Wednesday Morning Education News (& A Board Meeting)

Not much big news today, though the Board meeting being held downtown could bring news of some kind, I suppose. 

One more problem with Chicago schools' first day attendance claim

The calculation included all students in attendance on
Sept. 8, even if they were in one of the 132 Track E schools whose
first day was Aug. 10.

Third Week of School, Kids Still Lack Teachers WBEZ

Amundsen's subs were among 124
the district sent to 35 high schools- an insurance policy against a
flood of extra kids. Amundsen, for instance, got nearly 200 extra
students this year.

Here's the agenda (PDF) for the Board meeting,
including the usual this and that (a $400M note, a slew of attendance
area changes, some charter school renewals and approvals, etc.)


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  • Confused By Special Ed: Alexander, can you please post a separate discussion about special ed. There are a lot of concerns based on this information

  • From Various Readers:

    By: common sense?
    Wednesday Morning News

    Education in Chicago:
    Reason to Cheer: Common Sense About Schools From Thinking Observers


    Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 3:08 PM
    By: west side
    Wednesday Morning News

    The Chicago Public School Teacher's Husband

    Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 4:37 PM
    By: npr story
    Wednesday Morning News
    Good for WBEZ that they made an attempt to tell the story of short staffing and other perennial staffing issues at neighborhood high schools in CPS. This is such a huge problem, it happens every year, and little is done to address it. It creates chaos which is extremely damaging to students, and to teachers, and creates major obstacles to teaching and learning. I've been a "place holder" teacher. I've been a sub, and I've been placed in a position where the students had subs in and out for weeks on end before I got there. Disastrous in each instance, and not because I can't teach. It's simply a setup for failure for all parties concerned. I did drop off a resume at Amundsen this summer. I'm certified in one of the areas that the principal claimed to need, and I am bilingual. I was told that they would not be needing teachers, and not to expect anything to open up there. I could have been hired as a sub, and then put into a position when it opened up. Not even a phone call. Thankfully, I have a regular teaching assignment at another school now, but those kids and who knows how many other qualified teachers who also applied and were turned away certainly deserve a chance for a smooth start to the academic year, and a clear shot at raising achievement.

    Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 5:08 PM
    By: hubermister
    the data jag where is my missing 5 days pay clown.

    what a way to run an operation, can not pay employees on time.

    government mismanagement at it worst.

    i wonder if your check is correct.

    Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 6:40 PM
    By: Ayers for some
    Wednesday Morning News

    Purdue limits audience for Bill Ayers' visit

    By ERIC WEDDLE / Lafayette Journal & Courier
    Posted: September 22, 2009
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    Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 7:45 PM
    By: I am not a Crook!
    Hmmmm !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Daley defends principals' role in school admissions,...

    September 23, 2009
    BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter

  • Dear Confused: There's now a SPED post you can read and comment on here:


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