Friday Morning News

Principal who pushed reform fired Tribune
A reformer principal charged with turning around one of Chicago's lowest-performing schools has been abruptly fired for insubordination, a decision decried by Bethune Elementary staff and parents during a meeting Thursday.

Teachers union chief urges end to 'costly charter experiment' Daily Southtown
(Guest Column By Marilyn Stewart) So, after 10 years, what are the results? What programs have been so successful that they've been replicated in traditional public schools? How has the charter school experiment lived up to the expectations of the legislators who created it? Should it have produced results after three years? After five years? After seven years? What about after a whole decade?

Our view on school reform: Educators slow to wise up to the gender problem USA Today
Last month, Melissa Roderick, a University of Chicago professor and leading authority on school reform, arrived at a startling conclusion: The traditional measurements of the nation's progress in improving education, which use race and income as markers, are flawed.

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