Today's news includes more info about the charter-district compact (noting that not all charters in the compact districts in other cities are participating), news that at least three CPS charters are being revamped or closed down, and that other districts aren't joining CPS in extending the day.
CPS to Sign Gates Foundation Charter Deal CNC: After Tuesday’s announcement, 12 school districts nationwide will have signed the compacts. It is not yet clear what impact the deals have had in cities that signed on when they were introduced in December 2010.
Charter schools now under the microscope Tribune: CPS officials say the district has never revoked a charter's license. But a day after the state released the charter school data, Brizard announced CPS had begun the revocation process for two struggling charters he wouldn't name. He said CPS also was partnering with a third charter network, Chicago International Charter Schools, to overhaul that network's poor performing Basil elementary school on the South Side.
Some Indiana lawmakers work on restoring cursive writing back in schools WBEZ: Some Indiana state lawmakers want to make sure schools still teach cursive writing. Indiana had approved new standards this year that excluded mandatory cursive instruction in the classroom.
City Sticker Design Contest Chicago Tonight: Nearly 240 high school students from 44 Chicago high schools submitted designs to this year’s contest – and now there are just 10 finalists.
Raising the bar: New teacher, principal evaluations on the horizon for Illinois schools Ottaw Times: Steve Johnson, president of the Ottawa Township High School Education Association, said the state model is incredibly complex. It consists of much more than a checklist but requires documentation, listing time and date, that specifically points out areas of praise or concern.
Suburban schools not following Chicago in quest for longer school day Chicago Daily Herald: While the debate over the length of the school day in the Chicago Public Schools continues to escalate, data produced by suburban high schools indicate that parents' resources and the way classroom time is used are equal.
School reform in the balance as talks begin on new Chicago teachers pact Crain's Chicago Business (blog): My column in the new issue of Crain's is on that very topic: just-begun negotiations betweenChicago Public Schools and CTU over a new contract that will set the limits of school reform. It's fair to say the two sides —- the union's and Mayor Rahm ...