Archive for December 2014

So Long, "District 299 Reader"

So Long, "District 299 Reader"
Starting sometime soon in the new year -- probably Friday or Monday - I'm going to switch this site's comments over to the Facebook format that most other sites on ChicagoNow (and other places) are using. Switching over means a lot of good things might happen -- like more comments from parents and students who live on Facebook and use their FB identities all the time -- plus just one obvious downside which is and end to the generic anonymous "District299 Reader" identity that some of you have used (and abused) for years...

Out With 2014- In With 2015

Out With 2014- In With 2015
Like last week, I’ll be sharing education news and views intermittently over the next three days, then shutting down for the rest of the week. You can read it all right here, or on Facebook (District 299), or directly on Twitter (@district299). Tweets about @district299 // Thanks to everyone who reads this blog, gets the... Read more »

Happy Holidays 2014!

Happy Holidays 2014!
Greetings from Boston. I’ll be sharing education news and views intermittently over the next three days, then shutting down for the rest of the week. You can read it all right here, or on Facebook (District 299), or directly on Twitter (@district299). Tweets about @district299 // Thanks to everyone who reads this blog, gets the... Read more »
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Let's Talk About Shedd, Dyett, & Kelvyn Park

Let's Talk About Shedd, Dyett, & Kelvyn Park
Happy Friday. Today's school news includes stories about the charter school given final approval for Austin, the Board's refusal to let someone buy now-empty Shedd, and a fascinating Catalyst map of where the Level 1 schools are (where the white kids are). Also, Dyett supporters are trying to get the RFP halted, and a CPS teacher was on WBEZ's StoryCorps, and there's tons of money in the Mayoral race. Elsewhere, NYC made a last-minute move to give charter schools more space to expand next year, and the Obama administration rolled out some of its ideas about rating colleges. ...

What Happened At The Board Meeting?

What Happened At The Board Meeting?
Today's school news includes coverage of the Board meeting (schools need nurses, protesters want an elected board), more news about the flu bug (has it hit your school yet?), and a new IB program for Pulaski (finally!).  Second City Teacher complains about the media coverage of education (Substance is down?). Elsewhere, the Minneapolis superintendent suddenly resigned earlier this week, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker softened his opposition to the Common Core being used in his state. Check it all out below, or find me at @district299 all day...

Wednesday Morning CPS News Roundup

Wednesday Morning CPS News Roundup
Today's school news includes more about the Englewood shooting of a student, flu outbreaks in CPS and elsewhere, union lawsuit against pension reform, and new efforts at teaching kids and adults to code.  National education news includes coverage of Jeb Bush's presidential aspirations and new ratings of teachers in New York showing the vast majority perform well. ...
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Student Killed On way To Johnson College Prep

Student Killed On way To Johnson College Prep
Today's CPS news: Sad story about a kid being killed for his jacket on the way to basketball practice. CTU is endorsing Arena for re-election, according to Progress Illinois. Second City Teacher wonders why CTU is endorsing problematic candidates. Catalyst reports that CPS recalculated school quality ratings without telling anyone (via LaRavierre & the Sun Times). Plus national news and education news from other cities. ...

Early Flu Season; AFT's $200K Garcia Gift

Early Flu Season; AFT's $200K Garcia Gift
Today's CPS news:  Everybody's got the flu (or at least it feels like it).  The AFT has given $200K to the Chuy Garcia campaign -- not the $1M promised to Karen Lewis. Gery Chico is endorsing his former rival, Mayor Emanuel. More kids are coding at school. Nationally, Arne Duncan joined students and educators at the big DC protest march over the weekend, and lots less kids are being held back than before the recession (down from 3 percent to 1.5 percent nationally)...

Proposals Lack Budget Specifics, Copy CTU Priorities

Proposals Lack Budget Specifics, Copy CTU Priorities
Today's news includes a closer look at some of the City Hall challengers' CPS-related proposals, noting (in WBEZ) that in some cases they closely resemble CTU priorities and in others (Tribune) they lack any realistic spending offsets or revenue increases to pay for extras and cover current deficits. Elsewhere, there's more money for school Internet access being provided, and the new math is a struggle for students and teachers in Texas...
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Why Do Critics Slam "Serial" But Not "Harper High"?

Why Do Critics Slam "Serial" But Not "Harper High"?
In case you hadn't heard, This American Life spinoff "Serial" is a big hit.  But it's increasingly facing a major backlash, focused in part on the fact that the reporting team behind the piece is all white and the main characters are minorities. However, a very similarly popular show by This American Life last year focusing on Harper High school in Chicago generated little such concern. White reporters? Check. Set in and around a high school? Check. Minority community? Check. Widespread acclaim? Check...