Archive for February 2014

CPS Threatens Saucedo Teachers (Why?)

CPS Threatens Saucedo Teachers (Why?)
CPS may have played right into testing opponents' hands by threatening (via letter) to take away teachers' certifications if they don't administer the ISATs next week, given how few teachers are involved. But that's what they did.  Perhaps they had no other choice.  But heavy-handed tactics in Seattle turned an isolated band of teacher testing protesters into a citywide rebellion last year.  What do you think should happen to the Saucedo teachers (if anything), and what do you think CPS should have done...

Budgets, Pensions, Charters (Oh, My)

Budgets, Pensions, Charters (Oh, My)
Today's news mostly comes from yesterday's Board meeting: The start of the new budget and pension debates, continued concerns about charter expulsions (see dueling editorials from the Sun Times and Tribune), plus more about testing protests. Oh, and the calendar for next year has been changed. Meantime, great comments on recent posts -- about Rham, CTU, and me.  ALL CAPS...

Reforming Rahm

Reforming Rahm
It’s easy to get distracted by the Rahm – Karen Lewis personality conflict, but in the end what’s going on in CPS is not really about either of them.  In this Education Next article just out today, I try and get a little bit behind the headlines.  Some issues that don’t get enough attention on... Read more »
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Charters, Testing, Payton

Charters, Testing, Payton
Today's news includes high expulsion rates at charters than district schools, Saucedo teachers' announced refusal to give the ISAT next week, selective enrollment admissions decisions from CPS, and a fight over the nonrenewal of the principal at Sutherland. Plus national news, and news from other cities. ...

Video: "12 Years A Slave" OK For High Schoolers?

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It’s a brutal movie to watch, but some schools have been showing it to high school students and now Montel Williams and NSBA are planning to bring it to schools nationwide (as Williams helped do with “Glory”). What do you think?

Testing Protest Falls Flat

Testing Protest Falls Flat
Today's news: Testing critics found parents of only about 500 students who would opt out of testing this year, according to news accounts from a press event yesterday. The UofC's Lab School is getting $25M from George Lucas and others. The proposed Orange School has hit another set of obstacles to opening on the North Side. Plus national news and coverage from other cities...
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What To Do With Pope Building?

What To Do With Pope Building?
Today's education news includes possible charter placements in closed CPS school buildings (North Lawndale's Pope) more on teacher pensions, and another blog post about Toni Preckwinkle's possible run against Rahm. Elsewhere: A mom takes the SAT. Oregon tries to hold onto its NCLB waiver. DC schools try to get students to apply to college...

Reading "Class Action"

Reading "Class Action"
The folks at Jacobin (and Kickstarter supporters) have helped put out a new book called Class Action that will be of great interest to many who've followed the Chicago Public Schools saga over the past two or three years. Take a look and let us know what you think of the book -- a quick scan reveals that it's beautifully designed and photo illustrated.  Might be a good read whether you're inclined to sympathize or criticize...

Run, Karen, Run?

Run, Karen, Run?
Today's education news: Zorn thinks Lewis should run - he's had a change of heart, he says (have you?).  High school letters are out today (and private school notifications may already be arriving in mailboxes). Early indicators are key to helping kids graduate, according to a panel last night (and the White Rhino). JB Pritzker is Chicago's "other" mayor. Plus lots of national news and updates from other cities...
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Teachers Protest Pension Cuts

Teachers Protest Pension Cuts
Today's news includes several stories about yesterday's Springfield press events around teacher pension legislation (including more speculation about a Karen Lewis run for mayor), coverage of the Northside Prep classroom explosion (heating chocolate), and a couple of teaching-related stories (one about distributing teachers better, the other about RTI)...