Archive for June 2010

LSCs: Who Should Be Galileo's Next Principal?

Thanks to a reader for sending along this Chicago Journal article about the disputed succession at Galileo, where a longtime AP (Ms. Miarak) has been declared ineligible leaving two relatively inexperienced outsiders as the remaining candidate.  The recent election for LSC was hotly contested, which also plays a role in the process (though I’m unsure... Read more »

CMSA Teachers Unionize

Word from the AFT is that the 54 teachers and counselors at CMSA have voted to unionize. Check out the full press release below.  Teachers at Chicago Math and Science Academy Form Union   CHICAGO–Teachers at the highly regarded Chicago Math and Science Academy notified school leaders Wednesday that they have organized into a union... Read more »

Video: Huberman Ducks Question About Firing Coaches

The most interesting thing to me about this video of John Kugler asking Ron Huberman about the fired literacy coaches is how unprepared and unsettled Huberman and his handlers seem to be to address questions such as these, which could (should?) have been asked by any mainstream reporter.   DailyKos posted the video here. Note... Read more »
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AM News: Reactions To Ratings-Based Layoff Proposal

Huberman moves to lay off ‘unsatisfactory’ teachers first Catalyst:  Under the new layoff plan, teachers who are under remediation, and those with job performance ratings of “unsatisfactory,” would be first to go. After that, layoffs would happen according to the seniority rules laid out in the teachers’ contract… Union blasts Chicago Public Schools’ tenure attack... Read more »

AM News: More Details On Student Safety Plan

Chicago to spend $25 million to fight school violence Sun Times:  The cornerstone is a $10 million mentoring program for 1,500 high-risk students at 13 high schools. Currently, 250 students get the special attention… CPS to Pay Local Groups $25 Million for Culture of Calm, Mentoring WBEZ:  Chicago Public Schools is pulling dozens of local... Read more »

CPS Virtual High School To Triple In Size

Lots of news these days about online credit recovery — computerized instruction offered on a flexible basis, with credits given based on mastery of the material rather than seat time or days on the calendar.  APEX and Aventa are some of the big names nationally.  The latter claims that 1,000 Chicago kids got their diplomas... Read more »
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Here Come The 2010 State Test Scores

The 2010 CPS ISAT test scores are being released this morning at 9:00 am by Huberman and Mayor Daley.  Probably not down to the individual school level.  Those will come later.  Big guess what the results are.  Mayor, Huberman to Announce New CPS ISAT Scores   WHO:  Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley             Chicago Public Schools Chief... Read more »

A Security Guard's Monologue

Here’s a short monologue from Nilaja Sun’s one woman play, No Child, in which a jaded West Indian security guard deals with kids and teachers coming through his metal detector checkpoint: Y’ ave pass ta leave. I said Do you have a pass to leave? Oh, you a teaching artist? Oh. Cuz you look like... Read more »

AM News: 54 Shot Over Father's Day Weekend

10 Dead, 44 Injured Gawker:  Fifty-four people were shot in Chicago between Friday night and Monday morning. Ten of the victims were killed, including two boys, between 16 and 20, who were found lying face down, naked, on the South Side early Monday morning… Student LSC candidate did not break campaigning rules: CPS Tribune:  The... Read more »
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"Best" Local High Schools

Every year, Newsweek ranks the country’s best high schools, based largely on AP and IB participation and performance, and every year people like or don’t like the list in large part on who’s on the list.  Here’s the 2010 version, which includes 50 area schools, from last week.  Via the Sun Times.  Via Mike Klonsky.... Read more »