Every once in a while I like to explain how this site works, where I get things to post, and how I decide what to include. It's pretty simple, really. The blog hasn't changed that much in terms of what I do and why I do it since I left town. I'm including some pictures for your entertainment. MORNING NEWS: In general, there's a news roundup every morning, based on a scan of the various mainstream and trade news outlets that are out there, with a quick summation at the top. For a look at these, check the link in the right column "Daily News Roundup." Items that are editorials or opeds are usually indicated as such (apologies for the occasional oversight.) There's usually an image for each post, though the images aren't always directly related to the day's news or even the topic of education.
AFTERNOON UPDATES: Then, later on in the day, as more news items appear via email or otherwise, I tweet items out at @district299 and copy and paste them in comments. They also appear in the right column.
BIG POST OF THE DAY: There's usually a second post every day, either on a theme or issue that seems timely and interesting. Yesterday's was the new state charter school commission. Today's is, well, this post. These vary widely in tone and substance.
WHAT ELSE? During the rest of the day, I write posts for my other blog, write freelance education articles, and work on longer projects (my second book, for example). I get an email each time someone posts a comment, and read it to make sure nobody's gone crazy. I spend a lot of time reading and writing, and talking on the telephone (call me!).
READER COMMENTS: The rest is up to you, dear readers. Comments, complaints, new items that I have missed. As you might have noticed, there are three main times when people post comments -- in the morning, right after school, and then before bed. You can find comments after each individual blog post and also top right on the page under "Recent Comments"
TAKING SIDES: I love education. I love Chicago. My goal is to find and share the best news coverage and commentary about Chicago schools that I can find, whether I agree with it or not, and to write commentary that makes you think. I'm not for one side or the other, at least not in any regular or consistent way. I'm against everyone -- CPS, City Hall, CTU -- pretty regularly; have a little patience - it'll be the other side's turn for me to mock or criticize them tomorrow. There's been absolutely no interference from Chicago Now or the Tribune.