Posts in category "125 S. Clark Street"

Byrd-Bennett Under Investigation

Byrd-Bennett Under Investigation
The big news of the day is the Federal investigation of CPS and Byrd-Bennett, and the news that CPS insiders are discussing an interim to replace Byrd-Bennett until the investigation is complete. Then there's financial news related to ISBE, Rauner, and Rahm. Meanwhile, 3 states halted Common Core testing because of computer problems, and New Jersey reported statewide opt-outs ranging from 4 to 15 percent, and Hillary Clinton talked Common Core in Iowa...

Will Spring Break Voting Day Affect Outcome?

Will Spring Break Voting Day Affect Outcome?
It's a hodge-podge of education news today, including more about Dyett High School, "Get Schooled" activities in Chicago, Aurora kids killed in car accident, etc.  Remember that you can check for updates during the day at @district299 on Twitter or on the D299 Facebook page. Sometimes things come in after the roundup -- like yesterday, when I came across a Mike Miner column in The Reader that noted that the April 7 runoff is in the middle of spring break, which could affect turnout and other aspects of the election. (What do you think?)...

CPS Reverses Course On Common Core Testing - Gives Chuy Major Issue Against City Hall

CPS Reverses Course On Common Core Testing - Gives Chuy Major Issue Against City Hall

In a complete but not entirely unexpected reversal, CPS announced that it would require all schools to administer the new Common Core assessment next week, as required by the state and the USDE as a condition of funding. Sun Times here passes along speculation that the previous position was a City Hall-inspired effort to win votes from mostly white liberal parents concerned about overtesting for last week's election (in which case Rahm just gave his opponents a big issue). The Tribune here notes that technological limits are not the issue for most Chicago schools, and that CPS was under repeated funding threats from the state (though I'm not sure anyone believed CPS would be defunded over Common Core)...

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Runoffs, Common Core Confusion, DeBlasio Against Elected School Board, & Discipline Complaints

Runoffs, Common Core Confusion, DeBlasio Against Elected School Board, & Discipline Complaints
Today's news includes lots about the coming runoffs for City Hall and City Council seats, plus more immediate concerns like WTF is going on with CPS and the Common Core assessment, and how are teachers supposed to keep order with the new discipline policy but no new resources to go with?  Also, Hancock isn't even open but it's already #6 on the SE HS applications list, and NYC's liberal mayor just proposed making mayoral control permanent...

Closed For Cold, Piling On Rauner Budget

Closed For Cold, Piling On Rauner Budget
Today's education news: School's closed (it's cold!). Alternative programs fueling spike in graduation rate may not be high-quality. Everybody hates the Rauner budget -- Rahm and CTU agree for once. Emanuel's winning (Obama's coming). Als0: Los Angeles may be heading towards a Chicago-style teachers strike. All this and more below. ...

Acceptance Letters, Possible Strike

Acceptance Letters, Possible Strike
The big news of the day for some parents is that selective enrollment letters are coming out this Friday. For the rest of us, it's probably the news that Chuy Garcia says a strike is likely if Rahm is re-elected (which polls say is increasingly likely), that the Rauner budget might include a school funding increase, and that Illinois is thinking about tightening vaccination requirements for teachers as well as kids. All of this and more is below, and throughout the day at @district299 and on Facebook...
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CTU Blames Rahm For Jackie Robinson West

CTU Blames Rahm For Jackie Robinson West
Today's news includes a few campaign updates, more about the Jackie Robinson West debacle (lawyers, CTU opportunism), and a report about what Louisiana is planning to do with districts that don't administer the Common Core assessment (give them zeroes). In better news, Louder Than A Bomb 2015 is coming, and the former CPS headquarters might be turned into a food truck(?)...

About That Board Meeting Room!

About That Board Meeting Room!
Substance wonders why the dailies' coverage of the Board meeting differed so much. The Tribune editorial page favors the current appointed Board setup. (Is the new Board meeting room really as small as it looks here? Apparently so.). Plus: IL charters get ranked (via Catalyst), CPS sells buildings (via Tribune). Lewis tells about discovering she was ill -- and other things (via Tribune). Elsewhere: NYC charters do better than district schools at keeping SPED kids, says a new report. Measles have spread from Southern California to Arizona...

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. ...
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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...