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Parents to fight proposed move of Northwest Side gifted s...

By no means did I intend the LSC hire the new teachers. That is fortunately (or unfortunately) up to CPS depending on the outcomes. There are many things that the LSC does participate in such as budgeting, plans for advancing academic acheivement and principal selection and retention. Anyone who will possibly be sending their children to the new Edison should definitely be informed of these and other matters that are overseen by the LSC.  (Mar 9, 2008 | post #610)

Chicago, IL

Parents to fight proposed move of Northwest Side gifted s...

After seeing all the uncertainties, threats of leaving a "shell of a school" and pending principal/teacher hiring/appointment , shouldn't there be a local school council developing? Even if in the interim of determining who the new faculty and staff will be, those involved in Ebinger and Oriole Parks LSC's may be able to provide insight and guidance as to what works with their schools, considering these are the schools where most of the new Edison students are. Just a thought...  (Mar 9, 2008 | post #604)

Chicago, IL

Parents to fight proposed move of Northwest Side gifted s...

Just because you pay for your child's education doesn't mean that they are any better than the public school children. Last I knew, there are just as many pregnant teens graduating from the private highschools and mini-gang banger wanna bes in the junior highs of private schools as there are in the publics. As far as competition, hardly!! When was the last time that one of Chicago's private high schools was listed as a top City high school. Nope, it's been schools like Northside prep, Whitney Young and Payton that send high percentages of their students to Ivy league schools as opposed to those who are in private schools suffer through the ACTS and SATS barely getting into state schools. Private schools follow the beat of a different drummer which is why a vast majority of adults who went to private schools as a student, would never put their own kids through the same mess. No matter how you look at it, you get less from private schools (No ESL programs and minimal if any special ed services) and have to pay quite a bit, where as public school education, everyone pays for it out of our lovely property taxes. How dare you attack the children and parents calling them trailer park trash. I think you need to take a long hard look at yourself in the mirror and realize that what you accuse others of maybe what you fear others see in you regardless of how you may try to pose as an elitist "SPC mom". Remember your roots and where you came from. Even if these kids are coming from a background that might not be as priveleged as yours may be, look at their future and that they may be the one who holds your life in their hands. It can happen, regardless of popular belief, CPS does produce plenty of success stories. It's your conscience and remember Karma has a funny way of comming back to bite you where it hurts the most.  (Mar 6, 2008 | post #555)

Chicago, IL

Driver ticketed in pedestrian's death

Ok so the kid in who was running across the street is dead. No one knows what might have been going on in his head whether he was just trying to get home, meet up with friends or in an even sadder situation, had premeditated the possible consequences and was in the street on purpose. The family will hurt and mourn but eventually move on and live their lives. Imagine the person who was behind the wheel and struck and killed that person. How long do you think it will take that individual to move past the fact that they killed someone. Even though unintentional, imagine the psychological issues and nightmares of seeing that child hit by his car he will have to endure for the rest of his life. I doubt that this is something that the driver will be itching to get back behind the wheel for a long time.  (Mar 3, 2008 | post #17)

Chicago, IL

No need to move Edison Regional Gifted Center

Couldn't have said it better myself!! People remember...Change is not a bad thing!! It's the natural evolution that must happen in order to continue to foster growth!!! Rest assured that although this choice to move ERGC to a new building might not please all the parents, try to be positive about it to help make the transition as easy as possible for your kids. Remember, they're the ones who you're supposed to have their best interests at heart. The desicion has been made so now its time to try and make it work out for the best. Be the adults and stop whining!  (Mar 2, 2008 | post #28)

Chicago, IL

Well-loved high school teacher dies of complications from...

Your comment seems to be a little self-depricating claiming that 97% of gang bangers are your own race. Last I knew, gang-bangers were of every race and heritage.  (Feb 28, 2008 | post #10)

Chicago, IL

Children getting education in public school politics

First of all, these kids are already being moved around like pawns on a chessboard the minute their parents put them on a bus to go to a school that is out of their home area as most of these children are bused to Edison. And for those that chose not to bus their kids, end up driving 30+ minutes each way for school. Many comments made by Edison parents both here and at community meetings further feed into the communities perception that these parents use the fact their kids go to Edison as a status symbol and feel as though their kids have more right to this building than the neighborhood children. Some have even eluded to the fact of the "dangers " of the Albany park neighborhood. That's a little racist in my view. Edison is not the school it is because of the 4 walls it resides in but because of the teachers, principal and curriculum. These kids will continue to receive the same education from the same teachers as they would if they remained in Edison park. As long as the staff is not dramatically altered which I believe has been established that staff will remain the same, then these kids will continue to grow and receive the benefits of a "gifted" education. Relax people, instead of focusing on the negative "what ifs" that may result from this move, look at how this can further your childrens' growth and ability to transition through the never ending changing world. You should be educating your children to embrace change instead of fearing it which unfortunately may result as parents continue to perseverate on how detrimental they feel this move may be. Really edison parents, at least you are not in the predicament of those school who are being phased out or shut down all together! Even though Edison and Albany park will be sharing a building, what has been reported is that the two schools will be distinct and individual with minimal intermingling of the student populations. If anything, Edison is the winner in this situation because as an institution they may have the opportunity to provide their curriculum to a wider population as well as reaping the benefits of a building that is state of the art.  (Feb 28, 2008 | post #37)