Archive for February 2013

Video: Closer Look At Skyway

ScreenHunter_08 Feb. 28 11.24Click below to watch WTTW's segment on the utilization / closing debate surrounding schools in the Skyway Network including Powell. I don't think that anyone imagines all 10 of the Skyway schools on the list are going to be closed -- but as long as they're on the list it's still possible. Video below.  Link here...

Charter School Surprise!

120917_cartoon_062_a16829_p465So the Board is getting tough on low performing charters, and charters are whining about being surprised by changing policies and surprise announcements.  Welcome to the club, charters!  In other news: special ed finally gets some attention (from Catalyst), the First Lady is in town to talk about obesity and nutrition, someone named Paulette Poncelet has moved from Pittsburgh public schools to CPS...

Emanuel In LA

Where's Mayor Emanuel?  Why, he's at an education summit in LA where he's being billed as one of the nation's 'education mayors' (along with LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Newark's Cory Booker). I don't think anyone's made any news there, but you can follow along via LA School Report (here)...
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February Board Meeting

Today's news includes a little more about the universal preschool plan -- some teachers have been complaining about the impact on space and other programs -- plus the usual tidbits about charters, closings, CTU, and teachers (49 NBCs this year).  It's a half day for students on all tracks, according to the CPS website, and also time for the monthly school board meeting.  There's a newish CPS BOE website you might not have seen. Advance registration to speak at the meeting is closed.  Here's the official agenda.  ...

I See Conflicts Of Interest, Everywhere

Fist-of-Money-1Uh-oh?  Chicagoist has a story about a [low-level] CPS employee working to create a new charter school in the Pershing network.  And Catalyst notes a Substance article about a [presumably part-time and very lucrative] coaching contract Byrd-Bennett has with the Broad Foundation [whose head is a major Democratic fundraiser and considered by some to be the Darth Vader of school reform]. Also: More news about how CPS is going to pay for and roll out the full-day Kindergarten plan. There's also a new sex ed program in the works, complete with information about sexual orientation...

Harper, SIG, & Emanuel

If you haven’t checked it out, you can listen to Part Two of the Harper High School story here. Or, you can read the transcript here. Or you can donate to the school here. It’s not all about street gangs and violence this time — it’s also about SIG Turnaround funding, and Cheerios, and chocolate milk.  There’s... Read more »
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Duncan, First Lady Coming To Town

ScreenHunter_02 Feb. 25 10.23On Thursday, Secretary Duncan and First Lady Michelle Obama will be in town to kick off a healthy kids effort -- along with pro athletes like Serena Williams and Colin Kaepernick. But already last week, the First Lady did a funny bit with Jimmy Fallon called The Evolution of Mom Dancing.  You can watch it below. Like her husband's education policies or not, you have to admit that the FLOTUS has done an impressive job pushing the exercise and healthy eating for the last four years. Now if only she could convince Duncan to put on a wig and cardigan and dance around...

Full-Day Kindergarten For Everyone

news2010Full-day Kindergarten is going citywide.  Roughly 30 percent of kids who applied for selective enrollment high schools got a spot.  School closings and consolidations will be a challenge considering neighborhood rivalries and the need to find higher-performing placements for students who are moving. Plus charters, and CTU, and school safety...

Most Dangerous School Isn't Harper*

WBEZ_Education_600x600__2_ What are the new rules of gang life for Chicago students?  How many gangs are there? How many CPS students were killed last year -- and already this year? Which high school is most dangerous (not necessarily on campus but for students going to and from school)? It's not Harper, the school profiled in This American Life.  But Harper isn't far from the top. *See below for some corrections and clarifications provided by WBEZ's Lutton. I was trying to shed light and bring attention to the issue in my own bloggy way, not trying to throw shade on the Harper story or confuse matters.  But that's exactly what I seem to have done...
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UNO Chided, Charters To Be Closed

chicago-streetviewToday's news includes a strong Tribune editorial about UNO (based on Sun Times reporting!), as well as news about two proposed charter school closings.  There's also a story about why some teachers are dissatisfied this year after the successful CTU strike, some low poll ratings for Emanuel, and a RYH benefit event...