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. 


CPS: Expulsion rate higher at charter schools Tribune: As it continues to modify strict disciplinary policies in an effort to keep students in the classroom, Chicago Public Schools on Tuesday released data showing privately run charter schools expel students at a vastly higher rate than the rest of the district.

New Charter High School in Corliss High Building Gets Community Support DNA Info: Declining enrollment at Corliss prompted sharing arrangement last summer, CPS said.

Noble Network of Charters Lures Chicago Business Elite Crain's: The state’s biggest charter-school network raises big money from the city’s big names in business. Here’s how it happened. (Via ChicagoMag)


Test protest: Chicago teachers say they’ll refuse to give ISAT WBEZ: A Seattle high school gained national attention last year when teachers there refused to give a standardized test. In late 2002, teachers at Curie Metropolitan High School in Chicago said they would refuse to give a district-mandated exam that was unpopular with teachers, the Chicago Academic Standards Exam. In a statement, CPS said "district employees that fail to execute their job responsibilities face appropriate disciplinary actions.”

Little Village school’s teachers vote to boycott ISAT Sun Times: Teachers at a Little Village school will refuse to administer an annual state achievement test next week, a move that could ultimately cost them their jobs. About 40 teachers at Maria Saucedo Elementary Scholastic Academy voted unanimously Tuesday to boycott the Illinois Standards Achievement Test, said Sarah Chambers, a special education teacher at the school.


Parents rallying to keep Beverly school principal Sun Times: The principal of a Southwest Side elementary school whose contract was not renewed by the local school council is fighting back. The LSC for Sutherland Elementary in the Beverly community voted 6-4 to not renew Principal Catherine Gannon’s contract at a special meeting Jan. 10. Gannon has been principal at Sutherland since 2006.

Payton College Prep Toughest CPS Selective-Enrollment School to Test Into DNA Info: Eighth-grade students and their families expected to receive acceptance letters this week.


Editorial: How to rescue pensions for Chicago's City Hall and CPS Tribune (editorial): Illinois legislators can defuse a crisis that threatens the pensions of employees at Chicago's City Hall and Chicago Public Schools.

Social Media's Role in Fueling Chicago Gang Wars WTTW: Is social media fueling Chicago gang wars? We take a closer look at the phenomena with Ben Austen, a journalist who took an in-depth look at how Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram -- among many others on the world wide web --- have contributed to escalating tensions and street violence in Chicago. Read an interview with former gang leader and community activist Hal Baskin.

Northwestern University dialogue series about CPS today Ray Salazar: NCDC Dialogues is a quarterly lecture series that seeks to educate Northwestern students about public policy issues from a social justice standpoint.


What do teachers think about the Common Core standards? Hechinger Report: The findings—both reports are published by staunch supporters of the Common Core—were largely positive. But the feedback from teachers and districts also uncovers anxiety about how classrooms and students will be affected by the tougher standards. And training teachers to be able to handle the Common Core remains a major concern.

Ed Dept To Schools: Protect Student Data Online AP: In guidance issued Tuesday, the Education Department encouraged districts to look closely at what online services are already in use within their schools. The guidelines suggest that districts develop procedures to evaluate and approve educational services and, when possible, use a written contract or legal agreement. They also spell out applicable federal laws.

GOP Seeks Answers on Arne Duncan's Teacher Equity Plans PK12: Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House education committee, and Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., the top Republican on the subcommittee overseeing K-12 education, sent a letter to Duncan Tuesday expressing concerns over the department's plan—floated in the story—to task the office for civil rights with ensuring that states ensure that kids in poverty have access to as many highly effective teachers as their more advantaged peers.

New Rules Would Curb How Kids Are Sold Junk Food At School NPR: Schools have made big strides in meeting standards for healthier meals, but students are still bombarded by junk food marketing. The first lady announced guidelines Tuesday that aim to change that.

For undocumented ‘dreamers,’ private initiative aims to help pay college tuition PBS: Every year, some 65,000 students who entered the country illegally as children graduate from U.S. high schools. And while 17 states now allow these students known as dreamers to pay in-state tuition at public higher education institutions, they are not eligible for federal financial aid like Pell Grants or low-interest government loans.

Economic Scene: The Bane and the Boon of For-Profit Colleges NYT: As these institutions play an indispensable role in helping low-income students, new regulations should look to improve the sector, not shrink it.

Let Us Pay Your College Tuition NPR: Oregon and Tennessee want to fund your college tuition. Whose idea is best? We take it straight to economists for debate.


D.C. Handing Out $5 Million To Make School More Engaging For Students WAMU: The D.C. public school system is giving out $5 million to help principals resolve a key complaint — that school is boring.

De Blasio Says New York Can Add 29,000 Pre-K Seats NYT:  Bill de Blasio was trying to answer skeptics who questioned whether he could create enough prekindergarten seats to justify an income tax increase.



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  • The DNAinfo Chicago article on Noble Network of Charter Schools operating the Pullman College Prep inside of Corliss High School contained a sub-story that sort of resonated with me. Denise Washington who has lived in Pullman for three years and who the story indicates is a 33-year-old single mother of two younger elementary school students was reported to have said she plans to send her two small children to Pullman College Prep when they graduate from elementary school. The report quotes her as saying "I like having a school within walking distance from my home. Since the school opened up across the street I have not noticed any changes as far as the way the kids act."

    We can talk all we want to about schools having high expectations for children, but what about parents? While Pullman prep may end up being a relatively good charter school it is unlikely in the future to be one of the best high schools in the city, at the level of a Payton or W Young for example.

    The primary criteria for high school selection is walking distance from home and observed behavior of the students for this mom. Really the future of Ms. Washington’s children have already been radically limited. While we can talk about choice and charter schools, Ms. Washington’s comments to the DNAinfo reporter reveals how limited the horizons are for some parents and how the horizon limitations really can make a mockery of choice.

    Choice for those of us living on the Northside in homes valued in the 100s of thousands of dollars or in a near Loop condo is radically different than choice for a single mother living in Pullman, and likely not in a restored row house either.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    Isn't Brooks just across the tracks from Pullman? Try to send your kid there instead of some shifty charter that'll fine you $$ when your kid doesn't track the teacher with their eyes.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    What's in a name?

    Brooks is on 111th st and started life as "Pullman Tech"it was built by the company of the same name and was a private school. later it became Mendel a Catholic school.,finally the board bought it and it is now .Brooks.
    Corliss now Pullman is on 103th street it started as a public school and now who knows?

  • The devil is in the details.just what constitutes expulsion?
    Is it a formal process with charges,hearings,and a defense?
    I bet the real rate of kicking kids out of charters is much higher.

  • In reply to rbusch:

    CPS is FINALLY releasing this damning information after years of having these same accusations poo-pooed?!?! This is a diversion. Kids who are counseled out of charters dwarfs the numbers properly expelled. Problem is "counseling out" is not enumerated. Big data fails once again.

  • CPS seeking broker to sell Canter

  • New principal for Grant-White School | [Former @chipubschools Chyla Weaver]

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