Best Of The Week (January 8-15)

Question Of The Week: Anything New Going On?
Lots of different perspectives on what' was new the first week back.

Duncan Vs. Woestehoff: Battle Of The Titans
Earlier this week, NPR's Talk Of The Nation did a segment on mayoral control featuring CPS as the grand-daddy of this particular reform. Lots of comments on LSCs in this one.

On Daley, Education, and the Black Vote
Usually light and breezy, the Chicagoist website features a serious-minded post calling Mayor Daley our for his recent transformation into "the great
scholar, spouting wisdom in public about public-school reform, not just in Chicago, but also in

Contract Costs?
Public schools could have as much as $77 billion more a year to improve teaching if they reduced spending on seniority pay increases, teacher's aides, class size limits and other measures often found in teacher union contracts, a new study contends.

Chicago Vs. LA
Public Schools aren't perfect, but are considerably better off than
they were prior to Mayor Daley's takeover (generally speaking),"
according to the blog LAist.

Vallas Jokes About ISBE Test
In yesterday's USA Today story on NCLB and how state tests differ greatly, Vallas is quoted joking about how much easier the ISBE test is than the Pennsylvania one.

Is Stewart Losing Jobs?
Over at Chicago Teachers Speak Out, Victor H posts about job losses in CPS.  Debbie Lynch joins the fray.

A Little Bit of Chicago In DC
So there I was, wandering around in the back during the
question and answer session following Secretary Spellings' speech on
NCLB in Washington on Monday when I hear a familiar voice asking a
familiar question:  How come schools don't tell parents that there is
money for parent education in Title I and give parents all the rights
and resources to which they are entitled?

CPS 2006 Year In Review
Welcome back, CPS, and happy new year.  Here's the CPS tout
sheet on accomplishments during 2006 -- check it out and see all the
good things that have happened. Download here.

Breaking News
Daley renews call for all-day kindergarten Sun Times
*More master teachers certified in Chicago Tribune
*Fund for schools reaches $15-million target Crain's
*Most students 'on track': census Sun Times
*Rules for special ed blocked Tribune

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