Media: CNC, WBEZ Focus On Turnarounds

ScreenHunter_17 Apr. 22 12.02 It's not fair of me to note the media fascination with turnarounds having just written a book about one but today's news includes two such stories:  School on Probation Faces a Struggle CNC:  The challenges faced by Polytech are common to hundreds of Chicago schools when they struggle to get off probation... Interactive Map: Where Chicago Schools are on Probation CNC:  On October 29, CPS placed approximately 53 percent of its neighborhood schools on probation for the 2010-11 school year... Turnaround school gets turned around again WBEZ:  Orr Academy's 2008 remake hasn't improved test scores. Now the private group that runs the school has brought in a new principal to crack down on student misbehavior.... .s it the intensity of the environment, the stakes, the drama?  Or is it the pure schadenfreude of watching highly touted efforts fail to do what traditional educators had failed to do?

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  • It's probably going to be a long summer for you.

    As far as efficiency ratings go, Article 39-2.1 of the CBA reads "Qualified administrators shall provide probationary appointed teachers with an annual summative evaluation no later than the end of the first full school week of March."

    If you haven't received that yet, then process can be grieved. If you have already received it, then you already know what your rating is for this school year. (If unsatisfactory, you should pack your bags before the last day of the school year.)

    That's the good news.

    The bad news is that you are much more likely to be laid-off than discharged for poor performance. For layoffs, there really is no date by which you have to be notified. (Your position can be cut up to the 20th day of school NEXT year if your school enrollment is low.)

    What you really have to worry about is economic layoffs. The Board is claiming a $720 million shortfall for the next school year (and the state is currently behind nearly $300 million for this school year).

    In the event of layoffs, you should be "let go" in reverse-seniority order (that is, last hired, first fired). Certification (endorsements and grade-level) matters, however, so it's not strictly by seniority. And to complicate matters, the Board doesn't have a formal policy for economic layoffs at this time (although a federal appeals court has just ordered them to write one).

  • Oops! It had to happen sooner or later, I suppose.

    I don't have a monopoly on the name *Danny*, although I have been commenting under that name on this site for about 3 years now.

    The above post is not mine (I am the teacher and delegate from Taft HS).

  • In reply to Danaidh:

    Danny, the same thing happened to me. I used to blog as Retired Principal and then someone else used it. That's why now I blog as The Retired Principal (RP)! For you maybe Danny from Taft or the Original Danny? Godd luck!

  • Go to

    http://www.cps.edu/About_CPS/Departments/Pages/ResearchEvaluationAndAccountability.aspx

    to see the ACT and PSAE data. There is plenty of data one can research. You do however need to know the start date of the turnaround. In order to make valid before and after comparisons.

    Rod Estvan

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