Media: November Catalyst Is Out

image from www.catalyst-chicago.orgStill not good enough On the eve of a February meeting where the death knell was set to sound for five Chicago schools, CEO Ron Huberman granted Paderewski Elementary on the West Side an 11th-hour reprieve. What should be done with schools like Paderewski, with dwindling enrollment and little academic improvement?... New union, new day As City Hall and the school system wait for new leaders, an agressive new CTU is forging alliances with parents and community organizations to craft a reform agenda... Drama in their lives Chronic truancy and homelessness have soared, fueled by family and community instability. Schools can't solve these problems. Help must come from the outside... A holistic approach Getting at the root of school safety will take proven restorative justice strategies as a first line of defense against student misbehavior and violence. 

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  • Rebecca Harris at Catalyst authored an excellent article on restorative justice programs and CPS's on-again, off-again, no follow-through patterns. Read it. It's an amalgam of wasted time, money and effort.
    Aren't teachers, PSRPs and admin sick and tired of "yet another program" this month, this year?

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