Q&A with R. Eden Martin

What role did the Civic Committee play in designing the mayor’s plan?

We have been in regular contact with [Schools CEO] Arne Duncan and others in the school administration. It’s their plan. But because we’ve had an interest in it, believed it was the correct thing to do, you won’t be surprised to know that we have been in regular touch with them.

Comings & Goings

The Chicago Educator, CPS’s bi-monthly newsletter for students and parents, will no longer be published in hard copy because of high printing costs, CPS officials said. The last issue was in June. The Educator will continue to be published online.

Future of Quest Center, partnership schools in limbo

Facing the possibility that Marilyn Stewart, a leader with more interest in bread-and-butter union issues than education reform, could eventually replace sitting President Deborah Lynch, The Chicago Community Trust temporarily froze a $740,000 grant awarded in May to the Quest Center.

Lawmakers put the brakes on governor’s education agenda

Gov. Rod Blagojevich called for dismantling the state Board of Education, increasing the minimum amount of per-pupil funding by $250, bringing responsibility for construction and some personnel functions under state oversight, banning pop and candy in schools, mandating community service for high school students and sending free books to pre-school children.