There's lots of commentary about the just-passed CPS budget -- was it a stopgap measure, or an out and out gimmick? Plus there's the departure of the Ogden principal for ... well, you know. Most interesting to me in today's roundup is Ray Salazar's blog post pushing back against the recent WBEZ data story about high school sifting, which most took as an indictment of the system through which many CPS students no longer attend their neighborhood high schools.
ABOUT THAT WBEZ STORY
Chicago Public Schools Students Show School Choice Happens Ray Salazar: Students don't fit in neighborhood high schools. Neighborhood high schools struggle with politics and demographics. Some neighborhood parents get savvier." Salazar's conclusion? "Our Conclusions Need Adjusting."
CPS defends its 'gimmick-based' 2015 budget Crain's Chicago Business: Chicago Public Schools officials are fully sticking with their decision to enact a fiscal 2015 budget that one watchdog group labelled a "gimmick-based stopgap." But they're also admitting that major financial problems are on the way for the troubled system.
Emanuel blames state for phony school budget The Capitol Fax Blog: He argued that he had no choice when Illinois ranks 50th among 50 states in school funding and Chicago Public Schools has a pension crisis that still has not been solved.
Emanuel uses gimmick in new $6B CPS budget WLS: But that change has failed many times in Springfield and with the Supreme Court appearing to be very unsympathetic to letting politicians off the hook for generous pension payments, this gimmick creates an unsustainable future for Chicago Public Schools.
SO LONG, OGDEN PRINCIPAL
Ogden Principal Joshua VanderJagt Steps Down After Bullying Incident
DNAinfo: "Mr. VanderJagt has asked to be reassigned within the District and I have granted this request," Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in a statement issued Friday.
School principal stepping down after anti-Semitic bullying incident
MyFox Chicago: "Mr. VanderJagt has asked to be reassigned within the District and I have granted this request," Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said
Jewish student shown pictures of ovens, told to 'get in' by classmates Examiner: Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in a statement Friday that she has granted his request. "I agree with Mr. VanderJagt that the students, parents and the school community will be best served by a new principal of their choosing,"
PEOPLE ON THE MOVE
Former CPS official's credentials in question, progressive politics, summer school Catalyst: Terrence Carter, who went from principal at Barton Elementary School to chief academic officer at Academy for Urban School Leadership, is having trouble getting his contract approved as superintendent of New London School District in Connecticut.
Comings and Goings: Price, King, Okezie-Phillips, new principals Catalyst: These interim principals have become contract principals at their schools: Antonio Acevedo, Whittier Elementary; Femi Skanes, Al Raby High School; Adam Stich, Hitch Elementary.
FitzPatrick, Karp, and Lutton talking schools at the Hideout! Chicago Reader That would be the incomparable Lauren FitzPatrick of the Sun-Times, Sarah Karp of Catalyst, and Linda Lutton of WBEZ. Take a bow, ladies! Nobody—not even Mayor Rahm—knows more about education in Chicago than these three. [Roz Rossi, anyone?]
Campbell Brown’s group to file teacher tenure suit ChalkbeatNY: A group of seven families led by the news-anchor-turned-education-activist Campbell Brown will file a complaint in state court on Monday. The suit, to be filed in Albany by Brown’s group, is the second such case in New York and follows a California ruling in June that deemed teacher tenure laws in that state unconstitutional.
Feds back English learner lawsuit against state EdSource via Hechinger: The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California has found an ally in the U.S. Department of Justice for its lawsuit charging that the state abdicated its obligation to ensure all students classified as English learners get extra instructional services to become fluent in English. The lawsuit, filed in April 2013, is set for a one-day trial next week in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Learning To Read May Take Longer Than We Thought NPR: A Dartmouth study suggests that fifth-graders are still "learning to read," not just "reading to learn."
Balancing Special-Education Needs With Rising Costs NYT: The City of New York pays for about 12,000 special-needs students per year to receive private school educations. Parents contend that the city fights too many of these requests, delaying important services to students in the process.
Calif. Newspaper Can't Access Teacher Growth Scores With Names, Court Rules Teacher Beat: The latest in a back-and-forth between The Los Angeles Times and the nation's second-largest district over access to teacher "value added" information.