Archive for October 2012

CPS's "Private" Public Meetings

Yesterday's Board meeting included the approval of the revised budget, the official signoff on the hiring of Barbara Byrd-Bennett, and the revelation from Catalyst that CPS was holding private public meetings about closings and consolidations...

Don't Ruin Jones Prep

The plan for the new Jones Prep is shaping up for next year, with what some are describing as a massive attendance zone (Grand to 26th, west to Ashland) and a cutoff for programs that will exclude neighborhood kids and could reduce the school's much-admired racial and economic diversity...

Englewood Montessori Opens

It's a Board meeting day.  There's lots of coverage about school closings and new charters, plus a lawsuit and lots more. But my favorite story is about the Montessori charter in Englewood that's just opened -- the long-running effort of Rita Nolan and others from Near North Montessori to open a charter (originally slated for Avondale in 2009 and rejected at the last minute under Huberman).  Scroll down for the Board meeting agenda (in a previous post).  ...
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Reformy Candidates

Stand for Children IL, one of several new-ish education advocacy groups operating in the state, has endorsed 26 candidates for office in the upcoming election, including some whose names you may know better than I do:  Edward Acevedo – HD 2, Daniel Biss – SD 9, John Bradley – HD 117, Fred Crespo – HD 44, Tom Demmer –... Read more »

CPS Teacher Wins Dance-Off

This is silly but people keep sending it to me, so:  Faced with a youthful challenger in the cafeteria after school, Whitney Young teacher John Fanning responded with his own moves.  Video below.  ...

October Board Meeting!

There's some education news, but not much, in the papers today, so let's talk about the GAP alternative high school in the funeral home and look at tomorrow's Board meeting...
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Added IBs, Unclear Re-Hirings

The big news of late is the new IB classes being proposed for five CPS high schools and the uncertainty surrounding the rehire provisions in the contract. More to come, I hope.  How's it going to your / your kid's school...

Divided At Lincoln ES

Last week's blog post about the effort by the LSC at Lincoln Elementary to push for an annex expansion as part of the Children's Memorial Hospital redevelopment generated a lot of readers and comments -- about Lincoln Park, race, equity, and other core issues.  You can see it here.  Now, here's some more about the divisions among Lincoln Elementary School parents and the Lincoln Park community, via a reader email below. ...

Friday Morning News

Chicago gets $27 million in school improvement grants WBEZ:  The school improvement grants, or SIG grants, go to Chicago Vocational Career Academy (CVCA), Roberto Clemente Community Academy, Bowen Environmental Studies High School, Bogan High School and Al Raby High School. CPS promotes allergy awareness Chicago Tribune: Chicago Public Schools is simultaneously increasing its awareness of the dangers of severe... Read more »
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No Waiver For Illinois

With yesterday's approval of Idaho, Illinois is the last state whose application for an NCLB waiver hasn't been approved by the USDE. Thirty four states plus DC have them -- though some states with waivers are getting heat for setting different goals for students by race, income, etc.  Oh, and there were some hearings about the budget that nobody knew about.  Parents are suing CPS.  Highland Park is coming off strike.  New Trier might start charging activity fees...