Ravenswood Principal Flees

Ravenswood Principal Flees

Hi, all -- today's education news includes a couple of recent stories about the Ravenswood principal who quit to go to Iowa, the injunction tomorrow, the TFA event over the weekend (sponsored by CTU and others, I hadn't known), and the inevitable expansion of Urban Prep to other cities. 


Ravenswood Principal Resigns Amid 'Stress, Turmoil' At CPS CBS2 Chicago: But she also wrote that in a letter to community there were other reasons, such as “the stress of the constant turmoil that has plagued ChicagoPublic Schools.” Pressed for more detail, the former principal said: “When you lose funding it's never an ...

Ravenswood Elementary Principal Resigns, Cites 'Constant Turmoil' in CPS DNAI: Principal Heather Connolly announced she has taken a job with a school district in Iowa.
Chopin Elementary Principal Leaving for Las Vegas DNAI: Principal Michelle Garcia-Jones has resigned from Chopin Elementary School, a CPS official confirmed.
Be at the Injunction Hearing to Stop School Closings July 16 – 19th CTU: If you have anything you would like to share in opposition to the school closings, or believe you have information as to why the closings are harmful to special education students, racist or otherwise improper, please call:


Is Teach For America a Good Thing for Chicago Public Schools?  Gapers Block: Here in Chicago, the program has come under criticism from the Chicago Teachers Union, community members, and even TFA alumni, who say TFA's rapid push to expand has betrayed its founding ideals.

Teach For America alumni organize ‘resistance’ CMW:  CTU is a sponsor, along with Northeastern Illinois University, the University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program, the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Education, and a number of national groups, including the Alliance for Education Justice, Rethinking Schools, and the Brown University Department of Education.

Chicago teens find 'preppy' sports offer different kind of athletic deliverance Chicago Tribune: "They have the opportunity to build social capital, and that's a really critical thing," said David Kay of METROsquash, a program that trainsChicago Public Schools students in the hallmark sport of Wall Street.

Urban Prep Preparing for National Expansion DNAI: he school network with a 100 percent college acceptance rate could open in New Orleans, Gary, Ind.
Report: Youth prison in Chicago has inadequate teacher staffing WBEZ: The educational staffing at the Illinois youth prison in Chicago is “grossly deficient,” according to a report released this week.
Federal judge sides with Elgin schools in lawsuit Belleville News Democrat: A federal judge has ruled Elgin Area School District U-46 did not discriminate against African-American and Hispanic students when it redrew school boundaries in 2004.


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    Per CTU, CPS delayed sending off layoff notices today, will wait till Friday July 19, 2013. CPS is waiting to see what happens in the lawsuit hearing this week. These were layoff notices in addition to the previous ones.

  • clarification from UEI: "while UChicago UTEP was a sponsor of the national Free Minds, Free People conference that was held in Chicago this past week, we were not specific sponsors of any particular session (or related content) --TFA related or otherwise, that took place during the conference."

  • Does anyone know the number of administrators who have left CPS for other systems in the past two years?

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Another principal is leaving ANL network to move to Portland.

  • How's that Teacher Quality Pool going for fired teachers?

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