Archive for December 2013

Happy Holidays, 2013!

Happy Holidays, 2013!
I’m off for the next few days, as many of you are as well. Ho, ho ho! Have a safe and pleasant holiday week.  If you feel like commenting, go ahead.  You can also probably find me on Twitter (@district299) or Facebook (at the District 299 page) if you want.

Chicago Ranks Right Where It Should (Right?)

Chicago Ranks Right Where It Should (Right?)
The Hechinger Report’s Jill Barshay notes that some big cities did better than others despite student poverty on the just-released test results showing how urban school districts compare to each other and to statewide averages. Generally, poverty and score rankings matched up. Chicago ranks 13th out of the 21 cities in its 4th grade math... Read more »

Friday CPS News Roundup

Friday CPS News Roundup
Happy Friday! There's not much education news today, though there was a big Safe Passage meeting last night and we're getting a few more bits of information about the Board meeting on Wednesday.  (There's an advocacy group report on charter costs that Progress IL and WBEZ picked up but I'm going to let you find that on your own this time.)  Elsewhere, the new mayor in New York City is going to try and get a tax rate increase to pay for universal preschool, and Texas is closing six charters for performance or financial sustainability reasons. ...
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Ames, Lincoln, Headquarters Move

Ames, Lincoln, Headquarters Move
While most of the nation's attention was focused on new test results showing how big city school systems like Chicago compare to each other and statewide averages, most of the attention in Chicago was going towards the Board meeting in which decisions were made over Ames, the Lincoln Elementary annex, and the proposed change to the location of CPS HQ downtown. Oh, and it's less than a week until Christmas -- hang in there...

Charter Expansion Hearing Pro/Con

Charter Expansion Hearing Pro/Con
Today's news includes coverage of the charter expansion hearing, an update about how things have been going at "welcoming" school Haley, sad news about a charter school student who was beaten and assaulted on her way to school, and news that CPS may move its headquarters to cheaper space.  National news includes coverage of speculation over the next NYC chancellor, the Walton Foundation's advocacy for vouchers, and controversy in New Mexico over (you guessed it) teacher evaluation...

Charter, Twitter Disagreements

Charter, Twitter Disagreements
Today's education news:  There was a passionate pubic hearing over proposed charters last night.  EdSec Duncan dodged a charter question during his visit to Juarez high school.  Republican businessman / political candidate Bruce Rauner and CTU president Karen Lewis got into a Twitter war. CPS says that closing and clearing out the schools from last spring will now cost another $10 million or so over the initial projections. Plus national news...
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Duncan Visiting Juarez

Duncan Visiting Juarez
Today's education news: Proposed charters, Byrd-Bennett's response to New York City rumors (and an oped with Mayor Emanuel), Duncan at Juarez, school safety since Newtown. A big update from CPS Obsessed.  Commenters mocking each other. It's cold...

Just 1 In 9 CPS Kids Attend Charters

Just 1 In 9 CPS Kids Attend Charters
The Sun-Times' Kate Grossman tells us the names of the the 10 CPS charter schools that may open in fall 2014, which is great to know (we only knew the number before). But at the same time the Philly Notebook reminds us that it's other cities like the City of Brotherly Love (plus New Orleans and Detroit) that have the highest percentages of charter students among big districts.  ...

School Closing Costs Double

School Closing Costs Double
Today's news: Closing out closed schools will cost nearly double the previous estimates (but it's just $10 million), former CPS head Jean Claude Brizard calls for a "teacher spring," suburban schools leads the way in post-Newtown school responses (anniversary tomorrow), magnet deadline is today, plus a nasty lawsuit against Hales Franciscan...
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Black Studies For Everyone!

Black Studies For Everyone!
Todays's education news:  Friday is the deadline for selective enrollment testing signup, says DNA Info.  Rangel was "a distraction," says Mayor Emanuel. Black studies will be required for all CPS schools, says CPS. Readers debate whether property taxes are really lower in Chicago (in comments). Plus lots of national news...