Archive for November 2013

Thanksgiving Getaway

Thanksgiving Getaway
I’m heading off for the holiday (along with everyone else). I’ll see you back on Monday, December 2. I’ll be checking Twitter and Facebook, and reading your comments here. Happy Thanksgiving / Hannukah, everyone!

Done Right, Merit Pay Works

Done Right, Merit Pay Works
Today's news: A new randomized multi-district study of merit pay shows it works when done right. CPS gets credit for its treatment of SPED students. Application deadlines for many schools are soon (December 13). There was a fire at LPHS in the science lab. New York City debates testing as it gets a new mayor.  Chilling details about the Newtown shooter, but no explanation why he targeted the school...

Which [Testing] Side Are You On?

Which [Testing] Side Are You On?
A week later and the hubbub surrounding Arne Duncan's comments about Common Core and standardized testing opponents are still blowing up the internet. Who cares about Iranian nuclear bombs or the Thanksgiving superstorm that's coming down the pike when parents, testing, and education are being debated? Most importantly, what do you think...
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Dyett, Passages, Vallas!

Dyett, Passages, Vallas!
Welcome back -- happy almost-Thanksgiving.  Today's news includes reporting from the press event in support of the "new" Dyett, questions about the proposed Passages High School charter (in Edgewater), plus parent training (Parents University) and parents protesting (against inBloom). National news at the bottom...

Weekend Open Comments (SIG, UPK)

Weekend Open Comments (SIG, UPK)
Here are two stories to get the weekend going -- though feel free to comment on anything you want -- about the benefits of preschool (focusing on Educare) and the impact of SIG (which has funded/changed a bunch of CPS schools).  Check it out, let us know what's on your mind...

Video: Fight At Lincoln

Video: Fight At Lincoln
Happy Friday. So there was a bit of a dustup at a meeting to debate the Lincoln Annex (and DNAI Info has video -- they're everywhere!). But the bigger news in the long run might be the union push against the looming pension deal, the news that Juarez is off probation, and the online gradebook that CPS is apparently (already?) going to use.  Elsewhere, lots of coverage of Philadelphia (via NPR) and NYC (via GothamSchools and WNYC)...
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How To Avoid Getting Expelled

How To Avoid Getting Expelled
There’s a book out now about how not to get arrested — a bunch of ideas from an ex cop — and reading about it made me wonder if there was a student version out there about how not to get pushed out of school?  We all know that lots of kids end up leaving... Read more »

Board Debates Lincoln Annex

Board Debates Lincoln Annex
The Lincoln Annex was the big topic out of yesterday's Board meeting (pictured). There are also rumors that Tim Cawley is out at CPS HQ and that Tribune reporter Joel Hood is in. Nationally, Arne Duncan is launching an effort to recruit high-GPA students into teaching...

Most Dangerous Walks

Most Dangerous Walks
Lots of Chicago kids (and teachers) have dangerous walks to school, but so do lots of kids (and teachers) in other parts of the world. Some of them are arguably even more dangerous.
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Lincoln Annex, Speeding Ticket Revenue

Lincoln Annex, Speeding Ticket Revenue
Happy Wednesday — not a ton of news coverage I can find just updates on Lincoln, an Oprah donation to Providence St. Mel, a Sun Times article about inBloom, and the like.  Nationally, there’s a new private school in one of Brooklyn’s poorest neighborhoods (and the new mayor may make charters pay rent). Oh, and... Read more »