Archive for September 2014

CPS Enrollment Dips Below 400K Students

CPS Enrollment Dips Below 400K Students
As you already may have heard, CPS is now 3,000 students smaller than it was last year. But some janitors get to keep their jobs - for now. The BGA is giving Mayor Rahm mixed grades. Elsewhere: Superintendents overwhelmingly support the Common Core assessments, according to an EdWeek/Gallup poll. The Atlanta cheating trial has finally begun...

CPS Doles Out Additional $24M - Despite Enrollment Declines

Welcome back -- here's today's news roundup: Everyone's excited about the Friday night announcement from CPS that schools not meeting their enrollment projections won't be penalized even though we're supposedly doing student-based budgeting for the second year.  According to Catalyst, this takes $24 million.  Read all about it.  Or, read about Karen Lewis and Corey Booker talking trash via Twitter, and the Tribune's Zorn on the campaign to keep Lewis out of the mayoral race.   Plus national news including Atlanta's cheating scandal trial finally beginning, and Miami schools enrolling unaccompanied minors. ...

First-Day Attendance Was Up (So What?)

First-Day Attendance Was Up (So What?)
Just as CPS is approving more Safe Passage schools, fighting and after-school violence breaks out at a couple of schools.  Meanwhile, CPS announces first-day attendance figures -- Catalyst points out that the number is always somehow higher than the previous year (and is mostly symbolic, anyway). Elsewhere, EdWeek ponders the education impact of Obama Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced his retirement.  And a new report from NYC finds that only about 5 percent of high-poverty schools have student proficiency rates above 50 percent. ...
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Want To Be A Fall 2014 Intern / Contributor?

Want To Be A Fall 2014 Intern / Contributor?
As in the past, I’m looking for folks who might want to intern or contribute for District299 this fall. Maybe you’re a journalist in training of some kind — or a teacher in training.  Truth is, you can be a student, parent, teacher, or outside observer.  It doesn’t really matter.  And you don’t have to... Read more »

Emanuel Admits Obama High "Mistake"

Emanuel Admits Obama High "Mistake"
Today's news roundup: Emanuel admits it was a mistake to name the new school after Obama -- but isn't changing his views on legalized pot. The CPS Board of Education focused on janitorial issues, approved more Safe Passage schools, and Dyett protests (at City Hall). Commenters debated the Board's banning of a handful of advocates and wondered about political connections that still seem to determine who gets hired or fired in CPS. Plus: National news, teacher and parent news, and education news from other cities. ...

4 Already Banned from Board Meetings - You Could Be Next!

4 Already Banned from Board Meetings - You Could Be Next!
The Board has banned 4 people from monthly meetings, says DNA. Karen Lewis coverage continues -- including Jay Travis campaign leadership role. It's Kindergarten application time for all yo CPS newbie parents. Arne Duncan declaims Ray Lewis and other NFL players with domestic abuse allegations against them. Plus:  Lots of comments about Parent Power and IL RYH from yesterday, and national news...
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Who's Behind Parent Power (& ILRYH)?

Who's Behind Parent Power (& ILRYH)?
Today's education news:  Locally, Gordon Tech is now DePaul College Prep. Byrd-Bennett gets a shout out for her appearance at a Kanye West performance. They're fighting over school funding proposals. Raise Your Hand got the Sun-Times to bite on a conspiracy story about who's behind a new parent group hosting a citywide middle school conference (especially ironic given nagging questions about who's behind ILRYH and why their positions match up so completely with CTU's views). Nationally, student homelessness is still on the rise, and two districts shared the annual Broad Prize for district improvement. ...

More Subs -- Plus Fioretti/Lewis Alliance?

More Subs -- Plus Fioretti/Lewis Alliance?
Welcome back -- happy Monday.  Today's news includes increased use of substitute teachers, a slew of stories about Lewis/Fioretti/Emanuel (and the school formerly known as Obama High).  Late night host Jimmy Fallon is coming to Chicago because of CPS students' reading scores (didn't know that). Plus national news, and other cities' news, and weekend comments about Winckler's depature and all sorts of other things commenters like to comment about. Image via Mean Girls (I think)...

Emanuel Relents On Obama High (Sort Of)

Emanuel Relents On Obama High (Sort Of)
Obama High is going to be named something else -- and located somewhere else, too. The Tribune's Eric Zorn looks at KJL's gussied-up Twitter picture (pictured) and says she's running for sure. The Reader's Ben Joravsky reminds us  that she'll probably have to make it through a runoff.  WBEZ covers dropout recovery efforts. All this plus national news is below -- plus commenters on Winckler's departure, too...
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Media Shakeup: Tribune Reporter Leaves, WBEZ Reporter Doing NYC Fellowship

Media Shakeup: Tribune Reporter Leaves, WBEZ Reporter Doing NYC Fellowship
The Sun-Times' Lauren Fitzpatrick is back from maternity leave for a while now, but the media coverage of CPS remains in flux as we head into 2014-2015: ...