Archive for October 2010

Do Private Schools Breed Less Tolerant Kids?

I went to private schools all the way through but always wished I’d done at least a stint at a public school (my parents tried Alcott with my older sister but that didn’t work out very well).  Even as a kid I thought that it would make me a better more well rounded person (as... Read more »

Elsewhere: News From Around The USA

Some news and commentary from around the rest of the country that might pique your interest (or possibly enrage):The Education of Ms. Barsallo 5280 Magazine (Denver)$9M For Teachers’ Cosmetic Workz47 City Schools May Close Over Performance NYTA promise to help struggling students APStandards for Teacher ‘Residency’ Programs Teacher BeatAccreditation at risk for Atlanta schools AJC Baltimore Tentative Contract,... Read more »

Weekend Open Thread: What's On Your Mind?

The week was full of posts about Whittier, departing Huberman staffers, the race for governor, school violence, and all the rest, but there’s probably something ELSE that’s on your mind that’s going on at your school or in your organization. This is the place for any and all of that — concerns about programs, good... Read more »
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Turnarounds: Checking In At Sherman

Remember Sherman Elementary, the district’s first turnaround?  Sure you do.  Well now Maureen Kelleher checks in at the school in an EdWeek article (registration required) and tells us that things are better but still not great and debunks a few myths along the way about Sherman and turnarounds in general.  Three things I’d love to... Read more »

Magnets: Blue Ribbon Panel Presentation

Thanks to readers who tipped us off that this is out and asked us what we think: // Blue Ribbon Community Forum presentation –

State Scores Released - Do You Care?

 It’s hard to take any of this seriously, given the disarray at the Board and downstate, the news that the IL tests have been made so much easier over the years, and the rules of NCLB which don’t all make sense, but here’s the Sun Times’ big package on the 2010 test scores: Posh schools make... Read more »
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AM News: New Scores Coming Out Today

Meanwhile: Ill. groups that backed Kirk endorsing Giannoulias: Ken Swanson, president of the Illinois Education Association, says Kirk hasn’t been consistent in his support. His comments were echoed by representatives from Planned Parenthood and the Sierra Club….6-week Whittier Elementary School sit-in ends ABC7: In the letter, Huberman agreed the century-old field house will not be torn... Read more »

Culture Of Calm: [Former] Harlan High Student Killed

Thanks to a reader for making sure that we all saw the horrible news about a [former] Harlan high school student shot and killed (outside school):  Here, here, here, here.  Anyone know anything more about what happened, or how things have been going at Harlan? Have things been brewing there, or is this nothing that... Read more »

What Happened At The October Board Meeting

Here’s a roundup of news coverage of the event, though if you were there or watched or listened to the audio (below) or have some additional information I’m sure there’s more to be told. Board passes over school expansion request Chicago Journal:  The Chicago Board of Education Wednesday held its regular monthly meeting without reviewing... Read more »
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AM News: Achievement Gaps Remain At Top IL Schools

Even top schools struggle under ‘No Child’ law Tribune:  New Trier, among the state’s best schools by virtually any measure, posted some of its highest scores ever on the college-entrance ACT test, which comprises half of the Prairie State Achievement Exam given to juniors. But the performance of a small group of students, those with... Read more »