Category: Communities & CBOs

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 »

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 »
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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)...

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...
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"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 »

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 »
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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 »