Posts in category "Communities & CBOs"

"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)...

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...

"Last Chance High" (Montefiore)

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It’s been  quieter year, violence-wise, than previous years, but there’s still lots of school left to go. And things can get pretty heated in classrooms and hallways that don’t necessarily show up in official crime statistics (or even CPS stats that are posted in each month’s Board report).  With that in mind, here’s the first... Read more »
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Does AUSL Really Mean "Privatization"?

Does AUSL Really Mean "Privatization"?
CPS is gearing up for spring break (safety). Some North Lawndale parents don't want an AUSL turnaround (which WBEZ describes as privatization). Foundations and school support groups can create $2,000 per kid inequities among schools, says a new report (focusing on CA). Seven parents opted out of the state tests in Philly, reports the City Paper there. The Kalamzoo Promise has spread to 30 cities nationwide, reports Politico...

"Harper High" Wins Peabody Award

"Harper High" Wins Peabody Award
This year’s Peabody Awards include This American Life’s Harper High School (featuring Chicago Public Radio’s Linda Lutton and Alex Kotlowitz, among others) and PBS’s 180 Days: A Year Inside a [DC] High School. Congrats to all for the much-deserved recognition. However, the celebration is necessarily bittersweet, given the difficult lives that are being chronicled in both cases. (Or, as Lutton put... Read more »

Lessons From Beverly?

Lessons From Beverly?
There’s a WBEZ story online from Natalie Moore [@natalieymoore] about Beverly you might find interesting to read.  It’s part of the Curious City series, and asks how Beverly became and remains integrated while most other South Side neighborhoods experienced so much white flight — especially without an anchor university.  Or, is Beverly’s diversity an outdated myth of... Read more »
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"Chicagoland" Features Fenger HS

"Chicagoland" Features Fenger HS
Did you watch Chicagoland last night? What'd you think? Here's three minutes from the show, focusing on Fenger's Principal Dozier (including a staged call between her and MRE). Or read more about the show here...

What To Do With Pope Building?

What To Do With Pope Building?
Today's education news includes possible charter placements in closed CPS school buildings (North Lawndale's Pope) more on teacher pensions, and another blog post about Toni Preckwinkle's possible run against Rahm. Elsewhere: A mom takes the SAT. Oregon tries to hold onto its NCLB waiver. DC schools try to get students to apply to college...

Rahm's Incomplete Education

Rahm's Incomplete Education
Take a look at Neil Steinberg's profile of Rahm Emanuel -- "the nation's reigning mayor" now that Bloomberg is gone --  in the latest Esquire if you want to read some familiar but still juicy descriptions of the much-discussed Emanuel-Lewis relationship (he admits to swearing at her but claims they hugged at the end of the meeting), some political analysis about his opponents' chances of unseating him (slim to none), and -- my favorite part -- a description of Rahm guest teaching a class (Greeley Elementary). Best sentence from the whole piece? "Many politicians clutch at the concept of “the children,” but Rahm grabs them like human shields." Other favorites from the story below the fold...
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A Criminal -- And A Victim

A Criminal -- And A Victim
Medium is a relatively new site with a mix of in-house and outside contributions, and there are occasionally posts related to education and/or Chicago.  One of them I recently came across, written by @bensk, is called The Conspiratorial Racism of White People, who describes being contacted by lawyers from the City of Chicago about an article he'd written about a student who'd been killed by CPD in 2010 -- one of four Hyde park Academy seniors killed that April (among 27 CPS students killed and 218 shot in 2010...