The Tribune, WBEZ, and Catalyst all have stories related to Brizard's time spent with AUSL last week -- plus an interesting story about outsiders doing a review of CPS to help find ways to improve:
Brizard takes listening tour to turnaround schools Tribune: This year, AUSL's 10 turnaround elementary schools improved by an average of 8 percentage points on the state's standardized exams compared to last year, outpacing the district's average gain of 3.8 percentage points.
Outside experts put Chicago schools under microscope Tribune: A panel of education experts from across the country will delve deep into Chicago's public school system over the next two months, looking for weak links and hoping to offer the district's new leadership team advice on how to improve teaching and...
New CPS leadership likes its schools run by outside group WBEZ: The Academy for Urban School Leadership manages 19 Chicago public schools, 7 of them teacher "training academies." Emanuel wants more. by Linda Lutton Jul. 11, 2011 A homegrown non-profit is pushing its way onto center stage in Chicago's education
ISAT vs EXPLORE Catalyst:AUSL Executive Director Don Feinstein said he understands why Brizard is pushing for the higher standards, but that asking for increases in EXPLORE might be too much too soon.
Honor student was drunk, high at time of fatal crash Sun Times: A 16-year-old boy [from Urban Prep] drank vodka, smoked marijuana and took ecstasy before he stole a car and crashed into a 911 police dispatcher, killing her as he tried to elude officers, Cook County prosecutors said Monday.
Laid-Off Art Teachers Turn to Their Craft to Express Themselves NYT: Ms. Barge, 28, and other former Chicago art teachers have returned to creating art as a way of coping with the derailment of their teaching careers. [see image]
Quinn signs 3 education bills Sun Times: One bill requires Illinois school districts to teach all children about preventing violence and resolving conflicts. Another bill Quinn signed requires districts to put an emphasis on math and reading during summer school if students are two grade levels behind for two consecutive years.
Mayor Emanuel cuts government credit cards from 500 to 30Chicago Sun-Times: To guard against future abuses, only five credit cards will be issued to each of six agencies: the CTA, CHA, Park District, Chicago Public Schools, City Colleges and Public Building Commission. Their use will be confined to top executives,
Noted educator Collins brings strategies to NS TheChronicleHerald.ca: Later, frustrated by what she saw as a teacher in Chicago public schools, Collins used her pension to open Westside Preparatory. Her work was groundbreaking, but she shrugs off many of the supposed keys to education reform that are touted today. ...
Teen Unemployment Crisis: Victims of Minimum Wage or Old People Reader: The Wall Street Journal and the Chicago Tribune blame a recent minimum-wage hike for spiraling teen unemployment. One econ blogger has a different theory: are old folks pushing the young out of the labor market?
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