Aide Apologizes For Insulting Principals' Chief

Aide Apologizes For Insulting Principals' Chief

Rahm made Kupper apologize for calling Clarice Berry a shill for the CTU, and insists his door is open.  The Tribune explores a merit pay model that seems to have worked in New Yokr. ISBE is softening its bilingual certification requirements for preschool teachers.  Plus a crazy cute picture of the First Lady when she was a Chicago schoolgirl and lots of thoughts about the anniversary of Brown. 

Emanuel's political consultant apologizes to principals association chief Sun Times: “I regret my reckless remark and offer Dr. Berry my public apology,” Kupper wrote in an email to the Sun-Times.

Mayor Insists His Door Is Open To Principals' Concerns CBS Local: When confronted with those allegations, Emanuel insisted his door and that of CPS Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett are always open to principals. “If a principal has a concern or an idea, her attitude, my attitude is we want to hear about ..."

A New York merit pay model for Chicago teachers Chicago Tribune: The current contract expires in June 2015, and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewisrecently told the Tribune Editorial Board that her members won't approve a one-year extension to 2016, even if CPS offers it.

Preschool teachers may get more time to meet bilingual requirements Catalyst: Preschool teachers in Illinois may get two more years to obtain the required qualifications to teach children who don’t speak English.

Comings & Goings: Okezie-Phillips, principals Catalyst: Erica Okezie-Phillips, an education program officer at the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, is leaving the foundation at the end of May.

School bus hits beam, keeps going; 9 students suffer minor injuries Sun Times: Nine Chicago Public Schools students were taken to hospitals with minor injuries Thursday morning after their school bus sideswiped a metal support beam on their way to school, according to Chicago Police.

More Delays for Ill Pension Reform Chicago Tonight: There are more court developments today in the on-going Illinois pension reform case. A Sangamon County judge stopped the reform overhaul by issuing a stay on the implementation of the law.


A Decision That Helped Shape Michelle Obama NYT: For the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, Michelle Obama will head to Topeka to talk about a Supreme Court ruling that affected her life. [pictured, via Instagram]

Segregation Is Back Politico: Sixty years after Brown v. Board, educational advantages are still unequally divided—not by race, but by zip code.

Who Gets to Graduate? NYT Sunday Magazine: Rich students complete their college degrees; working-class students like Vanessa Brewer usually don’t. Can the University of Texas change her chances of success?

Before 'Brown V. Board,' Mendez Fought California's Segregated Schools NPR: Latino families sued four Orange County school districts over school segregation. The case, Mendez v. Westminster, ended school segregation in California seven years before Brown v. Board.


Commissioner John King on Common Core and Equality WNYC: New York State education commissioner and president of the University of the State of New York argues that Common Core opponents are standing in the way of achieving racial equality in our schools.

At A New Orleans High School, Marching Band Is A Lifeline For Kids NPR: Reporter Keith O'Brien spent a year following the Edna Karr High School marching band. Being a member is more than just a way to be popular; the band offers students a pathway to college.

Educating Girls: Big Payoff For $45 A Year NPR: Girls without an education are six times more likely to marry young than those who've finished high school, according to a new report from the World Bank Group. Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more.

New book traces city's revitalization through schools USA Today: What makes Syracuse and its schools appropriate for an intervention like this? Maeroff: Syracuse and Say Yes were a good fit for two reasons.


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  • A proposal to give school principals a voice |

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    Nice proposal from a rational principal I like how he is methodical, logical, level headed and actually offers a viable solution. He is realistic. I like it and hope the principals make it happen.

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    I appreciate what he is saying, but until the Board starts taking principals' suggestions seriously their organization will not be taken seriously. I don't know how they can make them do that.

    Just coming up with better suggestions won't do it. The Board refuses to entertain any suggestions at all. The principals have to make them listen.

  • In reply to Ed Dziedzic:

    Ed I know you are trying to keep this or any conversation negative, but this principal has a suggestion on how as you put it, "to have the board take principals seriously." This principal is pretty insightful and understands the challenge in a huge bureaucracy and came up with a solution.

    Just yelling that the board needs to listen is not productive. Currently, there are plenty of principals on many committees giving input all the time. This principal astutely points out that the structure is not getting the word out about the participation, nor is it getting input from all principals. Kudos to this principal for offering a solution.

