SUPES Suspended, Ruiz On The Hotseat

SUPES Suspended, Ruiz On The Hotseat
The Board suspended SUPES, no surprise, and Ruiz took a bunch of difficult questions from reporters in a video posted by WTTW afterwards.  Meanwhile, kids questioned Rahm at a student event, and Rauner threatened a veto against a testing relief bill in Springfield.  Nationally, testing opponents published pages from the New York State English test (a la George Schmidt?) and the judge in Atlanta is reconsidering the sentences for three of the educators who cheated to raise test scores...

Duncan Laments CPS Turmoil, Plus Rauner Vs. Lewis

Duncan Laments CPS Turmoil, Plus Rauner Vs. Lewis
Today's news includes coverage of Duncan's appearance in town yesterday, plus back-and-forth between Rauner and CTU head Karen Lewis. Michelle Obama is giving a commencement speech here. Joravsky wants the next CPS head to stand up to Rahm. The judge is going to resentence some of the Atlanta educators. See it all below or throughout the day at @district299...

Catalyst's Karp Going To BGA

Catalyst's Karp Going To BGA
Catalyst Chicago deputy editor Sarah Karp, widely credited with having broken the $20 million SUPES story that has now led to an FBI Investigation and the stepping down of the head of the Chicago school system, is leaving to join the Better Government Association of Chicago. For more on the move, and a few possible explanations for why it took everyone else nearly 2 years to followw up on Karp's story, read below. ...
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Questions About The Fund & Rauner's Involvement

Questions About The Fund & Rauner's Involvement
The latest news surrounding SUPES and Byrd-Bennett includes questions about the role of the Chicago Public Education Fund, and Gov. Rauner trying to distance himself from it. He was at an education writers event on Monday, and his wife is scheduled to appear on a panel today. Nationally, Common Core testing continues with some problems and parent opt-outs.  The NYT has a big piece about how teachers unions are working with parents and conservatives to oppose testing. Check it all out below and throughout the day at @district299...

All Eyes On CPS

All Eyes On CPS
Wow, what a strange few days for Chicago and CPS.  Byrd-Bennett is on leave.  The Chicago Public Education Fund is under examination along with SUPES. Rumors are flying. I was at the Friday event celebrating the new Speer campus of Noble Street and there were no press, no CPS, and no City Hall folks there.  The Chicago reporters planning on attending EWA15, the national conference of education writers going on here this week, don't know whether to come to panels and report the next story. Lots of stories below, and more throughout the day at @district299...

Twitter & Facebook Friday

Twitter & Facebook Friday
It’s Friday and I’m on the road so I’ll be sharing CPS news and commentary via Twitter (@district299) and on Facebook.  See you on social media! There are several CPS- and ISBE-related news posts already there.
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Byrd-Bennett Under Investigation

Byrd-Bennett Under Investigation
The big news of the day is the Federal investigation of CPS and Byrd-Bennett, and the news that CPS insiders are discussing an interim to replace Byrd-Bennett until the investigation is complete. Then there's financial news related to ISBE, Rauner, and Rahm. Meanwhile, 3 states halted Common Core testing because of computer problems, and New Jersey reported statewide opt-outs ranging from 4 to 15 percent, and Hillary Clinton talked Common Core in Iowa...

Koch, Rauner, & Noguera -- Oh, My!

Koch, Rauner, & Noguera -- Oh, My!
Today's news roundup: Koch is out at ISBE, says everyone. Rahm endorses Hillary. George Schmidt is upset that Pedro Noguera was invited by CTU to talk about Common Core. Thought Chuy was going to win? Blame Twitter, says the Sun-Times. Nationally, opt-outs are high in some parts of New York but NYC won't give out city numbers.  The Senate education committee is working on an NCLB reboot. ...

Why WBEZ Didn't Run That "Chuy" Segment

Why WBEZ Didn't Run That "Chuy" Segment
Today's mishmash of news coverage has no particular pattern or meaning.  I think everyone's still trying to get back settled into school and recovering from the runoff. The one tiny bit of notable news is that NPR is pulling its branding off of that Latinos USA piece on Chuy that aired a few days before the election day (but not in Chicago because WBEZ thought it wasn't up to standards journalistically). Meanwhile, testing is ramping up in New York and the Senate is trying to mark up a new version of NCLB in DC...
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Welcome Back (You Didn't Miss Much)

Welcome Back (You Didn't Miss Much)
Welcome back! Everyone's still talking about last week's runoff election and what (if anything) it means for education. Meantime, there's a new documentary about homeless high school kids in Chicago, a new contract for City Hall critic principal LaRaviere. Nationally, it's testing week for New York, and the Atlanta educators are to be sentenced this morning...