Posts in category "Principals & Admins"

Dismal CPS College Grad Rate Rises

Dismal CPS College Grad Rate Rises
Today's big education news is a UofC report showing that college graduation rates for CPS students are up -- dramatically -- but still aren't nearly as high as they need to be. Different news outlets frame the report differently --it's interesting to see.  Nationally, administrators have come out against using value-added scores for teacher evaluation, and NOLA teachers who lost their jobs after Katrina are running out of legal options...

Report: CPS Leads Way On Testing Transparency

Report: CPS Leads Way On Testing Transparency
There's no shortage of things going wrong in CPS, and writing about even occasional or partial successes seems like it's gone out of style among education reporters in town, but a new report from a Hillary Clinton-affiliated DC think tank has the gall to single out CPS for praise when it comes to transparency and information provided to parents and the public around -- yes! -- district testing practices...

What I Learned This Weekend

What I Learned This Weekend
Over the weekend, commenters debated Lewis's possible mayoral candidacy, CPS's residency rules, and the "Lazy 11" (who knew?). Today's news includes reaction from CTU on the layoffs, advice from Crain's about a Lewis candidacy, and a new award for a Chopin teacher.  Nationally, the Supreme Court could end mandatory union dues for teachers and other public employees, and Newark superintendent Cami Anderson has been given an extension on her contract...
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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 »

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.  ...
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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...

Principals Ruled - Or Ruling - By Fear?

Principals Ruled - Or Ruling - By Fear?
Byrd-Bennett says she's going to look into the notion that principals can't speak out.  Waldorf wants Stewart building.  Rahm struggles in the polls.  Nationally, two new studies are out (covering pre-K access and VAM programs), and San Jose wants to but can't extend its pre-tenure period for some teachers.  Check it all out -- and comments, too...

"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)...
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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...