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.


Charter school parents form advocacy group Tribune: Charters already have backing from several advocacy groups, including Stand for Children, INCS and New Schools for Chicago. Advocacy training from those groups, as well as by charter network operators, got charter parents more involved and eventually led to the formation of Charter Parents United, according to Beth Purvis, CEO of Chicago International Charter School.

Insider Got Bigger Payout from Clout-Heavy Hispanic Group UNO Sun Times via CPS Chatter:  Weeks after Federico “Fred” d’Escoto stepped down from the board of the United Neighborhood Organization, his company, d’Escoto Inc., got its first check from the influential charter-school operator toward what now totals more than $1.8 million in state-funded payments.


Community, elected official say Key School should move to Douglass – not ... AustinTalks: Graham said parents feel completely ignored and don't think their opinions were considered when CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett proposed to close 54 schools, four of which are in Austin.

After school closings, here's what CPS needs to focus on Crain's Chicago Business: With the recent news that Chicago Public Schools is planning to close 54 schools, the city is embarking on an unprecedented effort to reallocate resources among its more than 680 schools. The district has framed this as a matter of resources. In the ...


Harper High boasts two Gates Millennium Scholars, despite school’s struggle with violence WBEZ: Deonte and Brittney will have tuition, room, and board paid for at the college of their choice. If they go to grad school in one of the disciplines Gates highlights, that will be paid for too—all the way through a doctoral degree. One thousand needy minority students are receiving the scholarship across the country this week; 54,000 applied.

Report defends Chicago's share fo state school money - Bloomington Pantagraph: As an example, Republicans say Chicago schools get 49 percent of a property tax cap adjustment but have just 18 percent of the students in the state. They also say Chicago gets 47 percent of poverty grant funding, but has 31 percent of the children in ...

Ex-Rapper Sister Souljah Now a Literary Icon to Legions of Chicago Fans
DNAinfo: Souljah, whose trip was sponsored by Johnson College Prep, a Chicago Public Schools charter at 6350 S. Stewart Ave., advocated for community-based literature classes in the inner-city.

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  • Chicago Charter School Teachers Push To Form Union « CBS Chicago

  • Charter School Teachers Join the Union | Labor Notes

  • Broader Bolder Alliance claims reading and math scores are down on TUDA since 2003 -- is that accurate? @chipubschools

  • At my high school, teachers were told to go to and input a roster verification, we have until May 7th. Our principal mentioned elementary teachers have already done this. I looked it up, it is a non-profit based in Columbus, Ohio. Sounds "reformy" especially since I hear VAM is involved. BFK formed in a partnership with the Ohio Business Roundtable in 2001, with a grant from the Battelle Memorial Institute according to Wikipedia(not technically a source but it didn't look like some union thugs with a bone to pick went on there and messed around with the info, hehe). Also here's a link for the Battelle Institutes political contributions etc:

  • In reply to corruptionok:

    I forgot to mention, any thoughts?

  • Secondary Employment under rule 503.1
    The first question that needs to be asked and answered about Celebrity Talent Promotions is a relatively simple one. Has Dr. Bennett filed Board’s Secondary Employment Approval Form and has the President of the Board approved Dr. Bennett's employment or contractual relationship with Celebrity Talent.
    If Dr. Bennett has not filed and does not have an approval for secondary employment does she have a written determination from the CPS Ethics Advisor that her relationship with Celebrity Talent does not require her to submit the Secondary Employment Approval Form?
    Honestly I am totally amazed that Dr. Bennett is doing keynote speeches for fees about educational issues while she is employed as CPS CEO.
    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Could this be covered by the waiver she obtained to continue with her Broad foundation work while she's doing the CPS CEO stint?

  • 'Republicans say Chicago schools get 49 percent of a property tax cap adjustment but have just 18 percent of the students in the state--'
    Chicago buys the majority Lottery Tickets--give us that money-bet not.

  • Editorial: Kids, don’t take part in CPS test boycott - Chicago Sun-Times


  • Thanks (not really) for posting the link to the Andrew Broy op-ed masquerading as an actual article from Crain's Chicago. Interesting to note that Sir Broy continues to tout the 19,000 student charter wait list number that has been thoroughly and unequivocally discredited in local media. These folks have no shame and yet we trust their judgement in who should operate our schools.

  • I stand corrected - it appears the Crain's link is nearly a month old, and was published before the wait list imbroglio got underway. (If only the ed. reform crowd could admit when they are wrong, and on most things, they are.)

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