What's going on with CPS's new performance levels? Stevenson and Brentano are up, but Lakeview is down. Also -- Catholic school enrollment is up ( a smidge). Thanks, CPS and CTU. Plus books, libraries, charter expansion, and more throughout the day.
Stevenson School Scores Soar Southwest News-Herald: “We were expecting to lose three or four teachers this year, due to enrollment numbers, but Dr. Barbara Byrd- Bennett (CEO of Chicago Public Schools) gave us a pass this year,” said Konopasek.
What Do Levels Mean? CPS Obsessed: CPS just reassigned levels to each CPS school. From what I’ve read, some have gone up (news for celebration, as Senn, Amunden, and Roosevelt have shown improvement) as well as Brentano elem, which parents are working together to support. Lake View High School has been downgraded to Level 3, which comes as a surprise.
City numbers push area Catholic grade school enrollment up Sun Times: The number of kids going to Chicago area Catholic elementary schools inched up this year for the first time since 1965 — and turmoil within Chicago Public Schools may have helped fuel the increase. Reversing a long-standing trend, the Archdiocese enrolled 99 more children this school year over last, for a total of 60,629 in Chicago, suburban Cook County and Lake County.
Catholic enrollment up amid CPS turmoil SouthtownStar: Turmoil within Chicago Public Schools may have led to a historic growth in enrollment at area Catholic elementary schools this year for the first time since 1965, according to the Archdiocese of Chicago. Reversing a long-standing trend, ...
Murdered Chicago teen died with bus ticket out of town WBEZ: Last fall 17-year old Rodney Stewart knew he was in danger and that he needed to get out of Chicago. Stewart had a plan. He was going to move to Iowa, where he could live with two friends and where he had a lead on a job. He bought a ticket for a bus leaving Chicago on November 10, 2012. But in the early morning hours of November 8th, just two days before that bus would have left, Stewart was found face down in an alley in the 2600 block of West 83rd Street, shot in the back of the head. He died later that day.
Report links housing and school segregation, blames closings and choice Catalyst: The report breaks little new ground, given Chicago’s long-standing history as one of the most segregated cities in the country. However, the report aims to link the issues of school segregation, housing segregation and school quality, while taking aim at two focal points of the district’s reform efforts—school closings and the expansion of ‘choice.’
UTLA nixes LAUSD bid for $30M federal grant LA Daily News: For the second straight year, the Los Angeles Unified teachers' union refused to endorse the district's application for a prestigious federal grant, which officials said would have brought in $30 million to fund counselors and instructional coaches at high-needs middle schools.
Damon Takes the Stage, but Ravitch Wins the Applause LA School Report: When the actor Matt Damon stood before a capacity crowd inside the Cal State Northridge student union last night, he smiled sheepishly and said he wasn’t surprised to see so many star-struck supporters in attendance. After all, he said, he was introducing the education historian and anti-corporate reform activist Diane Ravitch.
I grew up near Roscoe & Halsted in the 1970s, left for college and moved back in 2000, started this blog in 2005 (first on my own, then with Catalyst, and now with ChicagoNow). My dad went to Senn. I went to Near North Montessori and Parker. Since 2006 I've been living in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn -- the Wicker Park of New York City. I have another education blog called This Week In Education that focuses on school reform trends at the national level.