Archive for May 2014

Bullying, Inflammatory Test Questions, & More

Bullying, Inflammatory Test Questions, & More
Todays news includes: Lewis predicts a Preckwinkle victory, describes attempts to stage scenes in "Chicagoland." CPS investigating anti-Semitic bullying and should be ashamed of itself over that inflammatory test question (says the Sun-Times). A CTU member is fighting to serve on an LSC. A shooting near a school. Elsewhere:  Zuckerberg gives $120M to SF Bay Area schools.  First Lady fights to protect school lunch guidelines.  NYC teachers not so sure about that new contract. See it all below...

Yesterday's Board Meeting

Yesterday's Board Meeting
Today's news includes lots of coverage of yesterday's Board meeting, some controversies at Prosser and Brennemann, calls for merit pay from a former CPS student, and a reminder from the Reader that the Mayor's race isn't the only one important to liberals. Plus national news and coverage from other cities like LA, NY, and NOLA...

School Budgets Look Super Tight

School Budgets Look Super Tight
School budgets look bad again, says the Tribune. A former accountability hawk goes doveish on teacher evaluations.  Preckwinkle's pension reform is moving -- is that a good thing? Plus national news, and local school news...
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Offensive Test Question, Union's New Tax Proposal

Offensive Test Question, Union's New Tax Proposal
Welcome back -- here's the latest news: WBEZ has some followup on the immigration test question -- it's back! -- CPS wants to add 2,500 alternative spots for kids, Karen Lewis wants the city to levy a new tax on stock transactions, and 30 percent of the spots at Obama High are going to go to neighborhood kids -- whatever that means.  ...

Memorial Day Weekend 2014

It’s Memorial Day Weekend and I’m off to a family event. I’ll try and tweet out some news and commentary here and there, and you can follow along (and respond) here or in the sidebar or on Twitter itself — or leave updates or ideas in comments.  Either way, have a great weekend! Tweets about... Read more »

Next Year It's Chicago

Next Year It's Chicago
There was lots of Chicago-related action at the annual Education Writers Association conference #EWA14 in Nashville this year.  First and foremost, EWA announced that the UofC would host next year’s conference.  Former CPS head Arne Duncan was there, along with AFT head Randi Weingarten.  There were at least two Sun-Times journos (Dan and Kate), and... Read more »
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Moderate Rahm, Closing "Savings"?

Moderate Rahm, Closing "Savings"?
Rahm's a policy moderate -- according to Chicago Magazine. CTU slams CPS use of school closing "savings." Hispanics declaring themselves white on census forms. Students protest appointed Newark superintendent. "Common Core" textbooks that aren't really Common Core...

What Next For Gresham?

What Next For Gresham?
Back from the education writers conference in Nashville, here are today's education news stories -- including plans for 125 S. Clark Street, a new report from CTU, updates on the dispute at Gresham, and a story of a parent who beat the odds and won the "CPS lottery."  More national news and updates from other cities as well...

Rethinking Rahm (3rd Anniversary)

Rethinking Rahm (3rd Anniversary)
Today's education news: More about principals, lots more about Rahm's 3rd anniversary.  Some coverage of KJL's weigh-loss surgery and political prospects. An oped about CTU's (entirely symbolic) rejection of Common Core. Plus lots of national news and some Chicago folks at the national education writers conference in Nashville (#EWA14)...
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Brown At 60; Rahm Vs. Karen

Brown At 60; Rahm Vs. Karen
Today's news includes lots of stories about the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education plus the usual smattering of political coverage featuring Rahm and Karen Lewis.  Plus there's a nice profile of Victor Harbison's work at Gage Park HS.  No national news today, folks - technical difficulties.  ...