  • Toni Preckwinkle makes Rahm Emanuel nervous - (John Kass via Mike Klonsky)

  • What makes anyone think that CPS will listen to a principals' group any more than CPS listens to CTU, neighborhood organizations or ISBE?
    I find it interesting that two of the four principals who have jumped on the bandwagon have had extensive postings on this blog and it was not of a positive nature.
    Self-promotion does not make a good principal.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    CTU is antagonistic and does not want CPS to listen to them. Karen Lewis just wants press coverage. The teachers get their voice ignored in the process. When ya keep saying no to everything, at some point the world moves on without you and people stop listening.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    You have a funny definition of "self promotion." This is like saying teachers picketing a school are in it for self promotion, but it's far more risky than that as they have no union rights. When a principal speaks out they are risking their career. There is zero potential pay off other than to make the district better for everyone. They won't get a promotion out of it and in fact they will be known as a 'rabble-rouser' and be left out of potential future promotions.

    Principals routinely get raked across the coals when they make changes at their schools. Often they are publicly criticized and belittled by anonymous trolls on this blog. The fact these principals are willing to speak out and suffer (again) from anonymous trolls like yourself should tell you something. That is, if you were smart enough to figure it out. Which you're not. So go ahead and begin your pathetic personal attacks under a blanket of anonymity. I'm sure you believe you're making the world a better place.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Reread the letters and you will be assailed with the self-promotion in two of the letters. The principals who spoke up are heroes. Two of the principals are carpetbaggers, nothing more.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    ....says the anonymous Internet troll.

  • Obviously you have no classroom experience. She'll be a huge burr under his saddle. Exactly what the plutocrats fear (although your no plutocrat...I can tell).

    Are you using your pronouns correctly?

  • In reply to district299reader:

    No doubt she is a HUGE burr.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Brilliant observation...

  • your're...before you call foul.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Yeah, I wasn't going to call foul because that would be petty. Feel free to nitpick yourself though.

  • Solve the 40/50/60 to 1 teacher to student classroom ratio because of no coverage at all Einstein..Rahm plays hardball with his directives and he's miffed...

  • And my school is Level 1.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    You do know they have reversed the school level order and added to numbers. No joke. No more Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 with 1 being the best. Now it is Level 5 to 1 with 5 being the best. Seriously. CPS constantly changes the language to feign expertise.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    I do. Today we're level 1. Tomorrow will have to do calisthenics to avoid the selection...

  • In reply to district299reader:

    I'm flummoxed as to what type of irony this is...

  • It's Friday! The Blogosphere ethics commitee thanks all who don't call me on my reversed ratios...

  • It is not a bad thing at all that some principals are coming forward with public criticism of mayoral control. But from what I can see it is largely based on the idea of greater budget control and decision making at the school level.

    I am not seeing too much of a discussion coming from principals about what could be called the macro level issues facing CPS. For example: it's increasing debt expansion, the district's expansion of selective enrollment high schools and whether or not that leads to additional brain drain from what is left of the general high schools, the viability of their own pensions over the next 20 years, the decline in the numbers of licensed minority teachers in CPS, the implications of charter expansion for creating ever greater concentrations of more severely disabled students in non-selective CPS schools, the failure of all but a very few schools to effectively teach reading skills to mild and moderately disabled students due to the lack of resources and state of the art technology, and I could go on and on.

    Part of the problem here I think is how public school administrators are trained. I have taught a few college level classes over the years required for administrative certification, now licensure. They are extremely narrow and geared to creating managerial efficiency at the school level. Even college level text books on education finance are extremely narrow.

    But the problem is that the issues the principals are focusing on are inner dynamic to the macro level issues the district faces. Never once in the last 20 years has the Principals Association critically examined the CPS proposed budget, while a small organization such as Access Living has done so almost every year. I have no doubt that collectively principals know more than I do or for that matter more than the Civic Federation does about many budget issues. Yet formally as a group they say nothing year after year.

    Rod Estvan

  • Good points Rod. This is why the CPAA needs to be reformed. Will CPS listen to the CPAA? Perhaps at first to placate the principals speaking out. Over the long term, probably not. This is why the CPAA needs to ensure they have a mission and leadership geared to making CPS listen. Creating a CPAA that is media savvy and aggressive in fighting for their ideals will help change the course. Then principals will be able to address many other things like the CPS budget, SPED accommodations and supports, pensions, etc. Focus on the CPAA first, and the rest will follow over time. If CPAA isn't reformed and/or CPS doesn't listen principal might just start forming a union. This is the last thing CPS wants.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    My understanding is that while the CPAA is not a union it is somehow affiliated with the Afl-CIO, or am I confused about that?

    Rod Estvan

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    Can you district299readers sort yourself out somehow? I can't tell one from the other and it begins to look somewhat schizophrenic when district299reader is arguing with district299reader.

  • Re-watching Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix--you know, the one where the Minister of Magic, is in the service of Valdemort and he appoints Dolores Umbrage to oversee Hogwarts and weaken the school to prepare for its ultimate conquest by the forces of darkness... This all seems so familiar somehow. If this post gets attacked or ignored I will know that the Dark Lord has indeed returned.

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