Piccolo Supporters Want To Do It Themselves

Today's news includes an attempt to implement a homegrown turnaround at Piccolo, a human interest story about Jabari Parker, a Tribune editorial about teacher evaluations.  What else?  That can't be everything.  I think you're holding out on me.

Teacher report cards Tribune:  For years, Chicago Public Schools principals followed a Lake Wobegon standard when evaluating teachers. Virtually every teacher was above average. Only .3 percent — yes, there's a decimal point in front of the 3 — were rated as unsatisfactory.

CPS Reading Scores Up Slightly Fox Chicago:  National test results released Wednesday show that CPS scores have gone up slightly from seven years ago.

Charter schools' screening Tribune:  Andrew Broy, president of Illinois Network of Charter Schools, complains that charter school and Chicago Public School progress are being unfairly compared because selective enrollment schools that screen for performance prior to admission are included in...

High School Dropout Rates  WTTW:  A new study has taken a closer look at the individual and societal costs of dropping out.

Piccolo supporters say CPS is blocking a real school turnaround CMW: With the new conduct policy– which aims at reducing suspensions and increasing parent involvement with behavioral issues — “decorum in the school has improved a lot,” said one school staff member.  “It’s quieter.  There are not as many disrupting incidents.”

The Prayerful Young Man Can Also Nail a Jumper CNC/NYT: Jabari made his school's eighth-grade team as a fourth-grader, but because Chicago Public Schools could not yet insure him, he did not suit up until the fifth grade.

Proposal would up fines by $3,000 for having guns or drugs near schools  Sun Times:  The City Council’s Public Safety Committee approved an ordinance that would impose a new $3,000 fine against anyone convicted of gang loitering, narcotics-related loitering or weapons violations within 500 feet of a school ...



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