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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