Posts in category "Events & Deadlines"

Time To Say Goodbye

Time To Say Goodbye
As some of you may have already noticed, I’m shutting down District 299. I created the blog way back in the day (2005) when when I realized that Chicago educators didn’t care much about national news and national educators didn’t care much about Chicago.At the time, I was running a weekly email newsletter rounding up local... Read more »

Union Heads & Ravitch Meet In Chicago

Union Heads & Ravitch Meet In Chicago
Happy Monday -- the big news of the weekend is the gathering of AFT, NEA, and CTU heads in Chicago for Diane Ravitch's NPE conference.  There was some (half-hearted?) talk about a national teachers strike, lots of speculati0n about how the SUPES story got out after the runoff, and an interesting line from CTU head Karen Lewis about how CTU got spanked after the strike with the 50 school closings.  Plus national news, all below...

Welcome Back (You Didn't Miss Much)

Welcome Back (You Didn't Miss Much)
Welcome back! Everyone's still talking about last week's runoff election and what (if anything) it means for education. Meantime, there's a new documentary about homeless high school kids in Chicago, a new contract for City Hall critic principal LaRaviere. Nationally, it's testing week for New York, and the Atlanta educators are to be sentenced this morning...
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Rahm Calls Karen (Finally)

Rahm Calls Karen (Finally)
So Rahm finally picked up the phone and called Karen Lewis, and both of them seemed very pleased to let everybody know about it. Meanwhile, folks are divided about Spike Lee's new project, Chiraq, which will focus on violence and safety. Nationally, Florida is rolling back some of its testing and New York is going to join DC and Toledo in having outsiders help evaluate teachers...

A School Year Swallowed By An Election

A School Year Swallowed By An Election
Today's news: AFT president Randi Weingarten spoke at the City Club yesterday (Karen Lewis was there!). Reactions to Phil Ponce's gang questions during the WTTW debate have been loud and strong. The BGA is suing a charter network for not responding to a FOIA request. It feels like the whole year has been consumed by the City Hall campaign. Kids were going to school and getting taught, right? Image via ...

You Can Make It!

You Can Make It!
Three days until Spring Break.  Less than a week until Election Day, including both the top race and two educator-candidates for alderman. The Tribune says Rahm is way ahead, but CTU/Robin Lake say it's too close to call. Vacant schools are still going unused, by and large, reports Catalyst.Meanwhile, nationally, there's a new teacher evaluation system in NY state, and 5 early bird waivers from NCLB from EdSec Duncan...
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Two Weeks To Go!

Two Weeks To Go!
Today's news roundup includes an update on PARCC testing, news that CPS is selling its first bonds since 2013, conflict at Lincoln Square, and word from Lakeview HS that they're not doing the principal survey.  What else? Or is everyone just holding on for Spring Break and/or obsessed with the looming runoff (two weeks from today)...

In Reversal, Meeks Endorses Rahm

In Reversal, Meeks Endorses Rahm
Welcome back! The political news includes Meeks' turnaround endorsement of Mayor Rahm (he opposed him in 2011), plus the financial downgrade for CPS (again).  In the "other" CPS, CPS Obsessed has threads going on magnets, classicals, and gifteds. Kate Grossman has won a UofC Fellowship. Beth Purvis is making $250,000 working for Rauner. More throughout the day at @district299 or on D299's Facebook page...

Fewer Suspensions - But Still Way Too Many

Fewer Suspensions - But Still Way Too Many
Happy Friday.  Today's CPS roundup: A new University of Chicago Report says suspensions and disciplinary referrals are down -- but still super high. A new report from Stanford says urban charters in some places do a better job educating poor minority kids - but also serve a different population. The Tribune fact-checks Chuy's claim that charters are elite private schools. Plus the return of the parent trigger (nationally) and Cuomo vs. De Blasio (in NY). More throughout the day at @district299 or on Facebook...
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Will Spring Break Voting Day Affect Outcome?

Will Spring Break Voting Day Affect Outcome?
It's a hodge-podge of education news today, including more about Dyett High School, "Get Schooled" activities in Chicago, Aurora kids killed in car accident, etc.  Remember that you can check for updates during the day at @district299 on Twitter or on the D299 Facebook page. Sometimes things come in after the roundup -- like yesterday, when I came across a Mike Miner column in The Reader that noted that the April 7 runoff is in the middle of spring break, which could affect turnout and other aspects of the election. (What do you think?)...