"Stop-Gap" $5.8B Budget Approved

"Stop-Gap" $5.8B Budget Approved
The Board approved the CPS budget -- no surprises, right?  Catalyst examines the impact of funding charters equitably on the rest of the district.  Lots of opinions in Comments about the closing of the Simeon electrical training program. Firefighters are complaining about new CPS graduate hiring priority. Nationally, Glenn Beck is going all out against the Common Core (good company, I know), and states are trying to upgrade charter and accountability policies nationwide according to a new ECS report. ...

Budget, Kenwood, & Karen -- Oh, My!

Budget, Kenwood, & Karen -- Oh, My!
Today's news: The budget is up for approval at today's Board meeting.  The Board wants to move Kenwood Academy into the old Canter MS building. Logan Square network chief John Price has resigned. More news about Karen's Hawaii vacation (and talk about another strike in comments). Plus charters and district schools work together in a Texas district, and some schools are finding the best use of a longer day is more time for teacher collaboration...

Unaccompanied Minors, Violence Summit, & So Long ACT

Unaccompanied Minors, Violence Summit, & So Long ACT
Today's news (besides the heat): Here come a few hundred unaccompanied migrant children to Chicago (and presumably CPS, right?) A violence summit was held, after a weekend of hyperviolence (and the Pitchfork Festival). The ACT is out. Everyone keeps telling me Karen Lewis is in Hawaii (so what?).  A new international study shows that US principals are especially focused on student poverty, compared to those in other countries. ...
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Shootings, Funding, Politics, Sorting

Shootings, Funding, Politics, Sorting
Welcome back.  It was another super-violent weekend in some parts of Chicago.  Raise Your Hand dominated coverage of the budget hearings. Lots of folks are excited and scared about a Lewis run against Emanuel. Plus, folks are still digesting WBEZ's story about how kids get sorted out among different high schools. Elsewhere, a NYC-based advocacy group spent nearly $6M in ads against a City Hall charter school co-location plan (and won)...

Friday News Roundup

Friday News Roundup
Parent Group Wants More Eyes on Chicago Budget WBEZ: A city-wide parent group wants more eyeballs on Chicago Public Schools spending before the Board of Education votes on it sbudget proposalfor next year. How Chicago’s school choice system is tracking kids into separate high schools WBEZ: At the two military schools, 48 percent and 64 percent of incoming students... Read more »

Juarez Attendance Whistleblower Fired

Juarez Attendance Whistleblower Fired
Pretty much everyone's focused on the pros and cons of a Karen Lewis challenge to Mayor Rahm and the budget hearings for next year, but I'm still super curious about what's happening at Juarez (cooking the books, firing the whistleblower) and whether it's happening/happened at other CPS schools (right?). Elsewhere, Seattle is finally getting some charter schools, and a new charter school study shows that NYC charters don't under-serve SWD but those in other cities do...
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Preckwinkle's Out - Lewis Leans In

Preckwinkle's Out - Lewis Leans In
Uh-oh, this Emanuel-Lewis thing is looking sorta real, now.  Preckwinkle is out. The national press has got ahold of the story. Could be fun messy great awful, right? -- especially if Lewis retains her role as union head while running. Nationally, districts (CPS?) are getting ready to handle an influx of Central American refugee kids, and Deieon Sanders' charter school is in big trouble...

Teachers Use Clout, Too

Teachers Use Clout, Too
Today's news roundup includes more about a Karen Lewis run for mayor (and just how hard it would be for her to win) and a cringe-inducing story about some IL teachers using clout for certification and licensing.  National news includes the wrap-up of the AFT convention in LA and an interview with the New Yorker writer who got inside one of the Atlanta cheating schools to learn more about the personal and professional motivations...

Karen Lewis In LA

Karen Lewis In LA
And we're back.  Monday's education news includes a few stories about Karen Lewis, more about budget cuts for neighborhood schools, a few others about specific schools (Passages, Lake View High School), and a WBEZ story about arts education inequities. Nationally, the AFT convention is going on, and more Republican governors are reversing course on Common Core...
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Gone Fishing - Back On Monday

Gone Fishing - Back On Monday
I’m taking a quick July holiday and will be back on Monday.  Feel free to post questions, comments, or news links in the comments section.  Budgets, hiring, politics — there’s a lot going on.