There's lots on the new CPS parent engagement booklet, and a little bit of followup on the Tribune truancy investigation, plus lots of meetings of various kinds. The item that jumps out to me is the Pantagraph editorial warning everyone about the coming ISAT cliff -- the newly ratcheted up test that's going to produce much lower scores.Basically things are winding down for the Thanksgiving holiday... unless we get some personnel announcements from Central Office (departures, arrivals) or some smidgen of news about the possibility of the delayed closings schedule.
Schooled by experts PURE: This morning I attended an excellent symposium on a variety of education issues presented by CReATE (Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformative Education), the nearly two-year-old group of 100 Chicago-area academic experts who have already created some excellent resources to help parents, community groups, students and others to better understand the truth about corporate school reform.
Bronzeville Parents Speak Out Against School Closings ChicagoTalks: They were disappointed with the way the Bronzeville Community Action Council formatted the discussion. That’s what they told the council’s chair and host for the night, Pastor Chris Harris, who attempted to diplomatically calm them down. Almost one-hundred attendees showed up to the Charles Hayes Center, 4859 S. Wabash.Most of the frustration was directed at Chicago Board of Education member, Dr. Mahalia Hines.
Districts, advocates request funding in next year's Illinois education budget WBEZ: Every year Illinois state education officials hold several hearings to get ideas from the public about what schools need from the state budget. The state board will release its final budget proposal in January, and Koch said they will continue to advocate to maintain education funding.
CPS Parents Encouraged to Attend EXPO 6.0 COS: Talk with Leaders From More Than 100 Elementary and High Schools
CPS chief says 'we absolutely have to take a look' at truancy Chicago Tribune: And Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett separately said: “We absolutely have to take a look at this.” She said that she already had a team working on solutions. “I want to know the data so we can move forward, so we can have a conversation ..."
Quinn, state lawmakers react to K-8 truancy crisis in CPS Chicago Tribune: For Chicago Public Schools, the empty desks undermine efforts to boost achievement and cost the district millions in attendance-based funding, the Tribune found.
Mayor Emanuel, CPS CEO Byrd-Bennett, Microsoft and United Way Announce ... eNews Park Forest: Mayor Emanuel today joined Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and representatives from Microsoft and United Way of Metropolitan Chicago (UWMC) to announce the opening of 12 new Parent Engagement Centers in CPS schools ...
CPS offers tips on boosting parent involvement Chicago Tribune: "This booklet shares effective strategies that principals right here in our city are using to see results, and we encourage all principals to take a look to see what might work for them in their schools," said the district's CEO, Barbara Byrd-Bennett ...
CPS Offers Another Incentive To Keep Parents Involved NBC Chicago (blog): After offering Walgreens gift cards to parents as an incentive to pick up their children's report cards last week, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced the opening of 12 parent engagement centers. In collaboration with ...
CPS Designs New Program, Hopes It Will Get Parents More Involved ABC: There's a new program in several Chicago Public Schools designed to get parents more involved in their children's education.
Education reform will be long, hard path in Illinois Pantagraph editorial: Educators have known for some time that the ISAT test is simply too easy. That’s going to change next spring and the results will shock some educators and many parents who have been misled into believing their students were doing well.
My View: Latino voting power can create better education reform CNN: Ray Salazar is a National Board Certified English teacher in the Chicago Public Schools. He writes about education and Latino issues on the White Rhino Blog.
Tim Cavanaugh on Unions vs. Democratic Mayors Reason (blog): Sure, the walkout by Chicago Teachers Union members caused havoc for kids. "But I've been to public school," Cavanaugh continues, "and I can tell you they didn't miss much." The strike's lasting damage was to the party that since at least the early ...