Emmet Kids Doing Well At DePriest

Emmet Kids Doing Well At DePriest

Seems like a slow news day, but here's what I've got so far: a 60-school neighborhood school fair tomorrow, a proposal to remove the state charter commission by an Aurora legislator, some CPS mural restoration, an update on "welcoming" schools (DePriest).  Oh, and Bridgeport is worried that Vallas won't be paying attention to the district now that he's Quinn's running mate.  Plus national news.

Chicago parents organize fair to promote neighborhood schools WBEZ: Saturday, more than 60 neighborhood elementary and high schools from across the city will showcase everything from beekeeping clubs to culinary programs at the fair, which will be held at Roberto Clemente Community Academy.

Board has concerns about Vallas' exit Connecticut Post: Departing Schools Superintendent Paul Vallas told the Board of Education on Tuesday night that his focus would be on the district, and not on running for lieutenant governor of Illinois, during the remainder of his tenure here.

Some Common-Core Opponents Mark Nov. 18 as Stay-Away-From-School Day EdWeek: Nov. 18 has been identified by some common-core opponents as an "opt out" day, while an Illinois senator has proposed delaying the standards in his state.

Proposed State Legislation Looks To Abolish Illinois Charter School Commission Progress IL: State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora) wants to take away the Illinois State Charter School Commission’s power to overrule local school boards if they reject proposals from charter firms trying to set up new schools in their districts.

Do TIFs Create More Jobs? New Study: “No” Chicagomag: ... to City Hall, as city council's progressive caucus tried to get a bill that would return surplus TIF funds to Chicago Public Schools out of the rules committee.

The Story Of One Welcoming School: A Work In Progress CBS Local: The school received about 124 students from the now-shuttered Emmet Elementary alone. In all, DePriest received about 200 new students this school year, bringing the student body up to about 730 kids, from 530.

CPS restores historic murals removed from closed schools ABC7Chicago: Some Chicago Public Schools students got a look at the extensive work that's being done to restore murals that have ...

A Chicago Public Schools student learns meaning of friendship ChicagoNow: There I am, sitting in the principal's office. The place I never thought I'd see myself in. As I sit there, I think to myself that it is just a dream and that my alarm should

Chicago Public Schools Eat What You Grow program to go national Medill Reports: A food-safety training manual piloted in Chicago Public Schools will serve as a national model for schools seeking to grow produce for their school cafeterias.

Study: More than race or poverty, social networks predict victims of fatal shootings in Chicago Sun Times: Race and poverty are not as important as a person’s social network in predicting whether he or she will become a victim of a fatal shooting in Chicago, Yale University sociologists found in a study released Thursday.

Ray Elementary Barely Avoids Drop To 'Low Performance' Ranking DNAI: Ray's principal said CPS could intervene if attendance doesn't rise to 97 percent from 95 percent.


Five Takeaways from the Education Department's NCLB Waiver About-Face PoliticsK12:  Whatever this 50-state strategy is that the department is touting to address teacher distribution, it should probably have some serious teeth in it given how upset civil rights groups are over this change of heart.

Sandy Hook parents' group hopes for gun dialogue USA Today: A group representing some of the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School victims is hoping to persuade a half-million people to sign on to a campaign aimed at uniting parents across the USA "despite all our differences, in our shared love for our children." The campaign, called Parent Together, aims to inspire "honest and open dialogue about solutions to gun violence," the group says.

E-cigarettes gain attention in schools amid rise in popularity Washington Post: The smoke was actually vapor, but for Casey B. Crouse, principal at the Silver Spring school, the episode was the first signal of what she would learn is a troubling teen trend nationally: An increasing number of students using electronic devices that simulate tobacco smoking.

Book: Private schools not as effective as some advocates suggest UofIllinois: Private and charter schools may not be as educationally effective as policymakers and school-choice advocates are leading Americans to believe, according to research by education professors Christopher and Sarah Lubienski. Their studies are explored in a new book, “The Public School Advantage: Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools.”

