Archive for December 2009

Happy New Year's Eve / New Year's Day!

Have a great dinner party / quiet night / TV marathon.  Don’t forget the pickled herring / Hopping John or whatever. It was a great /awful year — let’s hope 2010 is the same. See you on Monday (assuming I can make it that long). / Alexander

Did Duncan Lie About Chicago Accomplishments?

A couple of days ago the Washington Post ran an article questioning Arne Duncan’s legacy in Chicago (here).  Almost exactly a year before, the paper ran an article touting it (here). What a difference a year makes, eh? Leaving aside the poor journalism surrounding Duncan and the Post’s failure to inform readers that its coverage... Read more »

AM News: City Hall Protest, Magnet Concerns

CPS Replaces Race with Socio-Economic Formula for Admissio Chicago TalksChicago Public School officials announced a new admission plan to maintain diversity by using socio-economic status versus race factors for selective enrollment and magnet schools South Siders plan City Hall demonstration over school concerns Chicago Current Neighbors and parents in the Altgeld Gardens community will ask... Read more »
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"The Daley Shuffle" (CPS Year In Review)

What were the highs and lows of 2009 for Chicago Public Schools?  Here’s an excerpt from the Sun Times’ review of Mayor Daley’s pretty awful year reminding us about how the Mayor ignored Arne Duncan’s public support for Barbara Eason-Watkins: “The Daley shuffle continued with the appointment of CTA President Ron Huberman to replace Arne... Read more »

News: National Media Joins Chorus Questioning Duncan Era

Education secretary’s legacy questioned AP/ Washington Post Chicago is nowhere near the head of the pack in urban school improvement, even though Duncan often cites the successes of his tenure as he crusades to fix public education. Chicago-area Catholic schools ranked by enrollment Sun TimesThese Chicago area Catholic elementary and high schools posted the biggest... Read more »

Is CPS Banning This Blog?

 Yet another reason not to read this blog:  If you do so on a CPS computer, an embarrassing alarm sound might go off and all your co-workers will think you’re surfing porn or buying things on eBay again instead of tracking the latest education news. That’s what I hear from a reader — not the... Read more »
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The "Harlem Children's Zone" Juggernaut

The Tribune’s Stephanie Banchero does a good job (Successful New York program a possible solution for Chicago) describing the Harlem Children’s Zone, a New York-based program that has won widespread acclaim and is likely to be imitated in other places including perhaps Woodlawn, Logan Square or Chicago Lawn.  But her story gives precious little space... Read more »

Monday Morning Education News

Professor’s goal: Separate HIV facts from fiction Chicago Tribune … Voisin held lengthy discussions with a group of black male youths ages 14 to 18 who were living on the South Side and attending Chicago public schools. … 14-year-old shot while riding CTA bus on South Side Sun TimesA 14-year-old boy was wounded Saturday night... Read more »

Greetings: This Bothersome Holiday Vacation

Merry Xmas.  Hope you got some good loot.  Only X more days until the kids go back to school and you get your life back. See you Monday.
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Christmas Eve Education News Roundup

Chicago students treated to performance on rare violin Tribune Caroline Goulding, 17, a violin prodigy from Cleveland, plays an $18 million instrument this month for students at Ogden International School. Oak Forest School in the Running for $100,000 If Arbor Park maintains their momentum and finishes in one of the top 10 spots, the school... Read more »