As readers here knew last night, Brizard abruptly reversed course and declared that TeacherFit results would be discretionary information for principals not make or break scores. This is either a welcome indication of flexibility on the part of Brizard's team or a worrisome show of course-changing. And other news:
CPS reverses course on controversial teacher applicant survey Sun Times: Chicago Public Schools officials Thursday did an abrupt about-face on implementing a controversial teacher-applicant test and said TeacherFit scores would no longer be used to automatically blacklist potential teachers.
CPS principals can hire teachers even if they failed controversial survey Tribune: Chicago Public Schools principals are no longer prohibited from hiring teachers who scored low on a preapplication screening.
A Program Looks Out For Youth Safety CNC: Chicago is participating in a nationwide program intended to increase awareness of the need for places where displaced young people can be safe.
State commission can now approve charters, too Fox: A new bill signed into law this week will allow charters to get approved by an alternative commission appointed by the State Board of Education, expanding that authority beyond just school districts. A new bill signed into law this week will allow...
School Dumps Thousands in Supplies Fox: At a time when Chicago Public Schools are struggling for money, residents might be surprised by what FOX Chicago News found in the dumpster behind one school on the Northwest Side.
College-going inches up from Chicago high schools Catalyst: Of 2010 graduates, 55.7 percent enrolled, up from 54.4 percent in 2009. Crane, Farragut, Harper and six other neighborhood high schools—which already had the district’s lowest college-going rates—went backwards in 2010.