Renaissance 2010 "Brand" Has Changed Over Time

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WBEZ's Linda Lutton turns in an interesting "meta" piece about the branding and meaning of Renaissance 2010 that hits on lots of the initiative's history and hints at its future (Renaissance 2010: A Tainted Brand?). 

Whatever Ren10's current status, however, let's not forget how powerful the branding was at the start, when nearly all of the conversation and coverage (except here) focused on the school openings elements and no one it seemed realized that closings were just as much a part of it as openings. People may want to say that they were onto Ren10's school closing elements from the start, but in reality few were so clear about it way back when. 

At what point did it become clear to you that Ren10 was as much about closings as openings, and do you think that Ren10 is at this point a tainted brand outside the smaller world of schools that have been directly affected?

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  • Retired Principal said: Ron Huberman said chronic low performing CPS high schools, performing lower than 33.3% for two years could be turnarounded (turned upside down, turned out)for the 2010-2011 school year. These ten CPS high schools are the ten lowest performing high schools according to CPS guidelines average over two years: 1. Robeson 11.15%; 2. Harlan 13.15% (probably not because Harlan was picked for the career and tech program for 2010-2011); 3. Clemente 14.05% (probably not because CPS likes the principal); 4. Crane 15.10% (probably not because Crane was picked for the career and tech program for 2010-2011); 5. Washington 15.35% (probably not because Washington was picked for the career and tech program for 2010-2011); 6. Gage Park 16.85%; 6. CVCA (CVS) 16.85%; 7. Richards 17.85%; 8. Roosevelt 19.35%; 9. Fenger 19.50% (already turnarounded or turned out!)and 10. School of Leadership (South Shore Campus) 20%. P.S. Remember, it's not what you know but who you know!

  • If ANY Ren10 school kicks a kid out and/or that kid is sent to a CPS regular school, report this to Mr. Pat Rocks at 773-553-1700. Ren10 schools are NOT allowed to do this--they do it, but they are not suposed to. Keep an eye out for a name change too. Ren10 is going underground due to bad press and lies to tax payers.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    This happens at a far greater rate than is reported. Ren10 schools have near full independence in disciplinary policy, so there are what's deemed 'charter expulsions' - meaning no actual judicial proceeding, just local decision by school's Admin team, and the kid is bounced back to neighborhood school. Expulsion issues are as small as work habits and minor behaviorial issues - and wouldn't you like to see the test score performance on those kids?! This is how many charters are engaging in a 'back door' selective enrollment, meaning open lottery to get in, but exiting massive numbers of students out the back, and then hand-picking replacements in upper grades. Believe me, I've been there. Especially true in the charters that are posting highest gains - surprise, surprise. Where's the Consortium on this?

  • In reply to eyeoncps:

    Good points, eyeoncps. And be suspicious when you see that "100%" of graduates were accepted to college. That is ALWAYS an indication that the system is being gamed.

  • In reply to eyeoncps:

    Selective enrollment schools have been doing similar things for years.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    That selective enrollment schools have been doing this is pretty crappy, but they are by design 'selective.' Charters legally and by trumpeted reputation are supposed to have the same open enrollment as any neighborhood schools. The admissions lottery is to be blind, and in *most cases* this is held to. However, they are in fact operating as selective schools through this low-threshold expulsion policy. This is particularly unfair in that CPS administration and general national dialogue on charters continues to compare their results to neighborhood schools, who do not have this option to exit any low-performing or *challenging* students - as well they shouldn't! These are public schools. But charters should not have this option, either - they are not private or selective enrollment! This truth on charters must be included if the comparison to neighborhood schools is to have any real implications.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Does W.Young CP pay their students to apply for college?
    An alumnus talking to our school stated that they do.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Retired Principal said: When CPS finally announces the school closures this month for the 2010-2011 school year, it will include 2 high schools to be turnarounded and 18 elementary schools to be turnarounded, closed, phased out or consolidated.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Hopefully Gwendolyn Brooks is on that list...
    What a joke...the kids are not gettng the college prep experience....how many incidents of mis management will it take to remove this principal..there must be a mole in CPS that keeps the continued stream of negative actions and activities from hitting the news waves....from kids having sex in the school (being caught by administrators) and no incident reports being filed to the most recent brawl in the parking lot between a janitor and his get this...(wife and son) College Prep...what a joke.....Im just scratching my head........

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    the tribune joins the fray with this look back at ren10, noting that despite some bright spots it hasn't been the game changer that it was supposed to be -- touted as -- etc.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/chi-renaissance-2010-17-jan17,0,3877012.story

    nor, it should be noted, has the initiative destroyed the chicago public school system as we know it. it brought in outside funding and helped end some dismal programs.

    given a choice between ren10 and nothing -- not the money, not the closings or new schools -- which would you choose?

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    I think this quote from DePaul's Barbara Radner is a fair assessment:
    "In some ways [Ren10] has been more harmful than good because all the attention, all the funding, all the hope was directed at Ren10 to the detriment of other effective strategies CPS was developing."

    Instead of the all-or-nothing choice it pursued, CPS should have made trade-offs among Ren10 and other promising alternatives. Most real-world decisions are made at the margin, but that wasn't BOLD enough for the bureaucrats.

    --Danny

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    The article at least calls Daley on his BS. Huberman can't lead because he has no clue. It is not Huberman's fault, since he has no experience nor the qualifications to run a large urban school district. How can Huberman and his Performance Management Team lead when it is obvious they have no clue nor experience on supporting learning and schools. Huberman and His Performance Management folks frame their work as doing "something" for improving efficiency and execution that isn't done in school districts. So members of the PM team give off the impression they are on the cutting edge. NOT! These folks are making it up as they go along! What is funny is that some of the resources they are using spell out the fact that there is need for hiring competent people for their jobs. These folks are not! Chicagoans should know there ARE high performing school districts and their practices have been noted.
    Download the technical report by the National Staff Development Council which identify real world practices of high performing school districts. They are establishing benchmarks of practices and Huberman and his Performance Management Team would get F's.
    http://www.srnleads.org/press/prs/nsdc_profdev.html

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