The Week in Review (Oct. 23 - 29)

Missed some of last week's big headlines and hot topics?  Here's a quick recap of the week's news and commentary:

Question Of The WeeK:  How's The "High School Transformation Initiative" Going?
While it's hard to gauge actual results of the HSTP so far, readers are clear on one thing: "the Gates Foundation [people[ are getting a real smack in the face of the real problems of CPS."Hosanna_mahaley_johnson

Hidden Education Stars Under 40
Crain's gives praise for Hosanna Mahaley -Johnson and Tim King, but readers aren't so enthusiastic.

Local Blog Roundup: Small Schools, Principals and Contracts
Mike Klonsky criticizes small school for excluding special ed students.  And more.

Chicago Public Ed Fund Slams Traditional Philanthropy
CPEF Program Manager Jason Cascarino says other local funds should take on a more entrepreneurial approach, while readers take a different view.

News Of The Week:
schools get OK for same-sex classes

Test-score teaching bonuses to begin Tribune
Writing skills now 'critical' at CPS Sun-Times
Too many 'gifts,' not enough plain old learning Chicago Journal
State task force: Dropout re-enrollment cheaper than prison Chicago Defender
Candidates shy away from school funding Tribune

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