Schools Make 2011 Best (& Worst) Lists

There were a few mentions for Chicago schools and those who help lead them among the roundups of 2011 best and worst lists that came out last week -- though not everyone agreed on which was which:

Sun-Times’ top 11 stories of 2011 Sun Times:  The rookie mayor faced fierce criticism from the Chicago Teachers Union, as he vowed to extend the school day, and heard loud, angry voices when he proposed consolidating 12 mental health clinics into six. But by year’s end, the rookie mayor’s $6.3 billion 2012 budget passed on a vote of 50-0 in the City Council, and he cut spending ever deeper than promised.

 

Winners and Losers of 2011 NBC:  By fighting Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s attempt to impose a longer school day without giving teachers a significant raise, Lewis became the only public figure in Chicago willing to stand up to the new mayor.

A Dreamer’s New Year’s Wishes CNC (Warren):  Let’s hope, too, he can put as many people to work as has Noemi Donoso, his chief education officer at Chicago Public Schools. Oops, sorry, she’s not putting them to work; she’s going through clerical workers and chiefs of staff like tissue paper.

Happy 2012 (I think)!

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  • In relation to CNC Mr. Warren's statement that reads: " Let’s hope, too, he can put as many people to work as has Noemi Donoso, his chief education officer at Chicago Public Schools. Oops, sorry, she’s not putting them to work; she’s going through clerical workers and chiefs of staff like tissue paper." Can we get a number on the turn over in Ms. Donoso's office?

    Rod Estvan

  • If Donoso only knew what she was doing. Overwhelmed is a minimum description. Other than being the poster child for teaching monolingual Spanish speaking students only English from the time they are in school (she has a doctorate,) she is clearly out of her league. Someone got smart and has kept her speaking to a minimum. She should have (maybe) headed the CPS charters, not all of CPS.
    For what purpose mayor Rahm was she needed? A reporter should ask her to demonstrate a common core lesson or about accomodations/modifications for any special ed students...

  • With the DEARTH of qualitative research supporting what are effective educational policies and practices that work for ELL students, administrators like Donoso, Cheatam and most Network Chiefs, continue to not support those policies. Why?

  • There are two reasons. 1. Money- CPS would much rather spend millions on failed "magic bullet" canned curriculums, packaged by politically connected publishers. 2. Job protection- Failing schools ensure the need for dozens of "managers" and suits to roam
    about the city and accomplish absolutely nothing of substantial value (See U of C. Study) while trying to "fix" the problem.

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