Posts in category "ISBE / Springfield"

Should Rauner Nix Common Core?

Should Rauner Nix Common Core?
A lot of conservatives and some liberals hate the Common Core -- CTU is dead set against it (though helping teachers get up to speed on it) -- so maybe they'll like it if Gov-elect Rauner pulls the plug on the new standards, as he appeared interested in doing at one point not too long ago.  But what about most of the rest of people in CPS -- would getting rid of Common Core be helpful at this point? Read all about Rauner and the rest of today's CPS-related news below, then tell us what you think Rauner should do...

Huberman Joins Rauner Transition

Huberman Joins Rauner Transition
Happy Friday!  Today's news roundup includes Ron Huberman being named to the Rauner transition team (and why Quinn/Vallas lost), more about the CTU endorsement of Chuy Garcia over Bob Fioretti, and a slew of stories about a new 34-school effort called The Success Project that UChicago is going to oversee.  Plus lots of comments about whether to blame CTU for ruined vacation plans, and whether Rauner et al will ban strikes by teachers (which is apparently something that only 12 states still allow)...

Embattled Charters - For Now

Embattled Charters - For Now
The gist of the two panels I participated in at the INCS statewide conference yesterday was just how embattled the charter movement feels these days -- and may continue to feel even in Bruce Rauner wins the governorship.  Whether charter supporters should feel bad, or will continue to do so, is another question. In some ways, it was an echo of the feeling I got at the recent PIE Network annual summit held here last month, about which I keep meaning to write but haven't yet. Read on for some observations and links, then feel free to share your insights or experiences.  ...
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CPS Releases NWEA Scores - But Not ISATs

CPS Releases NWEA Scores - But Not ISATs
Big news of the day is the release of the latest NWEA scores -- which are up in many ways -- but not the ISATs, which have gotten harder and probably didn't come out as well. Also big is the return of Karen Lewis from vacation, doing the media rounds to fan speculation about her mayoral run...

Union Fails To Pass Charter Commission Revamp

Union Fails To Pass Charter Commission Revamp
Today's news: House blocks union-backed charter school commission overhaul.  Critics slam CPS "accounting adjustment." Chicago Mag debunks falling crime stats.  Nationally: Anyone can try Common Core field tests now. GW Bush laments criticism of high standards for all kids. See it all below...

More Dough For Schools, District?

More Dough For Schools, District?
Today's news: CPS increases per-student funding (sort of). Funding equity bill advances in Springfield.  As does pension reform (will Quinn sign it)? Turnaround opponents keep up the heat. Jose Rico returns to join United Way.  Nationally: Gallup poll finds stressed teachers.  Officials unsure why PA student went on knife rampage...
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Charter Parents Rally Against Springfield

Charter Parents Rally Against Springfield
Wednesday's news includes coverage of the charter school rally yesterday (can they pull off what NY charter advocates pulled off?), some LSC upsets (everyone's out at Ray), and new tweaks to the selective enrollment process for private school kids (among other things). A seniority layoff lawsuit in LA has been settled.  Commenters continue to argue whether charter or CTU parents should serve on LSCs...

State Scraps Testing Reqs (Too Many White Teachers)

State Scraps Testing Reqs (Too Many White Teachers)
The state's scrapped minimum test scores for teachers (84 percent of current teachers are white).  North Lawndale needs Legacy charter school.  Chicagoland nails Chicago.  How can unions win? "Accidental" application for Howard Ave alternative school.  Plus lots of national news and other cities (and Chicago education news all day at @district299)...

Save Charter Commission, Says Sun-Times

Save Charter Commission, Says Sun-Times
Today’s news: The Sun Times editorial page opposes bill to gut the state charter school commission. There are still tons of LSCs that need volunteers.  Pritzker administrators gave out an ISAT survey that some parents found disturbing. CNN’s reality series about Chicago premiered last night, including several school stories. A formerly homeless Chicago teen revealed... Read more »
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Most States Don't Allow Opt-Outs [But Parents Still Can Do It]

Most States Don't Allow Opt-Outs [But Parents Still Can Do It]
I still don't quite understand how testing opponents (CTU, MTAS, PURE, etc.) didn't figure out ahead of time that all the opt out forms they were getting parents to sign didn't have any real legal basis.  Maybe they found out about it and guessed (correctly) that any last-minute "revelation" like we had on Monday would distract from the relatively paltry numbers (compared to their campaign effort) and make CPS and ISBE look bad.  Maybe they were caught by surprise (like I was) and simply made lemonade out of lemons. About CPS, well, that's a whole other sad story that others have already told...