Monday AM News: New school leaders, Council on defensive, Lawsuit dropped, Quality education for all, Principal traning, Results questioned, Universities facing scrutiny

Wanted: New school leaders Tribune (editorial)
The Chicago Public Schools system has 126 openings for principals next fall, and has only 33 current principals ready to take the jobs. That's a problem. It's also a phenomenal opportunity.

Curie's council leader on defensive Tribune
The chairman of the Curie Metropolitan High School local school council defended himself Friday against allegations that he solicited $400 in commissions from a school contractor.

Homeless students see lawsuit dropped Tribune
A homeless advocacy group withdrew its lawsuit against Chicago Public Schools last week, saying the district has made strides to protect the rights of homeless children.

All children deserve quality education Tribune (voice of the people)
The Chicago Tribune recently printed an overly critical editorial regarding legislation I introduced impacting charter schools ("What do parents and kids know?" Editorial, March 28). I would like to take this opportunity to address some of the concerns brought forth in this publication.

Top principal credits training  Sun TImes
In his inaugural year as a Chicago public school principal in 2004, Craig Benes, a hard-driving former marriage and family therapist, pulled out a massive to-do list.

Test Results Questioned WBEZ
An independent report is questioning last year’s state achievement test scores. Illinois students passed seventy-seven percent of the state exams—compared to sixty-nine percent in 2005.

Universities Face Scrutiny over Student Loans WBEZ
The Illinois Attorney General’s office is investigating claims that two universities have improperly steered students to bank lenders.

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  • Another good piece that missed this list of articles was a "Commentary" piece in the Sun-Times from Bill Motzer, VP of Admissions and Career Services at Lake Forest College.

    In this piece, he discussed how many colleges are going to a "test optional" process because they know (as the Consortium pointed out) that grades are a much greater indicator of student success in college than scores on the ACT/SAT.

    We go back to the idea that we have research on what points to student success in college and we are still arguing that schools/principals/teachers are/are not doing their jobs because school are/are not making AYP.

    Bizarre.

  • I do think there should be other factors that we look at. But, more importantly, in schools, we have perpetual discussions with students about what they need to know for the test, when, in reality, that does little to serve the student. It serves the school (by keeping it off probation or remediation or whatever) but it does not serve the child.

    I think test scores are fine as one measure, but they should not be the only measure. Nor should we be comparing the kumquats of one year to the lemon jello molds of another year.

    Someone mentioned looking at growth of Explore, PLAN, and ACT. That makes more sense than the PSAE for high schools.

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