AM News: Closings Reach Stronger Schools

Parents, community, students still fighting school closings
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Parents of two relatively high-performing neighborhood schools find
themselves in an unusual position: They are fighting to keep their
schools open.
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Lawmakers Return To Springfield Without Grand Expectations State News
State lawmakers said "wait til after the primary" for
any action on Illinois' budget woes.  Now that the primary has passed
lawmakers are once again saying "wait."
But this time it's let's wait and see what could happen.

A View From the Cot Matt Farmer (Huffington Post)
During third period your mind wanders. You wonder if you're the only kid in your class who is living in a homeless shelter.

Richardson-Lowry to Lead Chicago Board of Education WBEZ
We
talk with Mary Richardson-Lowry, who was nominated to take over the
late Michael Scott's position as Chicago Board of Education President.

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  • Did monica rosen of OPPD send out letters to a group of principals stating that they did not pass the process to get on the list to be a CPS principal only to be directed to send out another letter stating that her first letter was a mistake and that they did pass the full process? What's up with that?

  • Thank you Mr. Estvan! "It also makes little economic sense to reopen the school as a charter or contract school. This is because charters are more expensive to run on a per-student basis, due to their small enrollments. For example, Erie Charter School costs $8,880 per student enrolling 207 students, but Falconer, a traditional elementary school with 1,560 students, costs $5,871 per student even with higher-paid unionized teachers (this data comes from the last CPS Comprehensive Annual Financial Report)."
    from Catalyst-chicago.org

  • How many successful and cheaper CPS neighborhood schools have been closed due to Arne and the eternal mayor Daley that were high scoring schools? Too many for his almightly REN10. This is the 'business first' model and it needs a massive recall!

  • Retired Principal said: Dear District299Reader, Monica Rosen did send out a second letter to principals who didn't make the eligibility list. What's up with that? The letter states that whatever "gate" they were unsuccessful at passing, the principals could do it over again to finally get on the eligibility list!

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    I'd love to know how many Principals got that letter - how many failed eligibility process first time through. There is supposed to be a one year waiting period before retaking. This said, from what I do of the process, it actually appears to be pretty sound. If you can't pass it, you really shouldn't hold the keys to school.

  • In reply to eyeoncps:

    Please eyeoncps--get real, there are current interim principals who have failed to get on the list twice, serving as principals right now. Even one who falsified licensure documents! This process is there so that Huberman can appoint anyone he likes as a principal of a school no matter what is best for the students in the school.

  • In reply to eyeoncps:

    Know that not one judge, not one scorer, not one worker at OPPD is on this principals

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    good points - fair to say there is a mile between the process as defined by actual content of interviews, tests involved, and the actual use of the program. However, the pass rate was something like 25% the first round last year - if that means 75% of candidates who had gotten some crappy Type 75 somewhere but had no real knowledge of teaching and learning are now NOT on the eligibility list, isn't that a good thing? I'm not an advocate for OPPD, just have taught undder some *really* dim-witted Principals over the past 12 years in CPS. I like the 'theory' behind a more demanding process.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Retired Principal said: The current principal elgibility list process is a bunch of BS! Presently there are only 102 candidates on the list,only 7 are current sitting principals. CPS has sent out a second letter to about a dozen or so principals to start over from whatever "gate" they were unsuccessful at. Which principals received this second letter? Always remember, "the squeaky wheel, gets the oil", but do it politely. Huberman and company are only putting their people on the list (New Schools For New Leaders)! Huberman is putting interim principals into schools so that CPS can close, consolidate, turnaround or phased them out! If you are an interim principal, you only serve "at the whim of the CEO", therefore you can be removed for any reason at any time! CPS wants total control over all principals, that's why they are not speaking out. Those principals that can, will be retiring at the end of the year!

  • In reply to eyeoncps:

    Speaking the truth about Fenger and Frynd's horrible plan: http://www.substancenews.net/articles.php
    section=Article&page=1163#comments

  • In reply to eyeoncps:

    Don Frynd has no right to sit at the hearing and tell the community of Marshall HS that it will be turned around. The Marshall community must fight this tooth and nail. Where is the alderman? Frynd brought nothing but lies, death and destruction to his turnaround Fenger. He owes the Fenger community an apology and resignation for his death warrant upon students. Nothing moves without his misguided power. (Jones, a college prep, wanted him OUT and the LSC got their way!) Shame on Huberman for keeping him.

  • In reply to eyeoncps:

    A Fenger Staff Member Speaks:

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Political Shift Rolling On...

    Alderman Lyle testifies against 'turnaround' of Deneen; Alderman Dowell testifies against closing of Mollison
    http://www.substancenews.net/articles.php?page=1161§ion=Article

  • Yes, NLs does get big breaks and Erin Roche is real proof. Regular principals who have been removed/suspended from their schools, have nowhere near the amount of documented violations Roche has from Ravenswood. His warning resolution was a slap on the wrist by BoE; any other principal would have been removed or financially penalized. He was not even suspended. Maybe, on the lawsuit; first there could be a lawsuit by other principals who have been disciplined only to find that Roche got virtually no punishment, when other principals have been severely punished for very small issues in their schools-there could be a race or favoritism issue here. It will be up to CPAA and principals who have been vistim, to see if a lawsuit on this process will be warrented. OPPDs recent resending of letters to principals who did not pass this process, to try again at the 'gate,' may be a way of avoiding a lawsuit. (However, there may well be more lawyering against CAO11 Ortega due to her use of racial comments and racial motivated removals of principals.)
    Yes and No, The full-time staff of OPPD has very few who ever worked in a school. One worker is a former principal who was not able to stay at her school. The head has a Harvard MBA--which means she knows nothing of running a public school, and she has proven this, but you should see her salasy and office she gets! Those who judge in OPPD are retired principals who make great $$ over their pension, BUT have NEVER nad to get on this very list that they judge current and future principals on. There is NO ONE on the list who actually works there.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Yes, NLs does get big breaks and Erin Roche is real proof. Regular principals who have been removed/suspended from their schools, have nowhere near the amount of documented violations Roche has from Ravenswood. His warning resolution was a slap on the wrist by BoE; any other principal would have been removed or financially penalized. He was not even suspended. Maybe, on the lawsuit; first there could be a lawsuit by other principals who have been disciplined only to find that Roche got virtually no punishment, when other principals have been severely punished for very small issues in their schools-there could be a race or favoritism issue here. It will be up to CPAA and principals who have been vistim, to see if a lawsuit on this process will be warrented. OPPDs recent resending of letters to principals who did not pass this process, to try again at the 'gate,' may be a way of avoiding a lawsuit. (However, there may well be more lawyering against CAO11 Ortega due to her use of racial comments and racial motivated removals of principals.)
    Yes and No, The full-time staff of OPPD has very few who ever worked in a school. One worker is a former principal who was not able to stay at her school. The head has a Harvard MBA--which means she knows nothing of running a public school, and she has proven this, but you should see her salasy and office she gets! Those who judge in OPPD are retired principals who make great $$ over their pension, BUT have NEVER nad to get on this very list that they judge current and future principals on. There is NO ONE on the list who actually works there.

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