Archive for January 2013

Here Comes the New ISAT

Nobody but me seems all that interested or concerned about the new ISATs coming in early March, which are going to be measured more rigorously than in the past.  Are kids or parents going to freak out?  Again, I don't know.  But they might.  And CPS is beginning to prepare parents (and teachers and kids) for the tougher tests/test results....

An Arts Charter For Rogers Park?

Today's education news:  King College Prep student murder goes national.  School closures get civil rights challenge in DC. Arts-based Orange School presses on Rogers Park location after winning Board approval (Tim Furman does not approve!).  The switch to Google mail went smoothly because of communication, says CPS. ...

School Board Elections (In LA)

Some folks seem to think that an elected school board would make things better in Chicago, and while I understand the frustrations with the current system I'm pretty sure that the alternative isn't any better.  Read below for an updated overview of the situation in LA, where they still have an elected board.  ...
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More Charters, More Money

Today's education news:  There was a big charter school rally at Union Station, where parents and advocates called for more charters and more funding for them.  (Were you there?  Was it any fun?) Byrd-Bennett is bringing in a retired Marine to help with the school closing logistics.  A King College Prep student was shot and killed just a week after having been to see the Inauguration in DC...

Full-Day K In 1,000 Classrooms

Full-day kindergarten is taking off, according to the Tribune -- is this happening within CPS, too? Sort of: "Chicago Public Schools offers full-day kindergarten in some schools. Parents are not charged extra for the full-day program. As of December, CPS had more than 1,000 full-day classrooms, according to a spokeswoman." Plus: Closing hearings round two kicked off (tonight at Daley College).  Is CPS as broke as it says it is...

The Year Of Closings

Athletics for disabled students. Black History lessons (or the lack thereof).  Jones High School. Closings and consolidations (it never ends).  That's pretty much all the news I can find from over the weekend.  Anything else going on? Let us know. Right now it seems like the closings and consolidations are all that matter (at least to parents and teachers who might be affected).  I like to think that there are other things going on in and around CPS, too...
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Mayor May Ignore Commission

It may well be bad news, but no one should be particularly surprised that Mayor Emanuel might ignore the Commission's school closing recommendations -- not only because the recommendations may be very cautious but also because, well, that's what the Mayor does.  What a mess.  ...

Jan. Board Meeting News

There's lots of news today -- a handful of new school approvals/expansions (Jones, Orange, Foundations), plus a Crain's followup on UNO's fundraising prowess.  There's also news about the new tougher ISAT is coming (it's going to be ugly).  Not everyone's concerned about closings and approvals, however.  Some are beating the drum on overtesting. Others are concerned about sports, and coaches...

Real-Time Board Meeting News

Here are live-tweet updates from WBEZ, Catalyst, the Sun-Times, and others about the Board meeting that’s going on today. Click the headline and you’ll see them streaming by.
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Closing Recs As Few As 15?

Doubling Jones. Handful of Commission closing recommendations. High school graduation rate increase nationally. Board meeting. Anything else...