Gates Teacher Evaluation Study

Today's news summary in sentence fragments:  Gates report on teacher evaluation methods.  Walton Foundation funding for charters.  Waukegan teacher.  LaSalle principal. Common Core! Pearson, ugh.  What'm I missing?

Gates-funded teacher evaluation study sheds light on Chicago system Catalyst: CPS’ plan bears some similarities, but doesn’t fit the model exactly. Teachers this year will have 75 percent to 90 percent of their evaluations determined by observations of teacher practice. The percentage of evaluations tied to student growth will be 10 to 25 percent, but will increase to up to 30 percent for some teachers in the 2014-2015 school year, then to 35 and perhaps 40 percent in subsequent years. The percentage will include district-designed “performance tasks” as well as standardized tests.

New 'common core' standards will raise benchmark bar Tribune:  In the past few years, Illinois and most states have put in place the new "common core" standards for what students should know and be able to accomplish.

Foundation gives record amount to new schools in Chicago WBEZ: Privately run charter schools in Chicago are benefitting from a record gift, even as Chicago Public School officials develop plans to shut down traditional schools.

Chicago largest recipient of Walton Family Foundation money for charter schools Sun Times:  The Walton Family Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Wal-Mart’s founder, gave more money to Chicago to start new charter schools last year than it did to any other city —­ $3.8 million. That brings the total donated to Chicago schools to $22.8 million since 1997 by the largest private funder of charter school startups. The foundation sees “high quality public charters” as a way to empower parents.

Waukegan teacher breathes new life into history lessons Tribune: Joshua Bill's students at Waukegan High School have pondered the contradiction of Thomas Jefferson owning slaves while boldly writing that "all men are created equal" in the Declaration of Independence.

After hazing, one high school's story WBEZ:  Ten years ago, another suburban Chicago high school saw a tradition take a turn for the worse—prompting many of the same questions. WBEZ’s Becky Vevea spoke with school leaders at Glenbrook North High School about how they’ve worked to rebuild.

Search, Learn and Compare at the CharterSCALE! New Schools Chicago: Designed with families in mind, you can use our new website, the CharterSCALE, to learn about Chicago’s charter schools, see how they’re performing, and compare them to other public schools! Visit the site today at

Pearson Is So Dirty Tim Furman: Let me see if I have this right. The criminal enterprises known as Pearson and Harcourt recruited totally amoral CPS administrators to collude in a large pay-to-play scheme designed to capture federal and state taxpayer money. The scheme involved selling testing products to increase the misery index of our city's public school kids and to provide a cudgel with which to beat up teachers. And the current CEO, B3, is an alumnus of this fetid swamp.

Tape of CTU President Karen Lewis draws fire from right Sun Times: An “off with their heads” joke caught on videotape by the boisterous president of the Chicago Teachers Union referring to robber barons is sparking criticism from the right.

'Rock Star' Principal Resigns to Launch New Charter High Schools DNAI: Surprised parents expressed well wishes for LaSalle II's Suzanne Velasquez-Sheehy.



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  • Karen Lewis happens to know her history. Is there something wrong with that? Maybe the "right" doesn't want that part of history taught either.

  • alex, do you have Karen Lewis's entire speech? If so, will you please post it?

  • When ever someone is labelled a "rock star" they usually turn out to be more like the dude from Limp Bizkit than say, Hendrix. "Rock star principals" are often times highly over rated.

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