Archive for May 2014

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. ...

Is Raviere Independent Or Merely Opposed?

Is Raviere Independent Or Merely Opposed?
Lots more about Blaine's principal, Troy LaRaviere in the Reader, Sun-Times, and on Chicago Tonight. (See my thoughts below.) Plus pensions, CPS apologizing for that racist test question, and national news focusing on charters, equity, data privacy, and Newark.  ...

WBEZ: District High Schools Dominate Suspensions

WBEZ: District High Schools Dominate Suspensions
Today's news: There's more back and forth over the voice of principals and who's to blame for stifling it. WBEZ notes that the schools that suspend the most are mostly district high schools "only a few are charters." Passages wants to expand in Andersonville.Meanwhile, there's a new Mayor in Newark (parallels to Chicago there?) and a Gates-funded study suggests that value-added teacher evaluation systems don't work very well. Check it all out below and in comments...
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Principals Ruled - Or Ruling - By Fear?

Principals Ruled - Or Ruling - By Fear?
Byrd-Bennett says she's going to look into the notion that principals can't speak out.  Waldorf wants Stewart building.  Rahm struggles in the polls.  Nationally, two new studies are out (covering pre-K access and VAM programs), and San Jose wants to but can't extend its pre-tenure period for some teachers.  Check it all out -- and comments, too...

2 Big Challenges For Mayor Rahm

2 Big Challenges For Mayor Rahm
Hi, all -- Happy Monday (?).  Today's education news includes a big WSJ article about the CPS pension problem, and some new poll results showing a vulnerable Rahm.  The Tribune profiles some of the outside operators in North Lawndale (and describes some testing complaints from elsewhere in the state), and the Sun Times reveals that UNO had to pay a settlement for a fired teacher. Plus lots of comments over the weekend, and national news...

CTU's Lewis Compromises, Gets Weight-Loss Surgery, & Opposes Common Core

CTU's Lewis Compromises, Gets Weight-Loss Surgery, & Opposes Common Core
The union wants to talk about pension modifications for current members (you guys still get 3 percent cumulative!?).  CTU president got weight-loss surgery (for a possible mayoral run, says Sneed).  The HOD vote against Common Core isn't wise, according to Ray Salazar, and puts CTU in line with conservative opponents as well as liberals. Nationally, the Obama administration is warning schools not to screen out perceived immigrants, and a NYC union head's speech has riled folks up over the new labor deal...
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Here Come School-Level PISA Scores!?

Here Come School-Level PISA Scores!?
For over a decade now, PISA scores have allowed international comparisons of student achievement but that was about it.  One nation could be compared to the other, or at best subnations like Shanghai could (controversially) be compared.  More recently, however, individual US states have started signing up for their own PISA scores — FL, MA,... Read more »

Teachers Vote "No" On Common Core

Teachers Vote "No" On Common Core
So the CPS House of Delegates voted against Common Core last night -- a powerful but entirely symbolic move since it's (a) already being implemented and (b) not subject to teachers' approval. [All but 13 states are field testing Common Core assessments this spring, according to EdWeek.] Also: Mayor Rahm doesn't think much of the union's proposed "LaSalle" tax, lots of teachers are leaving CPS (but less than in the past), and attendance is down (compared to recent years).Nationally: NAEP scores for 12th grade are out and it's not pretty. Common Core is making Kafka popular, according to Vox. Etc. Check it all out below...

All About Karen (In 2015)

All About Karen (In 2015)
Lots of coverage and commentary about Karen Lewis's campaign pronouncements. Catalyst gets a cash infusion.  They're upset at Benito Juarez. Plus new national polls showing support for tests and standards...
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No 4th Year For Contract, Says CTU

No 4th Year For Contract, Says CTU
Karen Lewis doesn't want the 4th year of the current contract.  Forty-four CPS students got Gates Scholarships. Catalyst updates us on summer learning loss. Elsewhere, Minneapolis is looking at an Oakland (CA) model for working with young black men, the NYC contract proposal includes a secret buyout provision for rubber room teachers, and the Common Core field testing continues for another month...