Union, AUSL, CPS Officials Talk Turnaround

That's AUSL's Jennifer Husbands, Gage High School's Xian Barrett, me, CTU's Jesse Sharkey, and CPS's Don Fraynd just before our Education Writers Association panel on the CPS experience with school turnaround efforts. I'd emailed with but never met any of them before, and it seemed like they might not have met face to face (or at least under such pleasant circumstances) either.   One of the most interesting parts for me was an exchange between Husbands and Sharkey in which Sharkey raised the issue of unfair resources being given to turnaround schools and Husbands pointed out that resources among CPS schools are already wildly uneven thanks to the single salary schedule (schools hire and keep teachers regardless of actual salary costs).  Another issue that came up and was new and interesting to me was the use of MOUs between unions and districts for schools going through turnarounds in other parts of the country (but not so far in CPS).   Last but not least, it was helpful for me to be reminded that while closures and turnarounds get all the attention there are in fact several "transformations" going on in CPS, in which teachers and principals stay put but get additional resources and PD.  Read more about the daylong conference at #ewasig or scan the tweets here. I'll see if I can get the panelists to weigh in or dig up a recording of the session.

 

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  • "Another issue that came up and was new and interesting to me was the use of MOUs between unions and districts for schools going through turnarounds in other parts of the country (but not so far in CPS). "

    I'm assuming you mean Memorandum of Understanding. If it was new and interesting to you, perhaps it would be to your readers as well. Elaboration?

  • In reply to Danaidh:

    Memorandum of Understanding are already used in in CPS. I signed a couple of them.

  • Not content to let Stand get all the attention, DFER IL's Rebecca Nieves calls out Jesse Jackson and other reform opponents in Chicago for their "apartheid remarks" http://ow.ly/9VZrH (from last week, obv, but still relevant)

  • This is an interesting sign of the times. The education writers put together a panel on turnarounds and 2/5 of the experts whose views they sought are members of CORE. www.coreteachers.com CORE is rising up again.

  • Barrett and Sharkey are both real teachers who have experience in real neighborhood schools. Fraynd, Husbands, and Knowles have extensive resumes, but most of their experience is as educrats. I could be wrong, but the only one who has actually taught is Fraynd and that was at a Catholic school for a few years- mere teacher tourism. His tenure as principal at Jones could not have provided him with any real knowledge of the plight of neighborhood schools.

    The "deciders" are not making wise or informed decisions. That shouldn't be a surprise given that the current Secretary of Education neither worked in or even attended a public school.

  • "Husbands pointed out that resources among CPS schools are already wildly uneven thanks to the single salary schedule (schools hire and keep teachers regardless of actual salary costs)"

    Which schools have the highest average salary / most experienced teachers? My guess is that successful schools have veteran staff and struggling schools have younger staff.

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