Archive for March 2014

Quitting Blogging To Do TFA

Quitting Blogging To Do TFA
It is with *extremely* mixed emotions that I’m announcing that, as of midnight tonight I’m shutting down this site, the related Facebook and Twitter pages, and also my Chicago blog and Tumblr. [Some auto-scheduled tweets from over the weekend may appear in your feed or on your Facebook page, but I officially sent my last... Read more »

House Proposes $60M Safe Passage Transpo

House Proposes $60M Safe Passage Transpo
Today's news: The House wants CPS to pay for buses for students rather than the current Safe Passage monitors (worth the $60M?). Evanston middle school walks back leggings ban that got it so much national attention. Elsewhere: Bill Clinton talked de Blasio back on charters, teacher job protection case winding down in California, NYC chancellor tells principals to respect parents' opt out decisions...

Lessons From Beverly?

Lessons From Beverly?
There’s a WBEZ story online from Natalie Moore [@natalieymoore] about Beverly you might find interesting to read.  It’s part of the Curious City series, and asks how Beverly became and remains integrated while most other South Side neighborhoods experienced so much white flight — especially without an anchor university.  Or, is Beverly’s diversity an outdated myth of... Read more »
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Furniture, Closings, Angry [White] Parents

Furniture, Closings, Angry [White] Parents
Folks are upset about the doubled $10M CPS furniture budget -- but not Emanuel. Closings worked over all, says Byrd-Bennett -- the Trib editorial Board agrees (especially on school safety) but Catalyst not so much. Drummond parents and CTU expressed dismay at the ISAT opt out situation in which their children were asked about why they opted out. Only 3 of 50 closed schools are occupied, reports WTTW.  Schools nationwide are segregated racially, according to a new report whose author somehow blames charter schools...

They're Closing 125 S. Clark Street!

They're Closing 125 S. Clark Street!
Gresham parents think turnaround might be what's needed. Ames parents vote against military (but it's not binding). Drummond parents explore legal action (Seems like all CTU or one of the CTU-affiliated parent groups have to put out a press release and Chicago media covers it no matter how small.) CPS wants $10M for new furniture for new building...

Learning From NYC

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It’s a die-hard liberal Chicagoan’s fantasy: liberal mayor elected to office with a mandate to make preschool universal and rein in charter schools.  (Elected school board? Not so much.) But then it turns out that some of the charter schools are doing really well, and parents without better options really don’t care what the schools... Read more »
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Indiana Drops Out Of Common Core

Indiana Drops Out Of Common Core
Here's today's CPS news, plus other cities and national coverage.  The most interesting items to me are the wave of Common Core field testing that's going on nationally (and in Illinois) as well as the formal withdrawal of Indiana from the Common Core that leaves classroom teachers in the lurch while lawmakers come up with alternative standards that are very likely to be similar to the dismissed ones. What else am I missing...

Turnarounds, Intimidation, Testing!

Turnarounds, Intimidation, Testing!
Welcome back! Comments over the weekend focused on whether the ISAT protests/CPS response were a big deal or not (including the possibility of teacher intimidation). News of the day includes more about the three turnarounds (most of it focused on the impact on teachers), a blog post about teacher misconduct, a bit more about the CPS presence at schools where teachers and parents are protesting tests.  See also softened anti-charter rhetoric in New York City, and Common Core practice testing begins this week. More throughout the day in comments and via @district299. ...

Minority Kids Get Harsher Discipline, Weaker Teaching

Minority Kids Get Harsher Discipline, Weaker Teaching
So 125 kids' parents opted out at Drummond and some of the kids were asked questions and the parents are pissed.  Meanwhile, a new national report shows that poor minority kids get tougher discipline and weaker teachers. Which of these things is a bigger deal?  Check it all out below, and see you in comments or at @district299...
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CTU Wins (Tax Hike)!?

CTU Wins (Tax Hike)!?
Today's news: CTU wants tax hikes over pension cuts.  Everybody says the Quinn/Rauner race is going to get very interesting (ugly). Joravsky says that the anti-Rahm crowd won (sort of). Ames, Kenwood.  Plus national news and updates from other cities.  ...