It's Only Been A Week

Today's news is mostly the same as yesterday's -- more debate about a longer day (downtown and at Agassiz), condemnation of the Mayor for being hot-tempered and of CTU for being disorganized.  Oh, and a kid got nearly killed on his way home from school.  What a way to start high school (and the year).

School council in Lakeview debates longer school day Tribune: Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard have promised $150000 in discretionary money for schools ready to start a longer day this month and a $1250 bonus for each of those teachers.

CTU surveys Chicagoans on teachers and longer school day Tribune: About 70 percent agree with a longer school day but believe Chicago Public Schools teachers should be paid more for the additional instriction time.

Union raises an offer for a longer day without more teacher work time Tribune: CTU spokeswoman Stephanie Gadlin said union researchers are still making some tweaks to the proposal.

Confused teachers' union steamrollered by City Hall Tribune: Although teachers at Agassiz Elementary School in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood have already said they oppose a longer school day, the local school council held an emergency meeting on Wednesday night to discuss the issue with parents.

7th CPS school approves longer class day Tribune: On Tuesday, two more Chicago schools approved a longer school day for this year. By a narrow margin of 51 percent, teachers at Nash Elementary School, 4837 W. Erie St., voted in favor of a longer school day Tuesday afternoon.

Drop the drama and get to work on longer school day Sun Times: Unfortunately, the reality is that about half of the Chicago Public Schools students do not graduate from high school.

CPS' code of conduct should apply to the mayor Austin Weekly: I haven't seen many people comment on the fact that during a meeting about the Chicago Public Schools, Mayor Rahm demonstrated his lack of oratory skills.

High School Freshman Brutally Attacked After Studying In Logan Square Huffington Post: Brian DeLeon, a freshman at Phoenix Marine Academy, had been studying with his girlfriend Tuesday night and was walking in the 2900 block of West Bloomingdale Avenue when he was hit in the head with a "bat or a sledgehammer."

Businessman Robert Runcie chosen as Broward's new school superintendent Sun Sentinel:  During his tenure, Runcie said he developed technology to monitor and prevent grade changing and tampering and started a GPS system to provide real-time tracking of bus drivers.

State SAT scores up, but does it matter? Tribune:  Average SAT scores in Illinois increased across all subjects for the class of 2011, but the improved scores could be due to fewer graduates taking the test.



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  • Why no mention of Runcie leaving, all the outside consultants working pro bono (right....), how the new team is doing, who's leaving next?

  • from CPS:

    John J. Audubon Elementary School and Northside College Prep High School – have been named as 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

    either got an extended schedule?

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    How can they be Blue Ribbon? They barely have any low income students. I thought that was an award for excellence in achievement with a high population of low income students?

  • Don't know. But, both are heavily white.

  • More important than race/ethnicity is income level. Both Northside and Audubon have relatively low levels of low income students. And, of course, Northside is a selective enrollment school.

  • "If Substance readers have the time, we noticed on August 24 that the editors of WBEZ has apparently dumped the monthly show "Cheat Sheet" from their programming. You might want to give them a call or email about that. "Cheat Sheet" was broadcast on "848", the WBEZ morning show, on the day after each meeting of the Chicago Board of Education, but for some reason the WBEZ brass dumped it during the summer. Given the extraordinary things that have already been done to the city's credibility and to the schools during the four meetings of the Chicago Board of Education that have been held since Rahm Emanuel's "team" (under Jean-Claude Brizard) took over in June, it's sad that the amount of news and informed commentary is being restricted by "public" broadcasting in Chicago. We expect such censorship from WTTW (public TV in Chicago has been controlled by guys like venture capitalist Martin Koldyke of "AUSL" fame for more ethan ten years), but WBEZ seemed to be trying to provide news and intelligent commentary, at least a little bit. " - From (

  • Audobon is 51% white; Northside 38% (down from 51% in the early 2000s). Both have miniscule African American enrollments but large hispanic and asian enrollments.

    Not sure if 38% at northside constitutes "heavily" as it seems about right based on city demographics. The Asian enrollment of 32% is incredible though.

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    "city demographics" or "CPS student demographics" --- The two are quite different.

  • two schools have officially turned the waiver down, and blogger/teacher ray salazar reflects on what the union's role is/should be when it comes to protecting bad teachers

  • Ag School news from the Beverly Review neighborhood newspaper: While answering questions after his presentation, [Rep. Bill] Cunningham touched on a bill he co-sponsored with state Sen. Ed Maloney (D-18th) to increase enrollment at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS). The bill would increase enrollment at the school from 600 students to 720 while also expanding the number of slots allotted to local students. Currently, 40 percent of the enrollment positions for the freshman class at CHSAS is reserved for local students; that number would increase to 50 percent under the bill, Cunningham said.

    An increased enrollment cap would also offer more slots available for special-needs students, Cunningham said.

    “We’re looking for more educational opportunities at the high school level for special-ed students in our community, who now have to get on buses and travel across the city for certain educational opportunities,” Cunningham said. “If we can increase the school’s capacity, there are all sorts of funding formulas and other programming opportunities that we can tap for special-ed kids. We feel that we will be able to offer more opportunities to people who live in our community to make sure their kids can get into a program right here in the neighborhood. One of the many things that’s great about [CHSAS] is it’s very conducive to special education because there are so many hands-on learning experiences.”

  • From the Trib: Schools are honored because of their academic gains, especially in student achievement and in closing the gap among minority and disadvantaged students. Northside, 5501 N. Kedzie, and Audubon, 3500 N. Hoyne, will be honored at a ceremony later this year in Washington D.C. Altogether, 305 schools across the nation got the honor this year.

    "Recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School provides a great example of the kind of school we want to bring to every neighborhood in Chicago, to ensure that every student has access to world-class education," said CEO of Chicago Public Schools Jean-Claude Brizard in a press release.

    Other CPS schools named as Blue Ribbon winners in prior years include Leland Elementary School in 2004, Jones College Prep High School in 2006, Greeley Elementary School in 2007, Black Magnet School in 2008, Payton College Prep High School in 2008, Whitney Young High School in 2009 and Jackson Magnet Language Academy in 2010...

  • More from the Trib: Blue Ribbon "Schools are selected based on the high performance of their students—regardless of background--on state assessment tests. The department of education is looking for schools with at least 40 percent of students from disadvantaged backgrounds whose scores are improved to high levels."

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