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AM News: Chicago Mayor Defends School Closings as Tough But Necessary

Rahm Emanuel On School Closings: Chicago Mayor Defends Action As Tough But Needed AP: Mayor Rahm Emanuel responded Saturday to widespread criticism of his plan to close 54 Chicago Public Schools, saying he wasn't interested in doing what was politically easy and that the pain of the closings doesn't compare to the anguish of "trapping" kids in failing schools. "If we don't make these changes, we haven't lived up to our responsibility as adults to the children of the city of Chicago," Emanuel said in his first public statements since Thursday's announcement. "And I did not run for office to shirk my responsibility."

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CPS School Closing Protests: District's Announcement Angers Parents, Aldermen, Communities HuffPostEdu: After Chicago Public Schools officials on Thursday unveiled their plan to shutter 54 of the district's elementary schools, the Chicago Teachers Union, parents and community groups vowed to dig in their heels and continue to push back against the proposal. Joining their ranks by the week's end, however, were a number of elected officials who, like other critics of the mass school closings, view the action as having a disproportionately detrimental impact on minority students in low-income, high-crime neighborhoods, points made all the more dramatic by one map that went viralon social media Friday.

Goldman Sachs Hopes To Profit By Helping Troubled Teens NPR: Last year, the New York City Department of Corrections did something no other city in America has ever done — it asked for private, corporate investors. Goldman Sachs opted to invest $9.6 million in the Adolescent Behavioral Learning Experience program, a new curriculum that seeks to bring down the number of youth offenders going back to prison.

Will Funding Flexibility for Schools Come With Sequestration Cuts? PoliticsK12: So now that school districts are coping with a 5 percent across-the-board cut to all federal programs, thanks to sequestration, many advocates are asking the department for what they see as the next best thing to more money: Greater flexibility with the funds they actually have. For instance, advocates are wondering how the cuts will affect maintenance of effort, which requires states and districts to keep their own spending up at a certain level in order to tap federal funds. Do they get a break because they're getting less Title I and special education money?

Same-Sex Marriage Cases Hold Implications for Schools EdWeek: This week, the U.S. Supreme Court takes up their case, Hollingsworth v. Perry (No. 12-144), which asks whether California's limitation of marriage to a man and a woman violates the equal-protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. Among the scores of briefs filed by parties and "friends of the court" on different sides of those cases are several that address same-sex marriage and the schools. The issues include schools' treatment of same-sex parents and their children, the impact of the debate on gay students and on those who object to same-sex marriage on religious grounds, and the influence of the trend on the curriculum.

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