Today's big story is the news that on Monday 82 Chicago principals were awarded bonuses from $5,000 to $20,000 for school improvement on various measures. Take a look at the list and the methodology and let us know what you think.
The Sun Times has lots of pictures and notes that this is part of a $5 million privately funded program created by Mayor Emanuel to promote leadership. Catalyst notes that the bonuses were harder for high poverty school principals to get.
Principal bonus disparities Catalyst:Principals at four schools – Chavez, Lowell, Keller Gifted and Lavizzo – received the highest bonus of $20,000 for improving in all four areas. Principals at schools with the most low-income students, and those at the most segregated high schools, were less likely to earn bonuses. Principals at schools with more white students were more likely to earn bonuses.
82 Chicago principals get up to $20,000 in merit bonuses Sun Times: Merit pay bonuses ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 apiece were awarded Monday to 82 Chicago Public School principals whose schools demonstrated “exceptional growth” in four key measurements of student success.
Mayor Emanuel and CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett Announce First Recipients ... eNews Park Forest: Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett today recognized 82 principals from across the district as the first recipients of principal performance pay, part of the groundbreaking Chicago Leadership Collaborative initiative.
Why some CPS schools must close Tribune (editorial): Chicago Public Schools officials must deliver to state lawmakers a list of schools slated to close at the end of this school year. The district will release its criteria for making those decisions this week.
Chicago schools need radical change Tribune: In 2011, fewer than 24 percent of Chicago Public Schools graduates were prepared to attend a four-year college, and only 1 in 7 African-American students tested college-ready.
Chicago Teachers Union Digs in Against Closure of Failing Schools Reason: Chicago Public Schools and Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office have remained mum about any school closure plans, but it's been widely reported that an estimated 100 low-performing and under-enrolled public schools could face closure in an effort to save ...
CLOSING BONUS COMBO
CPS gives principals bonuses, CTU launches school reform website ABC: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel gave 82 Chicago Public Schools principals merit pay bonuses, ranging from $5,000 to $20,000.
University of Chicago to waive application fees for CPS students Sun Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s push to convince the best and brightest Chicago Public School students to aim higher without regard to the cost of attending selective colleges got a boost Monday from a new partnership with the University of Chicago.
2 Investigators: Chicago Schools Flunk Food Inspections CBS: Rat droppings and other problems plague some cafeterias. Since 2011, 244 of Chicago's 681 schools failed at least one health inspection, CBS 2's Pam Zekman reports.
Picture via Sun Times