis deepens, administrators across the nation have started to view school libraries as luxuries that can be axed rather than places where kids learn to love reading and do research.

In fact now the federal government is not only allowing more money for high-stakes testing, it is now awarding millions to consortiums who are going to develop MORE high-stakes tests....even as school libraries go begging.

Utah, other states get money for new school testing

A coalition of 31 states, including Utah, was awarded $160 million in federal funding to develop an adaptive testing system for use in public schools.

Judy Park, associate superintendent for student services and federal programs for the Utah State Office of Education, cochairs the executive committee of the partnership of states known as the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium. Utah was one of two states that applied for and received federal Race to the Top money to develop an assessment system.

..."The tests the consortium plans to develop will be administered on a computer and given multiple times a year to students in grades 3-8 and 11, and will provide real-time results and a chance to chart student progress throughout the school year.

Here is more about the sit-in.

Whittier Field House Library Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Parents of students at the Whittier Dual Language School opened a new library in the occupied Whittier Field House on Thursday, September 30, with the help of the Chicago Underground Library and donations from as far away as Florida. The following photographs are from the ribbon cutting ceremony that officially opened the library at 5pm with speeches, song, prayer and -- of course -- some reading.

Some pictures from that link:

Putting finishing touches on the new library.

Children race to open the new library.

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