Teacher to plead no contest in lewd 'tasting game' AP: A former Los Angeles elementary school teacher has agreed to plead no contest to molestation charges involving more than 20 students....

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  • Possibly it's because I am 60 years old and I am so tired of reading summaries of research in the media that twist the results to fit a paradigm that I am writing this, but at any rate here we go. Alexander linked a story to his blog from the Chicago Sun Times that describes an article published in the American Journal of Public Health. The reporter Frank Main wrote the following lead to the story, "Race and poverty are not as important as a person’s social network in predicting whether he or she will become a victim of a fatal shooting in Chicago, Yale University sociologists found in a study released Thursday."

    Mr. Main goes on to inform his readers what the basis for this research was "Papachristos and co-author Christopher Wildeman examined killings from 2006 to 2011 in a 6-square-mile area with some of the city’s highest murder rates." Who lived in that 6-square mile area? Largely Black low income people, in fact the title of the article is " Network Exposure and Homicide Victimization in an African American Community."

    Mr. Main never in his review article gives the actual title of the article which is interesting. Papachristos and co-author Wildeman's sample consisted of a network of 3,718 high-risk individuals that was created by instances of co-offending. As far as I can tell the vast majority if not all of these individuals were Black.

    The primary conclusion of the authors was not that race and poverty are not as important as a person’s social network in predicting whether he or she will become a victim of a fatal shooting in Chicago as Mr Main stated but rather this: "Risk of homicide in urban areas is even more highly concentrated than previously thought. We found that most of the risk of gun violence was concentrated in networks of identifiable individuals. Understanding these networks may improve prediction of individual homicide victimization within disadvantaged communities." Let's also be clear here the networks the authors are discussing are largely gang related or drug crew networks. How many higher income individuals belong to those networks? To see an abstract of the actual article go to http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2013.301441?prevSearch=%5BContrib%3A+Papachristos%5D&searchHistoryKey=

    Rod Estvan

  • Anyone know how CPS is planning to "repurpose" Trumbull School?

  • CPS will likely turn it over to a private school or convert it into a contract school since these are technically not charters.

  • Trumbull is the home school for where I live in Andersonville. Given how hot our real estate market is right now CPS would have to be crazy not to sell off Trumbull for development. Even though we took a huge hit after 2008 in values the market is storming back and our home is now worth close to its pre-2008 value of close to $800,000 which boggles my mind since we paid only $72,000 for our home 32 years ago.

    If a charter or contract school opened in Trumbull the kids would have to be imported because there are very few Hispanic and Asian school aged kids left in the intake area. Most apartments have been converted to condos and the ones that are not like a three bedroom single bath unit on the next block are asking $1,800 a month without even one parking spot. Most lower or moderate income families have been priced out.

    The upper income families that can afford a home in this community would be interested in a gifted school or a private school, but to be honest their kids already have access to those opinions, but one within walking distance would be a nice perk to further push up real estate values.

    Rod Estvan

  • That closing is an interesting one. Couldn't figure it out as school seemed to have community backing and valid reasoning why it should stay open. They were all over the media. Legitimately not enough kids? Or another motive? time will tell...

  • In reply to reader82:

    Trumbull was in its vast majority a school composed of Hispanic students. There are very few of those families left or can afford to live in the intake area. My block was 32 years ago when we bought our home about 35% Hispanic and 30% Asian. Now there are only two Hispanic families left with children, and three Asian families with kids. The block is now about 70% white and there are far more dogs than there are children.

    Many Asian families have moved to the suburbs too because even if they did own homes how many could say no to making a 300% profit once the neighborhood got hot.

    Our gay, lesbian, and transgender residents for the most part do not have children. Most of these members of the community did not grow up in a city, but are in fact from suburban communities or smaller towns. When they look at a school like Trumbull it looks like an old fort with no green space, it's not a place many of these folks can relate to.

    As I said the families with high end single family homes have the right to school choice including private options. I don't think there was much actual support for the school even though the Andersonville chamber of commerce and politicians who had no children in the school claimed to want to keep it open.

    Rod Estvan

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