Safe Travels, Safe Weekend

Safe Travels, Safe Weekend
I’m off for a couple of days — as are you, perhaps, if you’re not getting ready for the first day of class.  Have a fun and safe weekend.  See you in September.

Board Changes School Ratings

Board Changes School Ratings
Today's education news: The Board changed the way schools will be ranked - a little.  The union called for universal full-day preschool.  Ted Oppenheimer emerged as the first donor to Karen Lewis' campaign.Vallas warns against Rauner budget cuts. Emanuel's super PAC supports friendly aldermen...

Little League Kids Mostly Attend Magnets, Charters

Little League Kids Mostly Attend Magnets, Charters
Karen Lewis' media tour continues. PURE's Julie Woestehoff has moved on.  Jackie Robinson West kids mostly attend magnet and charter schools. South and West Side violence has deep effects on those who experience the trauma. CPS won't delay high school start times despite what pediatricians say. The Tribune finds some of Urban Prep's grads but can't find out how well the class of 2010 has done. Five rounds of testing in a suburban kindergarten is too much, says a teacher. Also -- how's it going for charter school teachers and parents so far...
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Grad Rate Jumps 4 Pct, Says CPS

Grad Rate Jumps 4 Pct, Says CPS
CPS says that grad rates are up 4 percent over last year -- what do you think?  Meantime, an old video of Karen Lewis suggests she might have changed her mind about job training. Plus: Dyett, Youth Alternative, etc.  In comments: charter schools already started, and longer school days should or shouldn't require extra pay. Elsewhere, LA is doing its iPad contract over.  More Chicago education news throughout the day at @district299...

A Week Until School Starts!

A Week Until School Starts!
School's a week away - what's new or different so far?  Meantime, Karen Lewis continues her coy media tour (media laps it up), Sun-Times digs back into the school closings report nobody paid much attention to (and weak charter school oversight, too). Elsewhere, NYC gears up for its first year of universal preschool, and the NYT reviews a new book about teachers...

Summer Road Trip - See You Monday

Summer Road Trip - See You Monday
Hey, all — it’s time for my annual road trip to Boston to visit my mom and sister, so there won’t be much updating until Monday the 25th.  That doesn’t mean you can’t post links, ask questions or make comments, however.  The comments are open, and I’ll post anything I see on Twitter here as... Read more »
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More Voting, More Money!

More Voting, More Money!
Latest education news: Advocates rallied in support of an elected school board (and more funding).  Lewis derided the CPS preference for firefighters as a stunt. CPS efforts to sell off unused building hampered by promise not to let charters use them (talk about stunts).  There was a big edtech conference in Bridgeport last week (who knew?). Nationally, NYC Mayor De Blasio continues to push for more Common Core training for teachers even as national poll results find reduced support among teachers and the public...

The New Year Approacheth

The New Year Approacheth
Today's news includes lots more about the upcoming mayoral race, a few tidbits about schools (Lincoln, closed school buildings), and a smidgen of news about this year's expanded Safe Passages initiative.  There was also lots of debate among commenters over the weekend about Karen Lewis' earnings, Rahm's poll numbers, and whether it really makes a difference who the mayor is -- along with the usual questions about who's side I'm on (no one's!). Nationally, New York state test scores (using Common Core) are up this year, and the union isn't going to endorse Cuomo...

Weekend Open Discussion Thread

Weekend Open Discussion Thread
I’m off to the country for a couple of days but there’s lots to talk about — the Sun Times’ story about how much Lewis makes, the ever-changing polls showing Rahm vs. Karen, various comings and goings at Central Office and elsewhere.  Lincoln, Dyett, etc. Or, if you feel like it, there are new test... Read more »
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Lewis Makes Big Bucks - UNO Exits

Lewis Makes Big Bucks - UNO Exits
Lots of news today, at least of the political kind.  The Sun-Times is reporting that CTU president Karen Lewis owns all or part of three homes and makes more than $200,000 a year  -- but at the same time a new Tribune poll says that she and Emanuel are close. Even bigger news (to me, at least), is that UNO is going to get out of the charter school management business. Nationally, Michelle Rhee is stepping down from StudentsFirst and UTLA beat big-money reformers in a school board election -- again.  What else is going on? Let us know in comments. ...