Hearing Reports, CTU Lawsuit, Waivers

Hearing officer reports on the turnaround proposals are online -- but not for AUSL schools.  CTU filed an EEOC complaint over layoffs affecting black teachers.  The Consortium put out a big study showing ... mixed results.  All that and more in today's education news:

Not so fast. Hold off on Crane H.S. phase-out, hearing officer urges Sun Times:  No decision on the phase-out of Crane High School should be made until school district officials analyze a “well-thought-out’’ Crane-proposed plan for the school’s rejuvenation, an independent hearing officer has recommended.

Chicago Teachers Union accuses CPS of discriminating against African-American teachers Tribune: The Chicago Teachers Union filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Wednesday alleging that layoffs last summer targeted tenured African-American teachers who represent a third of the CPS teachers. SUN TIMESALSO: Teachers file EEOC layoff complaint

Study: CPS has some success turning around grammar schools, not high schools Sun Times: Researchers from the University of Chicago’s Consortium on Chicago School Research found that, after four years, “turned around’’ high schools did not perform differently than similar struggling high schools on at least two important indicators.

School Reform Efforts Show Mixed Results in Study CNC: The study did not reach any conclusions about which reform measures worked best, in part, Allensworth said, because “there aren’t enough schools in each of these reform models to make sweeping generalizations that one model worked better than another.”

Progress seen at city 'turnaround' schools Tribune: A study of Chicago's most aggressive efforts to reform failing schools, including replacing school leadership and staff in "turnaround" efforts, finds that targeted schools did improve even though students continued to score below district standards....

Turnaround study shows only small gains Catalyst:  But the study provides only a little evidence that the upheaval and financial investment in turnarounds is worth the substantial cost, estimated to be at least $20 million in the coming school year. That does not include millions more in capital spending on building renovations at these schools.

Ten states given No Child Left Behind waiver AP:  The only state that applied for the flexibility and did not get it, New Mexico, is working with the administration to get approval, a White House official told the AP.


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  • Where are the transition reports and hearing results for the proposed OSI turnarounds?

  • WBEZ also discussed the report Consortium's turnaround report on 848 this morning. Interesting about the change in student population. As in, there's a different group of students when the school goes charter, magnet, etc.

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    hopefully the corporate media start catching on that ed privatization is a scheme to steal public assets and not about ed reform

  • In reply to JohnKugler:

    Who is doing the stealing? Who gets the money that is being stolen? I hear this a lot, that privatization is about stealing money, but I'm unclear who is doing the stealing and who is taking the money.

  • The corporate media has already caught on – they’re the ones who have been delivering the ‘corporate’ message. Their job is to inform just enough to sell advertising space…

    Asking the corporate media to ‘catch on’ is like asking Lucifer to understand that what he has been doing is wrong.

  • Tempers flare, insults fly over Chicago public school closings - Chicago Sun-Times http://ow.ly/8YVyP

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    Amen bothers---black people against black people led by preachers! How great for rahm-all but 1 black ward voted for him.
    One LSC member, Tommy Anderson of Stagg Elementary, called the ministers “a bunch of liars” and “phony preachers.” He questioned how many of them had received Chicago Board of Education contracts and said, “I’m here to fight for my kids. I am not paid by CPS.”
    Responding to the mayhem, Rev. Ira Acree of the Greater St. John Bible Church told reporters:
    “See the results when you don’t educate people properly.”
    and deliver us from evil

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    Word is CPS staged the ministers press conference today, Alex. Question is how much money the pastors got from City Hall and CPS for showing up...

  • CTU lawsuits keep comming: http://www.ctunet.com/blog/media-advisory-ctu-parents-lsc-members-to-file-civil-rights-lawsuit-to-stop-cps-from-closings-turning-around-neighborhood-schools
    Just how much of the board's budget is spent on legal fees?

  • In reply to FrontRow:

    The thing that kills me: CPS legal fees come from our taxes. We're paying to fight ourselves (depending on which side you're on, of course).

  • Good Labor Beat Video: Shills and Cruel Jokes


  • Don Fraymd-turnaround guru makes a lot more money than $80K a year. George is right--it is a cruel joke CPS and mayor play on these disenfranchised people--Rahm puts these poor people at even more distance.
    do know that this crime is hapening a neighborhood schools too--CPS takes from them to give to magnets and charters too.
    Denoso on WTTW chicago tonight--an embarassment. She has no idea what she is talking about. My taxes pay for this! Is there someone she knows?

  • Donald Fraynd really is a sociopathic creep

    Public Town Hall Meetings Begin in February

    "The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is asking residents, cultural organizations and community groups for their input in developing the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan. The plan will deliver a set of recommendations to support the arts and artists throughout the city, as well as enhance economic growth and Chicago’s reputation as a global cultural destination."

    Are school people going to be involved?

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    Public engagement will play a key role. Town Hall meetings will be held in four locations beginning February 15 and continuing on February 16, 18 and 21. The following dates include the location and time of each town hall:

    Wednesday, February 15: Columbia College from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Thursday, February 16: Nicholas Senn High School from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Saturday, February 18: DuSable Museum from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, February 21: National Museum of Mexican Art from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    "To further the conversation and to allow an even greater role, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has launched an interactive website, www.chicagoculturalplan2012.com where Chicagoans can submit ideas and participate in the discussion. Additionally, neighborhood meetings will be held throughout the city this spring; details including time and place will be announced at a later date. The final plan will be unveiled in the fall."

  • there are some questions about the consortium's turnaround report that came out earlier this week, if you're interested:


  • The Consortium seems to have been corrupted and the future credibility of Marisa de la Torre, Elaine Allensworth, Sanja Jagesic, James Sebastian, Michael Salmonowicz, Coby Meyers and R. Dean Gerdeman, is now in question

  • Just African American layoffs?! Is that all?! CPS discriminates against African Americans and anybody, white black or any race/ethnicity who works to educate within the African American community! The CPS message is clear: if you’re black, look out! If you’re not black, but work with blacks, look out!

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