Archive for September 2013

"Stop Blaming," Say Charter Parents

"Stop Blaming," Say Charter Parents
Charter school parents got some love from CPS last night, and said they didn't want to be blamed for others' failings any longer.  Magic Johnson (a millionaire from out of town) broke down in tears at an alternative high school event. More...

Rating New Teacher Evaluations

Rating New Teacher Evaluations
Today's big news includes coverage of the new teacher evaluation plan, which gets mixed reviews and has so far produced no great changes in teacher ratings. (What do you think?) Plus, more about the TIF building upgrades. ...

New Schools / Easier Ratings

New Schools / Easier Ratings
Two notable stories of the day include the new school construction announced on Monday and the new (easier) ratings that ISBE adopted to make schools look better...
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UNO Resignations Mar School Opening

UNO Resignations Mar School Opening
Two of the new UNO Board members resigned on Friday, and the new UNO Soccer Academy building is being unveiled today. ...

Friday CPS News Roundup

Friday CPS News Roundup
Recent crime incidents near Dulles School of Excellence Sun Times: Use this map to see some of the crime incidents within a half mile radius of Dulles that took place from August 23 to September 5th, including a murder which has school officials concerned about possible retaliation. Gun violence prompts South Side school to rush students out after... Read more »

Hand Fans For The Heat

Hand Fans For The Heat
Updated: CPS handed out personal fans to students for the heat Sun Times: The Chicago Public Schools has a solution to help kids deal with the terrible heat: 36,000 tiny portable fans. And a first-grader who used one of the fans ended up with a haircut. Construction delays push back opening of charter campus Tribune: Construction delays at a... Read more »
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Mayor & Union Head Back In Touch

Mayor & Union Head Back In Touch
Emanuel and Lewis back in touch after two years (and Lewis was recently ill, according to the Sun Times). Budget cuts and staffing changes.  New ISAT results statewide show lower results based on newer standards. EMANUEL AND LEWIS Year after strike, mayor offers CTU president olive branch Sun Times: The seven-day strike by Chicago Public School... Read more »

Strike Vote Anniversary Pro/Con?

Strike Vote Anniversary Pro/Con?
So the Chicago Teachers Union went on strike a year ago, and lots has happened since then.  Kenzo Shibata's blog post about the strike anniversary (Reflections on the Anniversary of the Chicago Teachers Strike) makes me wonder whether those of you out there who work in the schools, or send your kids to them, or are otherwise involved think the strike was a good and productive thing, however difficult, or whether it was a disappointment of some kind in terms of changing the basic trajectory of things at CPS...

Scorching September

Scorching September
Chicago weather prompts school closings as heat blankets area ABC7: Chicago Public Schools students do have classes Tuesday. The school district says it has a heat plan in place to keep kids in non-air-conditioned classes cool. Money, jobs on the line as CPS takes official student head count Sun Times: This year, enrollment numbers are cemented on the... Read more »
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Big CPS Attendance Day

Big CPS Attendance Day
Hi, everyone, and welcome back.  Hope the week goes well. So CPS is counting today's attendance (but ISBE and the feds aren't).  And not many folks here agreed with me about CPS Safe Passage stories.  CPSObsessed asks about full-day pre-K (how's it going?).  More to come in comments and on twitter (@district299)...