Category: Foundation Follies

Embattled Charters - For Now

Embattled Charters - For Now
The gist of the two panels I participated in at the INCS statewide conference yesterday was just how embattled the charter movement feels these days -- and may continue to feel even in Bruce Rauner wins the governorship.  Whether charter supporters should feel bad, or will continue to do so, is another question. In some ways, it was an echo of the feeling I got at the recent PIE Network annual summit held here last month, about which I keep meaning to write but haven't yet. Read on for some observations and links, then feel free to share your insights or experiences.  ...

Researcher Neglected To Disclose CTU Funded Charter Study - Reporters Neglected To Ask

Researcher Neglected To Disclose CTU Funded Charter Study - Reporters Neglected To Ask
That charter school study from a couple of days ago was apparently funded in large part by the Chicago Teachers Union -- something that wasn't disclosed in the report and wasn't picked up on by any of the media outlets who passed on its results until now.  The funding source doesn't necessarily undermine the results (though INCS and others have raised questions about the methodology), and Chicago's charters did better using Orfield's methodology than charters in New Orleans and Minneapolis.  But given all the scrutiny given to funding sources and disclosure in the media and by reform critics, disclosing the results -- and checking about the funding source -- would have made a lot of sense. Did anyone else but Hinz catch it...

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. ...
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Former Duncan Staffer Starts New Group

Former Duncan Staffer Starts New Group
There’s a new, national education group launching today — and most of its main players are from or based in Chicago. Described as “a nonprofit group that plans to launch Tuesday with the aim of encouraging a more “respectful” and fact-based national discussion about the challenges of public education, and possible solutions,” the $12 million organization is funded... Read more »

Next Year It's Chicago

Next Year It's Chicago
There was lots of Chicago-related action at the annual Education Writers Association conference #EWA14 in Nashville this year.  First and foremost, EWA announced that the UofC would host next year’s conference.  Former CPS head Arne Duncan was there, along with AFT head Randi Weingarten.  There were at least two Sun-Times journos (Dan and Kate), and... Read more »

Banchero Heads To Joyce

Banchero Heads To Joyce
News came out Monday morning that veteran education reporter Stephanie Banchero, the WSJ's  lead national writer, was leaving her job to join the Chicago-based Joyce Foundation as a senior program officer. You may recall that the Chicago-based Banchero wrote a long, gripping series about the NCLB transfer option for the Chicago Tribune.  She also won a Knight Journalism Fellowship in 2008-2009 (which allowed me to become a Spencer Fellow), and helped the national Education Writers Association upgrade and expand its operations. More details about her departure and what she's going to be doing at Joyce are below...
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"Chicagoland" Public Schools?*

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Last night the UofC Institute of Politics had a panel on Chicagoland's depiction of CPS.  Check it out and let us know what you thought -- or how your Spring Break is wrapping up. (A Look at Chicagoland Public Schools)...

A "Hunger Games" For 8th Graders

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Not sure what to do with Spring Break?  Here's the first of a new digital reality series from WTTW called Central Standard, in which we are introduced to a diverse group of high-achieving 8th graders from around the city who are trying to get into some of Chicago's best (and most over-popular) high schools.  ...

WBEZ's Lutton Wins Fellowship

WBEZ's Lutton Wins Fellowship
Fresh off the Peabody award win that she and others enjoyed for "Harper High School," Chicago Public Radio's Linda Lutton (not pictured) has been named one of three Spencer Education Journalism Fellows for 2014-2015, which provides funding and professional support during a yearlong program Columbia University's journalism school...
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New (Outside) Voices Next Week

New (Outside) Voices Next Week
Sick of a diet made up only of CPS, CTU-related, and BPI events and arguments?  Starting to think that City Hall and CTU are the are only two perspectives on what CPS should do, or are there only two sides to this argument to choose from?  You might want to check out this event next... Read more »