Archive for August 2009

Monday Morning Education News

New school blends past, future Sun Times Can a school in North Lawndale achieve 96 percent attendance and 100 percent college placement? The Ford Motor Co. Fund’s first school in Dearborn, Mich., achieved those results, and now officials hope the same can be done at a new charter high school opened by the fund in... Read more »

Rolling Updates August 24-28

Happy Monday! There will be occasional (daily not hourly) updates here, via Twitter.    Feel free to submit links or updates if you see something before I do.   follow me on Twitter

School News Updates August 17-21

Here’s the place for this week’s news and commentary — most of it provided by you.  I’m (trying to stay) away again this week, though I may post some links and ideas that will appear here (hit reload if you don’t see anything new).  Meantime, feel free to share breaking news links, firsthand experiences of... Read more »
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What's Going On At Bucktown's Pulaski Elementary School?

There’s another gentrification battle brewing in a CPS school, this time over Bucktown’s Pulaski Elementary.   I don’t know all the details, but it sounds like the long-discussed plans to bring in an IB program to replace the fine arts program — a change supported by the neighborhood association, the principal and the the LSC... Read more »

This Week's Education Updates Are Here

I’m taking some time off and heading North to see my mom, so most of my updates this week (August 10-14) will appear here – Hit “reload” if you don’t see anything new: follow me on Twitter Feel free to send a link or bring something up in the comments if I miss anything good.... Read more »

Monday Morning Education News

There’s always something interesting going on in Chicago schools, even in the middle of August. Some question phasing-in at new Skinner School Gazette Chicago Some families living near Skinner West wanting to send their children to a neighborhood school must travel more than a mile away and object to this phase-in, however. Although this plan... Read more »
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School Board Bans Facebook, Twitter For Teachers

Just a few days after patting itself on the back for enlisting a R&B singer with a MySpace page and lots of Twitter followers, CPS’s new email policy (PDF) requiring teachers to use official email for all communications with students has come to light. Blog readers brought this issue to light in reader commentsover the... Read more »

Weekend Updates

Here are some of my recent Twitter posts — each bullet is a 140-character update, plus sometimes a link to a news clip or another blog: follow me on Twitter Hit the “reload” button to get the most recent updates.

Latest News Coverage Of CPS Clout Scandal

Here’s the video of the segment last night on Chicago Tonight:   Latest stories: Bigwigs under scrutiny in CPS admissions probe Sun Times CPS attorneys “red-flagged” the case during a routine review of all principal picks this spring because it was missing certain information and bore Minniefield’s last name, one source said. Federal grand jury... Read more »
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Duncan Or Vallas Paid Most Attention To Youth Shooting Stats?

The Beachwood Reporter’s Steve Rhodes points out that it was Paul Vallas who first started gathering youth shooting stats, and Duncan who stopped the practice for several years until it was revived. This is a different version of events from the story Duncan told Carol Marin recently.  Or maybe the version Vallas told Eric Zorn... Read more »