What do you think about these three recent offerings from Catalyst Magazine, which focus on increases in reported violence, value-added elementary school ratings, and Grow Your Own?
the past year, violent incidents inside or on the grounds of Chicago's
high schools rose by almost 20 percent...Over the past three years, there's been a nearly three-fold
increase in the rate of category 4, 5, and 6 violations to 15,094 in 2008-2009.
little fanfare last month, Chicago Public Schools released its second
edition of "value-added scores" for every elementary school in the
system--offering parents what is theoretically a fairer way to gauge
school performance and sounding a note of caution on school
One of these groups is Grow Your Own
Teachers, an Illinois program that is tackling the issue of teacher
retention and cultural competence in schools by cultivating teachers
from within communities. ALSO: Grow Your Own evaluation ISBE.
I rather like these more timely updates (compared to the in-depth stuff) and hope that once there's another fulltime reporter hired there will be more of them to come. But that's just me.