Archive for April 2013

Concept Charter Zoning Agenda

Concept Charter Zoning Agenda
The Payton-Brooks kerfluffle has been resolved (check out CPS Chatter's sharp commentary on the situation), the closings/hearings are continuing as scheduled, Golden Apple did its thing, and Concept Charter School is back on the zoning meeting agenda from which it was previously missing...

Brooks Vs. Payton

Brooks Vs. Payton
Today's education news includes a flareup over school safety between Brooks College Prep and Payton College Prep, plus more closings stories (they never end!) including tidbits about a key hire with political connections and a Critical Mass stand on closings.  Anything else?  Let us know...

Clout List, Revealed

Clout List, Revealed
Today's news includes a redacted version of the Duncan clout list, a slightly reduced set of tests for some students, some charter setbacks for UNO and Concept. ...
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Dueling Board Mtg. Protests

Dueling Board Mtg. Protests
Today's news includes Board meeting coverage (including some interesting votes by Carlos Azcoitia and dueling protesters), more about closings, and some news about school bus cameras from downstate.  Anything else?  Do we know how many kids opted out of testing yesterday...

"Dear Ira Glass"

"Dear Ira Glass"
Here’s a letter written by a disappointed Chicago high school teacher named DJ Cashmere (@cashmeredaniel) to This American Life’s Ira Glass about the coverage of Harper High School in two recent shows: “While I understand that you were interested in investigating the impact of violence on Harper, I was still stunned that education and learning were... Read more »

Opt-Out Wednesday?

Opt-Out Wednesday?
Today's education news includes the opt-out protest (which the Sun-Times opines against), some charter news about Concept, an unverified description of the closings process from CPS Chatter, and news that four CPS schools ranked at the top of the USNews annual rankings...
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White House Science Fair

White House Science Fair
Just for a little break, here’s a video clip from the White House Science Fair 2013 — were there any Chicago kids there this year? Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Charter Parents Create Group

Charter Parents Create Group
Today's education news includes coverage of a new charter parent advocacy group, as well as new UNO tidbits, plus a couple of closings stories, and updates about Harper High kids and Sister Souljah (remember here?).  Anything else?  Let us know...

Goin' Back To Marshfield

Goin' Back To Marshfield
Whatever happened to The Marshfield Tattler, a 2006-2009 Chicago blog written by a self-described “white chick who bought a house in Back of the Yards” and was trying to be “more constructive than just another gentrifier”? According to this Epilogue, posted roughly three years after the site basically stopped updating, some of the main characters from... Read more »
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Monday News Roundup

Monday News Roundup
A mish-mosh of education stories to start the day - perhaps more will show up later. Topics include closings, what to do with empty school buildings, test taking protests, UNO, a Meeks editorial, and a Zorn essay. Oh, there's an interview with Henry Bienen on what it's like to serve on the Board.  More to come.  Let us know if you see anything interesting or good. ...