Today's news focuses on the press conference held by a coalition of parent groups and its spokesperson, a Drummond parent, who are concerned about the longer day. Am I correct in having the impression that this is mostly a North Side / white parent concern? White paper, white parents. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Everyone's entitled to an opinion, and in reality instructional needs vary among different communities. I'm sure lots of CPS teachers are with parents on this one, knowing that they are unlikely to get paid as much as they believe they deserve for the extra time they are almost certainly going to be teaching next year. Meantime, there's back and forth over evaluating teachers via student test scores, and a few other tidbits.
Parent groups: Data for longer school day doesn’t add up Sun Times: A coalition of 16 parent groups Monday demanded a meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel to go over the real research on a 7 1/2-hour school day, and not the “misinformation” they charged district officials with spreading.
Parents accuse CPS of ‘spin’ on longer day Catalyst: Outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office, members of Chicago Parents for Quality Education said that the current school day is too short but that the city’s proposal for a 7.5-hour day is too long
Parent Group Protests Longer School Day Fox: A small group of parents pushed back against CPS plans to keep kids in school longer.
Parent Groups Want Meeting With Mayor On Longer School Day CBS: Several parents groups are questioning how the Chicago Public Schools can lengthen the school day starting next fall, without solid plans on how to use the extra time, or enough money to pay for it.
CPS will lose good teachers Chicago Sun-Times: The Chicago Public Schools are risking a teachers' strike, true. More importantly, many great teachers who would have waited to retire have submitted their resignations. Many young teachers are rethinking the idea of working ...
What’s the best way to evaluate teachers? WBEZ: What do we know about what makes a good teacher, and what’s the best way to gauge a teacher’s skills? We’ll put those questions and more to Carnegie Institute for the Advancement of Teaching Senior Fellow Thomas Toch and Sara Ray Stoelinga from the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute.
Letters Tribune: Evaluating teachers The Tribune deserves a D-minus for your April 5 editorial on the new Chicago Public Schools' teacher evaluation plan. You commend CPS for making student standardized test score growth 25 percent of the evaluation but claim that 50...
Arts high school’s new home will be the old Malcolm X College Sun Times: The Chicago High School for the Arts will get a new home in 2015 — the old Malcolm X College — when the college moves into its new, $251 million home next door.
Hope aims high Catalyst: The Academy, which aims to be a model for the inclusion of students with special needs, lost a legal complaint filed by parents who accused Hope of failing to provide legally required special education services for their children, raising questions about whether the school can achieve its goal.