CTU is seeking a moratorium on turnarounds and wants greater transparency in the process, claiming that turnarounds are unfairly impacting black teachers on Chicago's West and South sides. Meanwhile, in a belt-tightening move, the district plans to close schools with low enrollment in those same areas. CPS's current criteria for closure focus on space utilization; should they add racial balance -- of students or staff -- to the list?
This is certainly a tumultuous start for CPS's new leader. We're hoping things move ahead in a productive and non-acrimonious way so that Chicago can get on with the business of educating its students.