Posts in category "Media Watch"

Teacher Pushes Back On WBEZ "Sorting" Story

Teacher Pushes Back On WBEZ "Sorting" Story
There's lots of commentary about the just-passed CPS budget -- was it a stopgap measure, or an out and out gimmick? Plus there's the departure of the Ogden principal for ... well, you know. Most interesting to me in today's roundup is Ray Salazar's blog post pushing back against the recent WBEZ data story about high school sifting, which most took as an indictment of the system through which many CPS students no longer attend their neighborhood high schools.  ...

Payton Not A Diversity Model, Says Estvan

Payton Not A Diversity Model, Says Estvan
In response to yesterday's NYT oped from Rick Kahlenberg touting the Chicago model of income-based diversity enhancement, longtime Chicago special education advocate Rod Estvan wrote the following rebuttal suggesting that Chicago's results from the Kahlenberg plan (for Walter Payton in particular) haven't been all that good -- the percentage of students from low-income families has actually gone down from a decade ago. "Payton’s admission system which is in part based on census tracts is being advantaged by the middle class and even wealthier families who live in enclaves within overall poorer community census tracts."  What do you think? See the full Estvan response below the fold...

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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Next Year It's Chicago

Next Year It's Chicago
There was lots of Chicago-related action at the annual Education Writers Association conference #EWA14 in Nashville this year.  First and foremost, EWA announced that the UofC would host next year’s conference.  Former CPS head Arne Duncan was there, along with AFT head Randi Weingarten.  There were at least two Sun-Times journos (Dan and Kate), and... Read more »

Is Raviere Independent Or Merely Opposed?

Is Raviere Independent Or Merely Opposed?
Lots more about Blaine's principal, Troy LaRaviere in the Reader, Sun-Times, and on Chicago Tonight. (See my thoughts below.) Plus pensions, CPS apologizing for that racist test question, and national news focusing on charters, equity, data privacy, and Newark.  ...

WBEZ: District High Schools Dominate Suspensions

WBEZ: District High Schools Dominate Suspensions
Today's news: There's more back and forth over the voice of principals and who's to blame for stifling it. WBEZ notes that the schools that suspend the most are mostly district high schools "only a few are charters." Passages wants to expand in Andersonville.Meanwhile, there's a new Mayor in Newark (parallels to Chicago there?) and a Gates-funded study suggests that value-added teacher evaluation systems don't work very well. Check it all out below and in comments...
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Banchero Heads To Joyce

Banchero Heads To Joyce
News came out Monday morning that veteran education reporter Stephanie Banchero, the WSJ's  lead national writer, was leaving her job to join the Chicago-based Joyce Foundation as a senior program officer. You may recall that the Chicago-based Banchero wrote a long, gripping series about the NCLB transfer option for the Chicago Tribune.  She also won a Knight Journalism Fellowship in 2008-2009 (which allowed me to become a Spencer Fellow), and helped the national Education Writers Association upgrade and expand its operations. More details about her departure and what she's going to be doing at Joyce are below...

Lots Of "Chicagoland" Was Staged (Duh.)

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News from the Tribune via a FOIA request and 700 emails is that lots of parts of "Chicagoland" were staged  (or at least pre-arranged) rather than observed -- including MRE appearances at Fenger, some of the coverage of the school closing decisions, meetings with Byrd-Bennett, and even those heart-warming moments with intern Martell Cowan. The production team requested things from City Hall, and City Hall went along. CPS and CPD have thus far declined to respond to FOIA requests as City Hall has done.  More details below.  I know you're probably not surprised -- some aspects were clearly staged (like the MRE-Dozier phone call) and the amount of access was way higher than anything City Hall would have given to the Tribune's reporters (or anyone else's) -- but are you upset...

Turnarounds, "On Track" Report, NCLB Windfall?

Turnarounds, "On Track" Report, NCLB Windfall?
Today's education news roundup: The Board voted to turn the three schools around. There's a new "On Track" study out from the UofC (and Rand Paul was at the Institute of Politics talking education). Tyler and Ed are bickering in comments. Has anyone figured out yet how much money CPS will get to use thanks to the recent NCLB waiver that ISBE (finally) received -- and what it's going to do with it? Meantime, polls skew strongly in favor of the Common Core in liberal California, and Newark mayoral contenders fight to replace Cory Booker and his reform agenda...
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"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)...