Posts in category "Foundation Follies"

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...

"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)...
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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...

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 »
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Harvard Profs Tout UChicago Charters

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Two Harvard professors have written a new book focused on efforts to reduce inequality in American society and in this Atlantic Education page essay they include the UChicago charter network among three programs doing a notably good job educating low-income students (How Public Schools Can Fight Back Against Inequality)...

Jail Time For Faking Address?

Jail Time For Faking Address?
Illinois is one of 8 states where parents can go to jail for faking a child’s address in order to get a better education, according to this map from Al Jazeera America.  But has that happened anywhere near here? I don’t know.  There was a much-publicized case in Ohio a few years ago.  More recently,... Read more »

Testing, 1-2-3

Testing, 1-2-3
The Internet ate the morning news roundup -- I'll try and get it reconstructed later today.  Meantime, here's some more news on last week's now-revised TeachPlus report on district testing burdens plus what's going on in other parts of the country around testing time and information-gathering...
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What Next For Charters?

What Next For Charters?
Chicago is considering opening more charters next year even as some charter networks like UNO have struggled with conflicts and nepotism and the district has been shrinking.  Could the solutions to the current situation include both tighter financial safeguards and additional funding for charter school facility costs...