Posts in category "Communities & CBOs"

Little League Kids Mostly Attend Magnets, Charters

Little League Kids Mostly Attend Magnets, Charters
Karen Lewis' media tour continues. PURE's Julie Woestehoff has moved on.  Jackie Robinson West kids mostly attend magnet and charter schools. South and West Side violence has deep effects on those who experience the trauma. CPS won't delay high school start times despite what pediatricians say. The Tribune finds some of Urban Prep's grads but can't find out how well the class of 2010 has done. Five rounds of testing in a suburban kindergarten is too much, says a teacher. Also -- how's it going for charter school teachers and parents so far...

Neighborhood Schools Vs. Choice?

Neighborhood Schools Vs. Choice?
WBEZ's follow-up choice story is out -- this time focusing on the decline in kids attending neighborhood magnet schools.  What do you think -- is choice bad, or are neighborhood schools not worth saving? Plus more from Catalyst about truancy, news about state troopers coming to Chicago to help improve safety, school-level news (ChiArts, Canter, Englewood), and some trash talking from CTU president Karen Lewis (who has apparently blocked me)...

"You Don't Really Know Us," Say CPS Kids

"You Don't Really Know Us," Say CPS Kids
Today's news roundup include information about the pension deposit SNAFU, more about Quinn's union endorsements, a bit of followup on the Simeon program cuts. We already knew that "Chicagoland" included staged scenes, but now we find out that one of the students featured in the documentary  was shot and wounded. There was an NPR segment about the "you don't know us" letter written by some Chicago students, and lots of recommendations from the big truancy report. Thanks for all the comments over the weekend -- even the crazy ones...
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Did You Feel Safe This Year?

Did You Feel Safe This Year?
So it was the safest year ever, according to CPS statistics -- but CTU and others say that the numbers are off.  Who do you think is right?  Plus a new budget from CPS, and funding for Rahm's new Super PAC. Also: I'm off tomorrow and part of next week.  Have a great (and safe) Fourth Of July Weekend...

What's Going On At De Diego?

What's Going On At De Diego?
After a few days of rumors, news broke last night that the administrators at De Diego had been removed over accusations that they were juking enrollment stats.  Know anything about it, or if it's happening in other schools? Plus, more news and speculation about Karen Lewis For Mayor, and national news about a new coalition of diverse charter schools that's been formed...

Let's Talk About Lindblom

Let's Talk About Lindblom
Lindblom High has been getting lots of positive attention recently, including a Golden Apple award for Principal Mather, feature coverage from Catalyst’s Sarah Karp (A Chicago High School Moves To Head Of Class), and this column from Andy Shaw (A South Side success story). The gist of it all is that Lindblom has rebounded from the... Read more »
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Memorable James Deanes Moments?

Memorable James Deanes Moments?
I’ve been talking to various folks who knew James Deanes (RIP) — apparently Vallas spoke at the funeral service and there’s going to be a larger memorial event next month —  but also realized that some of you who read this blog might have your own memorable moments (pleasant or difficult) with him — encounters... Read more »

What Next For Gresham?

What Next For Gresham?
Back from the education writers conference in Nashville, here are today's education news stories -- including plans for 125 S. Clark Street, a new report from CTU, updates on the dispute at Gresham, and a story of a parent who beat the odds and won the "CPS lottery."  More national news and updates from other cities as well...

"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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Gentrification ≠ Middle Class

Gentrification ≠ Middle Class
Some cities like DC and Chicago and NYC are way more appealing than they used to be and gentrifying like mad despite the Great Recession, but that doesn't mean the middle class is coming back...