Today's news is the Mayor's new (but unfunded) arts education plan for CPS, Diane Ravitch's City Club speech, some tidbits on pensions (who gets blamed) and evaluations (in the NYT), plus charter schools in Rogers Park and a Track E scramble for substitutes.
The arts to get more emphasis under Emanuel school plan Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Public Schools would elevate the arts to the level of a “core subject” — with 120 minutes of dedicated weekly instruction for elementary students and “at least one certified, full-time employee” at every school, under a mayoral plan unveiled Monday.
Culture plan emphasizes arts in schools Chicago Tribune: In an emailed statement Monday, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis called the proposed 120-minute art requirement "an excellent start."
Poll: Most voters blame pols, not unions, for pension mess Chicago Tribune: Emanuel has pushed the cost-shift proposal, arguing that Chicago property tax payers already are responsible for the tab for pension benefits to retired Chicago Public Schoolsteachers.
Seeking Aid, School Districts Change Teacher Evaluations New York Times: Anger over the use of test results exploded during the strike by the Chicago Teachers' Union last month. But most of the new state policies also include a component based on classroom observations by principals, peers or outside evaluators. Advocates
Ex-U.S education official knocks school closings as ‘destabilizing’ Sun Times: Closings public schools to reopen new ones destroys communities and does nothing to better educate children, education historian and New York University professor Diane Ravitch told the City Club of Chicago Monday.
Ravitch criticizes school closings, charter expansion Catalyst: After the speech, Ravitch conceded that Chicago, where 86 percent of students are Latino or African-American, is a long way from being able to desegregate its schools. But, she suggested, high-quality, non-selective magnet schools – which presumably would select students by lottery – could attract more middle-class families to the system.
Expert: Can new CPS chief stand up to Emanuel? WBEZ: Ravitch served on the board of the Common Core with Byrd-Bennett and says she’s a smart woman who can be successful if she’s able to take on Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Ravitch Says CTU Strike Was Galvanizing Moment For Teachers Progress Illinois: Now a professor at New York University, Ravitch told reporters at the Chicago Teachers Union headquarters Monday that the strike gave “vicarious exhilaration” to teachers across the nation that were “beaten down” by evaluations based on standardized tests.
Two teen girls hit by vehicle after they leave Lane Tech High Sun Times: Two teen girls were injured — one critically — after being hit by a vehicle Monday night as they left Lane Tech High School on the North Side, officials said. The girls attend Whitney Young High School, police said.
Chicago Public Schools Shake-Up WTTW: After 17 months, Jean-Claude Brizard has stepped down as CEO of Chicago Public Schools. On Friday, the mayor announced Barbara Byrd-Bennett as his replacement. Who is the new head of CPS, and what obstacles does she face? Carol Marin and her guests have the latest.
What's Next for Jean-Claude Brizard? ChicagoMag: The outgoing CPS CEO once described the negative effect of “revolving door superintendencies” on school districts. The average, Brizard said, was 18 months. He lasted only 17. What's next for him?
Scramble for substitute teachers at CPS year-round 'Track E ... ABC7Chicago: In a statement from Chicago Public Schools tonight, officials say they understand the strike caused disruption to CPS students and that they are actively addressing the calendar issues, putting students first and trying to be fair to teachers.
Rogers Park Is Getting Organized [Against Charters]: School Tech Connect: I attended a local meeting on Sunday of a core group that's ready to stand up to the charter invasion up here. It's always encouraging to go to a meeting where other people are more versed in the issues than you are. We had people aware of the troubles up at the new UNO, and people aware of the Gulen connection at our other local charter.