Archive for June 2014

What I Learned This Weekend

What I Learned This Weekend
Over the weekend, commenters debated Lewis's possible mayoral candidacy, CPS's residency rules, and the "Lazy 11" (who knew?). Today's news includes reaction from CTU on the layoffs, advice from Crain's about a Lewis candidacy, and a new award for a Chopin teacher.  Nationally, the Supreme Court could end mandatory union dues for teachers and other public employees, and Newark superintendent Cami Anderson has been given an extension on her contract...

More Layoffs, Plus Lewis For Mayor?

More Layoffs, Plus Lewis For Mayor?
Without having given any mention of during the leadup to the Board meeting (that I know of) earlier this week, CPS announced 1,100 layoffs yesterday. That's a lot of folks, though much less than last year.  Maybe it was a fiscal year thing that everyone knew about but me.  Meanwhile, Lewis and Preckwinkle are both mulling mayoral runs.  Lewis seems to be trying to goose Preckwinkle to go for it, or maybe she really wants to run herself...

Payton Not A Diversity Model, Says Estvan

Payton Not A Diversity Model, Says Estvan
In response to yesterday's NYT oped from Rick Kahlenberg touting the Chicago model of income-based diversity enhancement, longtime Chicago special education advocate Rod Estvan wrote the following rebuttal suggesting that Chicago's results from the Kahlenberg plan (for Walter Payton in particular) haven't been all that good -- the percentage of students from low-income families has actually gone down from a decade ago. "Payton’s admission system which is in part based on census tracts is being advantaged by the middle class and even wealthier families who live in enclaves within overall poorer community census tracts."  What do you think? See the full Estvan response below the fold...
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New Discipline Policy Approved

New Discipline Policy Approved
  Today's news: The Board approved the new discipline policy. Former TFA Chicago head John White is battling Republican governor Bobby Jindal in Louisiana. There aren't enough librarians...

Let's Talk About Lindblom

Let's Talk About Lindblom
Lindblom High has been getting lots of positive attention recently, including a Golden Apple award for Principal Mather, feature coverage from Catalyst’s Sarah Karp (A Chicago High School Moves To Head Of Class), and this column from Andy Shaw (A South Side success story). The gist of it all is that Lindblom has rebounded from the... Read more »

New Report Criticizes Closings

New Report Criticizes Closings
Today's news includes more coverage of the proposed changes in school discipline (esp. in younger grades - much like what other districts are doing), plus a scathing report on last year's school closings process. Nationally, special education is going to get more scrutiny from the USDE according to a big announcement from Arne Duncan yesterday...
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Memorable James Deanes Moments?

Memorable James Deanes Moments?
I’ve been talking to various folks who knew James Deanes (RIP) — apparently Vallas spoke at the funeral service and there’s going to be a larger memorial event next month —  but also realized that some of you who read this blog might have your own memorable moments (pleasant or difficult) with him — encounters... Read more »

CPS Proposes Softer Discipline Policy

CPS Proposes Softer Discipline Policy
Today's news:  CPS wants to soften the discipline policy at tomorrow's Board meeting (see Sun-Times, Tribune, and Catalyst coverage). Interesting things going on at Alcott and Lindblom. At $62,000, Chicago tops teacher pay for a BA plus five years among big districts, according to NCTQ. New York may be the site of the first Vergara-style lawsuit against teacher job protections. ...

Emanuel Super PAC Has CPS Connections

Emanuel Super PAC Has CPS Connections
Becky Carroll will head the new Rahm super PAC. James Sullivan is retiring after 12 years.  New York's student enrollment system should be more like Chicago's, says Rick Kahlenberg (who helped design the Chicago plan). Elsewhere: San Jose teachers and administrators want to extend probation to three years...
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Big News From DC, NY - And Lake View

Big News From DC, NY - And Lake View
Today's news: A parent is suing her child's school for bullying he allegedly experienced. Lake View has a new principal (Scott Grens). Elsewhere: Washington DC announced a delay in use of Common Core assessments to evaluate teachers, and New York state came up with a safety net deal for low-rated teachers.  The California Charter School Association weighed in against a school bond vote when the district refused to share resources. ...