Sun-Times, Tribune, & CPS Teacher!

Sun-Times, Tribune, & CPS Teacher!

ChicagoSpaceOpenerToday's news includes national journalism awards for three Chicago education news outlets (Sun Times, Tribune, and CPS teacher Ray Salazar), plus a couple of school closing stories (about Lewis and Armstrong schools), and controversy at OPRF High School over the use of the term "colored people."  Anything else?  Let us know.  Image via Whet Moser (and NASA).


Chicago public schools teacher wins national education reporting award Ray Salazar:This blog, The White Rhino, won in the Best Blog Category. Other Chicago winners include: Opinion: Kate N. Grossman, Opinion Writing on Education in Chicago, Chicago Sun-Times Investigative Reporting: Gary Marx (and other reporters) Empty-desk epidemic, Chicago Tribune.

Chicago Public Media reporter Linda Lutton discusses her role in producing ... Isthmus Daily Page: Linda Lutton, an award-winning education reporter for Chicago Public Media station WBEZ, was one of three reporters who produced two recent episodes for This American Life (see parts one and two) about Chicago's Harper High School.


Why close Lewis when CPS is spending millions on renovations, advocates say Austin Weekly News:  Ziegler stressed the process is far from over, and there are "many other things" CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett will take into consideration before making final recommendations. Ziegler added that CPS encourages people to continue to express their concerns ...

Parents, teachers tout rising test scores to save Armstrong Austin Weekly News
Advocates for keeping Louis Armstrong Math and Science Elementary School open say the school's academic performance is on the rise, and it should be removed from Chicago Public Schools' list of possible school closings.


Emanuel: Use Chicago Casino Profits To Modernize Schools Chicagoist: Once again Emanuel has trumpeted a Chicago casino as a cure-all to the city's infrastructure ills.

America’s schools are in such disrepair that it would cost more than $270 billion just t
WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s schools are in such disrepair that it would cost more than $270 billion just to get elementary and secondary buildings back to their original conditions and twice that to get them up to date, a report released Tuesday estimated.


Principal apologizes for ‘offensive’ comments on race by speaker at assembly Sun Times: The two assemblies, part of anti-violence week activities, were conducted by representatives of Alexian Brothers for all students Monday. “In discussing Rosa Parks, one of the speakers, a person of color herself, referred to ‘colored people.’ I believe she meant to echo the language of the 1960s in a sarcastic way, but that point was lost,” Rouse wrote.

Out of Africa and into the Ivy League Tribune: Parents often flock to books dispensing advice about how to rear children who possess both the social skills to be well liked among their peers and the academic chops to make it to the Ivy League. Hyde Park residents Grayson Kachingwe and Donna...

Mayor Emanuel, City Officials and More Than 140 Leading Community and Civic Organizations Launch First-Ever Citywide Summer Learning Initiative CPS Press Release: Children To Earn Digital “Badges” For Completing Learning Activities Across the City

Video of Recent Webinar Tim Shanahan: My major concerns have to do with the costs of CCSS, which I suspect the states haven't really thought through, and the surprising lack of cooperative work among the states.

Is technology changing our lives too much? WBEZ: At one level, the increased pace and rate of change is a good thing. It forces us to be more agile, more responsive, more adaptable to an ever-evolving world. It opens us to more options and possibilities.

Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges of Chicago Join Electronic Transcript ... Campus Technology: Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) have decided to transition from traditional paper transcript exchanges to electronic transcript exchange services.


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  • Why do you all think these reporters or journalists got awards. Was it the CONTENT of their work? I see work rewarded that looks good to outsiders but is inaccurate or clueless. (Not commenting on these awardees, but in general.)

  • In reply to district299reader:

    here's the sun times on grossman:

  • Teachers' stories need to be heard Steve Zemelman has a new site for teachers via @catalystchicago

  • New Fordham study shows mixed quality of charter sectors in Cleveland, Denver, Indy, & Chicago.

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    Wow. A stunningly worthless study. Specific conclusions from gross statistics that only just begin to meaningfully describe student performance.
    I suppose the author delivered what was expected.

  • Even though I think Ray Salazar is pretty careful in his comments it is still impressive that he got the award while working as a full time teacher. Teaching is simply exhausting work and to do the amount of commentary that he does is impressive.

    In general its not fair to characterize Kate Grossman so much as a opinion writer on education, rather she is an opinion writer on Chicago politics. To the extent that public schools are part of the politics of Chicago she surely is an opinion writer. I think she understands city politics and she understands Mayor Emanuel's role in relation to CPS as part of politics. In that area she has insights, in terms of pedagogy and practical application of educational theory she has less insight.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    Thanks, Rod. I am careful with my words. I put a lot of thinking into what I write and how I write it. I think this thoughtfulness helps push the conversation where it needs to go.

    I'm grateful to be at a school where, despite the challenges and demands of teaching, I'm respected and motivated to write. It's because my students--in addition to almost every single student here--are dedicated, kind, funny, intelligent that I am motivated to keep writing. They, and all students, deserve better and I hope my blog can help continue conversations about what's best for students and what's manageable for teachers. Thanks for commenting.

  • In reply to Ray Salazar:

    I am always interested in tales from the front. Thanks, Ray!

  • Good for you Ray!!

  • In reply to rbusch:

    Thanks for the encouragement!

  • As far as a casino being the cure of all financial ills, maybe somebody ought to learn the law of diminishing returns.

    One of the justifications for a Chicago one was to take business away from the Hammond Casino, which was supposed to be the cure of all financial ills, except Hammond can't afford to run its bus system any more, even though casino money kept it going as long as it did.

  • Alexander, many thanks for including me in this post.

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