Archive for March 2013

Strike 2012 vs. Closings 2013

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On Chicago Newsroom, Ken Davis talks with Catalyst’s Sarah Karp and others about the differences between last summer’s strike and this week’s protests.  Via Zorn Change of Subject http://ow.ly/jzIGo  

Killing CPS To Save It?

Killing CPS To Save It?
There’s not much new news, but the question of the day seems to be whether CTU’s opposition to the proposed closings has gone too far — over the cliff, so to speak — or remains in the category of speaking truth to power (in which case pretty much anything goes, right?) My question for those... Read more »

Unhappy Teachers? Not So Much.

Unhappy Teachers? Not So Much.
Popular opinion has it that teachers are long-suffering, embattled, etc. — that there’s a “war” on them, making them unhappy, out of work, and (probably) taking it out on your kids in class. According to this NYT story, however, a Gallup poll finds that teachers’ sense of well-being is second only to doctors — and... Read more »
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All Over But The Shouting?

All Over But The Shouting?
Lots of coverage of yesterday's CTU protest downtown -- let's be honest, folks, that's mostly what it was -- including a fun if crazy idea from CTU president Karen Lewis about sending parents and children (and teachers?) to their old closed schools on the first day of school next year.  Seriously?  There's also some reaction from Emanuel about the accusation that the closings are racist -- though the NPR story this morning quotes a South Side alderman pointing out that CPS overbuilt built in black neighborhoods to maintain school segregation. Scroll to the bottom for coverage of what happens next, which includes hearings, some possible adjustments to the list, and -- fingers crossed-- some signs of CPS improving academically.  If that doesn't happen, there should be another protest -- equally divided between the headquarters of CPS and CTU...

School Reform Roundtable

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The best parts of this WTTW segment for me were host Elizabeth Brackett weighing in on how strange it is that CPS has promised not to use closed CPS buildings for charters, DFER IL’s Angela Rudolph predicting that the protests to come from vested interest will make past protests look like child’s play, and the... Read more »

If You See Anyone Reading This Blog...

If You See Anyone Reading This Blog...
New gardens and more Safe Passage patrols announced.  What a stupid memo from CPS to principals -- just handing more fuel to CTU (protest today).  Lots of impassioned back and forth over the closings.  Where were you a decade ago? Some ideas about what happens next -- or could, at least.  ...
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Watch: "180 Days"

Watch: "180 Days"
Last night on PBS there was a Ford Foundation-funded documentary about a small DC high school graduating its first class of seniors, and if you missed it you can watch it here. Part Two is on tonight — along with the Tavis Smiley show about zero tolerance and the school-to-prison pipeline. Watch 180 Days :... Read more »

Protest-Happy CTU

Protest-Happy CTU
So there was a student protest yesterday — aided by the union — and there’s a protest scheduled for tomorrow that’s definitely a union thing. All this despite the fact that CTU knows (admits to DNAI) that it likely won’t change the outcome very much. But it’s fun and easy beating up on CPS and... Read more »

Reactions Roundup

Reactions Roundup
Today's education news includes Emanuel's response to the school closing announcement -- as well as Arne Duncan's, Stand for Children's, and the Trib and Sun Times editorial pages' -- plus a return to the debate over what should happen to the buildings that are going to be emptied, and an update on the coalition that's running to unseat current CTU president Karen Lewis et al.  ...
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Wendy, Jesse, & Barbara on WTTW

Wendy, Jesse, & Barbara on WTTW
Wendy Katten and Jesse Sharkey were on WTTW last night, along with a taped interview with Byrd-Bennett. Check them all out below.  Learn anything new?  Think anyone did better than the other?  @sethlavin wrote last night he thought Kattan did really well and — reluctantly — that Byrd-Bennett was good on TV even if you... Read more »