Monday Morning Education News

There's actually lots of education news that's not about Fenger or youth violence:


Former foster child now a million-dollar scholar Tribune

Quarles was 5, the state took him away from his mother. He spent his
childhood bouncing from home to home before ending up on his own at 17
in an apartment on Chicago's South Side.

Lunch waivers on the rise in Illinois schools Tribune

She dressed carefully for a recent trip
to her son's Oak Lawn school district, hoping that her pressed black
slacks, pinstriped shirt and heels might help her get a job; In one
trip, she signed up her teenager  for free lunches and applied for a
substitute teaching position.

The not-even-second city Crain's
Daley's City Hall operation, on the other hand, needs an infusion of
fresh talent. Sources close to the mayor privately concede that, after
two decades in office, the bench has been depleted.

Nepal exit becomes city school entry Tribune
June, Biswakarma left her remote Bhutanese refugee camp in Nepal and
along with her parents and 8-year-old sister took her first plane ride
-- to a new life in Chicago. That life began in earnest last month when
she entered Sullivan High School in Rogers Park, traditionally a
gateway for immigrants.

Nurturing 'School Minds' Education Week
Yanguas, a board member of the Illinois Association for Multilingual
Multicultural Education, expresses skepticism at the Illinois Policy
Institute study's findings on ELLs because they are based on scores
from state content tests.


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  • Inspector's Report: Huberman Committed 'Significant Management Failure',CST-NWS-huberman02.article

    Adrienne Hiegel, Huberman's top deputy at OEMC in 2005, was accused of "altering documents" and failing to follow the city's procurement procedures.

    If Hiegel still worked for the city -- instead of as a Huberman underling at the Board of Education -- she should be fired, the 38-page report states.

    inspector general's office characterizes Huberman as so derelict in the oversight of a contract with Motorola while he was executive director of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications that he should be suspended if he still worked for the city.

  • Cuts starting

  • I was quite impressed with Mr. Quarles and the discipline he has shown and continues to show. He has a lot of dreams, and probably won't accomplish all of them, but dang, he's a hard worker, so who knows!

  • So, how'd it go? (past weekend)

    The Office of Academic Enhancement will host its second annual elementary school fair for Options for Knowledge schools and programs, scheduled for Saturday, October 3, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

    This event is designed to prepare parents and students for the upcoming application process and will offer the opportunity for attendees to talk directly with school representatives regarding school options in Chicago, including magnet schools and programs as well as gifted and enriched academic programs. In addition, schools will be able to advertise future open house events and school tours, disseminate flyers and brochures, and provide additional information about their various programs.

    The fair will be held at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren St. This location is easily accessible via public transportation, and parents will also have access to a free parking lot directly across from the college.

    For additional information, contact the Office of Academic Enhancement at (773) 553-2060.

  • an interesting comment pulled from

    Philip Krone says:
    September 7, 2009 at 3:24 am

    It may come as a surprise to some but the original 5% principal

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