Archive for April 2014

Union Fails To Pass Charter Commission Revamp

Union Fails To Pass Charter Commission Revamp
Today's news: House blocks union-backed charter school commission overhaul.  Critics slam CPS "accounting adjustment." Chicago Mag debunks falling crime stats.  Nationally: Anyone can try Common Core field tests now. GW Bush laments criticism of high standards for all kids. See it all below...

WBEZ's Lutton Wins Fellowship

WBEZ's Lutton Wins Fellowship
Fresh off the Peabody award win that she and others enjoyed for "Harper High School," Chicago Public Radio's Linda Lutton (not pictured) has been named one of three Spencer Education Journalism Fellows for 2014-2015, which provides funding and professional support during a yearlong program Columbia University's journalism school...

More Dough For Schools, District?

More Dough For Schools, District?
Today's news: CPS increases per-student funding (sort of). Funding equity bill advances in Springfield.  As does pension reform (will Quinn sign it)? Turnaround opponents keep up the heat. Jose Rico returns to join United Way.  Nationally: Gallup poll finds stressed teachers.  Officials unsure why PA student went on knife rampage...
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Gentrification ≠ Middle Class

Gentrification ≠ Middle Class
Some cities like DC and Chicago and NYC are way more appealing than they used to be and gentrifying like mad despite the Great Recession, but that doesn't mean the middle class is coming back...

Charter Parents Rally Against Springfield

Charter Parents Rally Against Springfield
Wednesday's news includes coverage of the charter school rally yesterday (can they pull off what NY charter advocates pulled off?), some LSC upsets (everyone's out at Ray), and new tweaks to the selective enrollment process for private school kids (among other things). A seniority layoff lawsuit in LA has been settled.  Commenters continue to argue whether charter or CTU parents should serve on LSCs...

LA Teacher Videotaped Fighting In Class

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What do you think? An LA science teacher (and wrestling coach) was videotaped tackling a student, assailed by administrators for putting hands on a kid, and then defended by many students online. Video above.  Link to the LA Times story here.  
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Turnarounds, LSCs, Charters, Prizes!

Turnarounds, LSCs, Charters, Prizes!
Today's news: LSC elections continue.  Gresham principal pushes back against proposed turnaround. It's harder than ever to get into Whitney Young. Charters no better - but Rahm doesn't care. Lots of Chicago journalists got recognition from the national Education Writers Association. New federal funding for Austin high school. Elsewhere: Teachers in New York ousted their state union president and replaced him with a more aggressive leader. ...

Sun-Times Journo Wins Nat'l Award

Sun-Times Journo Wins Nat'l Award
Kudos to the Chicago Sun-Times’ editorial page writer, Kate Grossman, on being named First Prize for opinion journalists by the national Education Writers Association (and to any other Chicago outlets that won). You guys already know what a big fan I am of Grossman’s work.  I’ve written about it several times.  She reports columns on her... Read more »

LSC Elections Get Political (Finally?)

LSC Elections Get Political (Finally?)
Today's education news: LSC elections are happening -- and are apparently being politicized in ways that haven't happened in the past (why hasn't this happened in the past - or has it?).  A Simeon student was killed. The Tribune has a big story about charter school performance (it's not dramatically different over all) - plus Noble Street's discipline policy is tougher than many other schools'. DNA Info profiles a teacher who moved from closed Bethune to Blaine. Plus national news, news from other cities, and updates throughout the day at @district299...
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"Last Chance High" (Montefiore)

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It’s been  quieter year, violence-wise, than previous years, but there’s still lots of school left to go. And things can get pretty heated in classrooms and hallways that don’t necessarily show up in official crime statistics (or even CPS stats that are posted in each month’s Board report).  With that in mind, here’s the first... Read more »