Archive for July 2014

Juarez Attendance Whistleblower Fired

Juarez Attendance Whistleblower Fired
Pretty much everyone's focused on the pros and cons of a Karen Lewis challenge to Mayor Rahm and the budget hearings for next year, but I'm still super curious about what's happening at Juarez (cooking the books, firing the whistleblower) and whether it's happening/happened at other CPS schools (right?). Elsewhere, Seattle is finally getting some charter schools, and a new charter school study shows that NYC charters don't under-serve SWD but those in other cities do...

Preckwinkle's Out - Lewis Leans In

Preckwinkle's Out - Lewis Leans In
Uh-oh, this Emanuel-Lewis thing is looking sorta real, now.  Preckwinkle is out. The national press has got ahold of the story. Could be fun messy great awful, right? -- especially if Lewis retains her role as union head while running. Nationally, districts (CPS?) are getting ready to handle an influx of Central American refugee kids, and Deieon Sanders' charter school is in big trouble...

Teachers Use Clout, Too

Teachers Use Clout, Too
Today's news roundup includes more about a Karen Lewis run for mayor (and just how hard it would be for her to win) and a cringe-inducing story about some IL teachers using clout for certification and licensing.  National news includes the wrap-up of the AFT convention in LA and an interview with the New Yorker writer who got inside one of the Atlanta cheating schools to learn more about the personal and professional motivations...
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Karen Lewis In LA

Karen Lewis In LA
And we're back.  Monday's education news includes a few stories about Karen Lewis, more about budget cuts for neighborhood schools, a few others about specific schools (Passages, Lake View High School), and a WBEZ story about arts education inequities. Nationally, the AFT convention is going on, and more Republican governors are reversing course on Common Core...

Gone Fishing - Back On Monday

Gone Fishing - Back On Monday
I’m taking a quick July holiday and will be back on Monday.  Feel free to post questions, comments, or news links in the comments section.  Budgets, hiring, politics — there’s a lot going on.

Rahm Takes School Safety Credit

Rahm Takes School Safety Credit
Today's news includes more about the budget cuts (5 percent) for next year, plus some back and forth about CPS and safety. WBEZ has a summer school/Ventra scandal.  Nationally, a small handful of NYC schools is voting to vary from union rules, and new laws in CA are changing the way schools allocate their existing budgets...
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New Budget Hits Local Schools

New Budget Hits Local Schools
Today's news: A closer look at the new CPS budget (and its impact on local schools). Plus national news as the Vergara lawsuit gets filed in New York , and the President unveils a new teacher equity initiative. ...

Did You Feel Safe This Year?

Did You Feel Safe This Year?
So it was the safest year ever, according to CPS statistics -- but CTU and others say that the numbers are off.  Who do you think is right?  Plus a new budget from CPS, and funding for Rahm's new Super PAC. Also: I'm off tomorrow and part of next week.  Have a great (and safe) Fourth Of July Weekend...

What's Going On At De Diego?

What's Going On At De Diego?
After a few days of rumors, news broke last night that the administrators at De Diego had been removed over accusations that they were juking enrollment stats.  Know anything about it, or if it's happening in other schools? Plus, more news and speculation about Karen Lewis For Mayor, and national news about a new coalition of diverse charter schools that's been formed...
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Stormy Summer!?

Stormy Summer!?
The Reader's Ben Joravsky is very excited about Karen For Mayor. Catalyst has a couple of Comings & Goings (and is going to launch a new morning news roundup next Monday). CPS teens win national performing arts awards. The Sun Times launches a new summer series where teachers weigh in on big challenges. Nationally: LAUSD allows laptops along with iPads into its 1:1 initiative. Gates says fixing education hardest thing he's ever tried, and John White tells the state it'll cost $25M for Louisiana to change Common Core horses at this point...