Today's news includes the blockbuster revelation that Jamika Rose is no longer going to run community engagement. You may recall first hearing about her last summer (see here). Obviously there were issues, but there's no news on her replacement and I'm not sure that having the position vacant helps anyone though it might be satisfying for those frustrated with her work. Bring back James Deanes?
Community engagement specialist for CPS resigns amid turmoil Tribune: Rose was criticized both inside and outside CPS for not working closely enough with parents and the community to calm concerns. Some characterized her as aloof and unfit for the position. Others simply said her efforts were not enough to overcome the turbulent times.
State overrides local school board, orders charter school opened in North Chicago WBEZ: Illinois’s top school official has overruled the local school board in suburban North Chicago and ordered a charter school be opened there.
Cops called to St. Scholastica Academy 1 day after school closing announced Chicago News Report: Just one day after a North Side, Chicago Catholic high school made the decision to close its doors forever - cops were called to keep the peace.
West Side parents fight ‘education apartheid’ CMS: A successful neighborhood school on the West Side is fighting “disinvestment” while a failing charter nearby gets millions of dollars worth of renovations, parents charge.
Direct Instruction Is Killing Us School Tech Connect: There's a time and a place for everything, including direct instruction. I don't really know any successful person whose only skill is the ability to work collaboratively.
What Kind of Sauce? School Tech Connect: Suddenly everything's a secret sauce. Google "secret sauce education" and see what you get. Nobody ever goes into the high-scoring suburban schools looking for a secret sauce, even though the streets are paved with secret sauce in these communities.
Remarkable Woman: Dorene Wiese Chicago Tribune: There aren't any teachers in the Chicago Public Schools who are role models for our children. So we have the lowest college completion rate and the highest high school dropout rate in America.