$20M Contract Scrutinized

$20M Contract Scrutinized

$20 million no-bid contract raises questions about Supes Academy Catalyst: The contract with Wilmette-based Supes Academy is by far the largest no-bid contract awarded in at least the past three years, according to a Catalyst Chicago analysis of board documents. In addition, CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett worked for the company as a coach up until the time she came on board at CPS as a consultant.

Back to the blackboard Tribune (editorial): Illinois has failed to earn a waiver because the feds want the state to move faster to install teacher evaluation systems tied to student academic growth. The feds won't take any excuses for Illinois' failure. Good for them.

Should Teach for America pack its bags? Tribune (Zorn): Of the 110 corps members working in CPS at the end of last school year (now considered second-year corps members), seven were laid off in the latest round of cuts, O’Neill said. TFA doesn’t yet know how many first-year corps members will be hired for the next school year, but O’Neill said she expects the number to be the same as usual, which is a little more than 100.

Back-to-school budgeting with CPS Chicago Public Fools: CPS has also discovered another $82 million to fortify the newest layer in its already top-heavy administration, the Office of Portfolio. For FY 2012 CPS set aside $6 million for this office, and now has been clever enough to be able to bump it up to $88 million! How did they do it? And furthermore, what is it? Here's what the CPS website says:

CPS starving its schools to justify privatization Sun Times (Timothy Meegan): On Wednesday July 24, I was physically removed from a Chicago Board of Education meeting after I waited four hours to speak for two minutes. I timed it at two minutes and five seconds, but I was not allowed to finish. While board member Henry Bienen nodded off, I tried to say what I had to say:


Fewer Layoffs Than Expected, But Sequestration Still 'Heartbreaking' PoliticsK12: It is nearly August and students around the country are starting their back-to-school shopping. Most school districts have finished their budgets for the 2013-14 school year—and there still aren't many stories of massive layoffs or even major programmatic cuts due to the sequestration.

D.C. students reach new heights in annual standardized tests Washington Post: Students in the District’s traditional public schools scored higher than ever before on the city’s annual math and reading tests this year, and they also posted the largest single-year gain since 2008, according to results released Tuesday by Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D).

Review, Resignation Urged in Ind. Grading Flap ABC News: Ind. school grading case sparks calls for review, education chief's resignation in Florida.

Elite Colleges Differ on How They Aid Poor NYT: As colleges profess a growing commitment to recruiting poor students, a comparison of low-income enrollment shows wide disparities among the most competitive private institutions.

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  • Headache299
    Concerning the CPS twenty million no-bid contract,
    Sarah Karp does a great job on WBEZ’s Afternoon Shift at

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