The Sun Times reports on the testing-limits initiative. AP reports that states are trying to make 3rd grade a retention year for literacy. Chicago Magazine reports Penny Pritzker is going to get a Cabinet appointment, finally (who will replace her?). DNAI Info reports that Jones Prep kids got credit restored for Latin and other classes.
TOO MUCH TESTING?
CPS parents' petitions seek limits on testing Sun Times: As a group of public school parents petition to cut their children’s standardized tests, the Chicago Teachers Union denounced what they call “abusive” testing in Chicago Public Schools. Parents behind the website MoreThanAScoreChicago.org will circulate petitions near at least 36 public schools asking the Board of Education to limit testing and provide more details about the cost and stakes of the 22 tests now used in the district.
Mr. Stieber, Protests aren’t on the MAP Test! Gapersblock via CPS Chatter: “While I was teaching this lesson my students said things like, “Mr. Stieber you are going to get in trouble for teaching us this.” or “You made this lesson just for us?!” or “Mr. Stieber are you allowed to teach us this?” My goal was to help them to understand that while protests can seem fun, the point is to use mass protest only when working within the system fails to bring about the change they seek. In this case, the students wanted the building to be warmer or to wear long sleeve shirts over (not under, like the uniform policy dictates) their uniform polos”
Literacy By Third Grade A Renewed Priority For States AP: Retention policies were tried out in large city districts but in recent years have been scaled back or dropped in places like Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Los Angeles district spokeswoman Monica Carazo said her school system studied retention and determined that "research did not show it as an effective practice."
CLOSINGS CHARTERS ETC
CPS School Closure Meeting Sees Parents, Teachers, Aldermen Speak Out DNAI:Parents, teachers and activists filled a church gymnasium to talk about school closures.
Englewood Gresham School Closing Hearing Substance vis CPS Chatter: During the hearing, it was pointed out by one audience member that the location was better known locally as 740 63rd Street rather than “Halsted.” Coupled with the fact that this hearing was scheduled after the first day of the month she questioned CPS’s commitment to really seek the community’s input.
Local activists say CPS is not teaching enough black history to students<> WBEZ: Some local leaders are concerned about the lack of African American history education in Chicago Public Schools. Mattie Butler runs a community organization called Woodlawn East Community and Neighbors.
Congratulations Are In Order Tim Furman: I'd like to take this moment to congratulate all teachers who have made it into their fourth year of teaching. Already you have spent more time practicing the profession than Michelle Rhee did. I have admitted before on this blog that I myself was just as misinformed and arrogant as Ms. Rhee is after my third year of teaching.