CPS Touts Record Grad Rate

CPS Touts Record Grad Rate

CPS says that the graduation rate is up to 63 percent.  Schools on (or off) the closings lists are making preparations.  The Trib editorial page has some advice for UNO on how to deal with CTU.  Transgendered students create challenges (and opportunities) for schools used to clear boy/girl labels.


Chicago Public Schools says this year's high school graduation rate likely 63 pct The Republic: CHICAGO — The head of Chicago Public Schools says the district's high school graduation rate is on track to be 63 percent this school year. CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the figure on Tuesday morning.

CPS graduation rate to set new record ABC7: Chicago Public Schools students are on track to set the highest high school graduation rate ever for the district, according to new CPS figures released.


How to save UNO Chicago Tribune (editorial page): We hope UNO avoids the path of last fall's acrimonious CTU negotiation with the Chicago Public Schools, which produced the first teachers strike in 25 years. The result: a CPS-CTU contract that runs more than 200 pages...


CPS vows to keep tabs on all 12,700 kids sent to new schools due to closings Sun Times: In last year’s round of closings at Chicago Public Schools, more than 400 children were displaced from four elementary schools, and the district wasn’t able to say where some ended up. Chicago Public Schools says this year, as it moves nearly 13,000 children from a record number of schools approved this week to close, it will track all its displaced students to see where they land, how they fare in their new school, and what the influx means for the new school.

Mayor, CPS Chief Discuss Next Steps In Closings Plan NBC: Brennaman principal Sarah Abedelal says the process is already under way to make the transition easier for kids going to a new school -- from current students acting as ambassadors to the new students, to providing additional professional development for teachers.

9-year-old CPS student wows crowds Tribune: The reed-thin boy with big ears and gap teeth shot to celebrity last week when a video of him speaking passionately on behalf of his school went viral on YouTube. As of Friday night, the three-minute clip had been viewed 153,000 times, by people as far away as China and Australia.

Sunny news for staff, parents at schools taken off closing list Chicago Sun-Times: As the Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday, Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett is expected to withdraw her recommendations to shutter Garvey, at 10309 S. Morgan in the Washington Heights neighborhood, and three other schools when ...


Senate schedules showdown for dueling concealed carry plans Chicago Tribune: The plan for a showdown on gun bills comes with four days until adjournment and top issues unresolved, including gambling expansion, state government worker pension reform and efforts by Chicago Public Schools to curb city teacher pension costs.

Patti Eckert spent 34 years teaching at the same Cicero school — in the same room Sun Times:  Patti Eckert is retiring after 34 years as a teacher in west suburban Cicero. The 55-year-old spent all of those years at one school. Not so unusual. But she also spent all of those years in one room. That’s unusual.

Highland Park teacher quits via YouTube Tribune: A dozen parents of Highland Park grade school students voiced anger and disappointment at a board meeting Thursday night as they demanded answers and protested the involuntary transfer of three teachers to new schools next year.

'Boy or Girl?' Gender a new challenge for schools AP: From the time they are born, we put our boys in blue beanies and our girls in pink ones. It's a societal norm, an expectation even, that you just are what you are born — a boy or a girl.

Talk Tiers with OAE Weds May 29 6pm at Portage Park Auditorium cpsobsessed: Alderman Cullerton of the 38th Ward is hosting a get-together with local parents and OAE for an informational meeting about the Tier System follow by questions and answers.   He is facilitating and the special OAE guest is Kathryn Ellis. 



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  • Maybe Alexander to clarify something with CPS. The district is stating its 5-year graduation rate this year will be 63%. But the ISBE district report card for 2012 listed the CPS 5-year graduation rate as 75.6% (see http://webprod.isbe.net/ereportcard/publicsite/getReport.aspx?year=2012&code=150162990_e.pdf),

    I know CPS and ISBE use different data methods. What is the expected graduation rate using the ISBE 5-year method? Lastly if Alexander could find out what would the CPS graduation rate be if charter school students were taken out of the pool?

    Rod Estvan

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