Posts in category "School Life / Pop Culture"

First-Day Attendance Was Up (So What?)

First-Day Attendance Was Up (So What?)
Just as CPS is approving more Safe Passage schools, fighting and after-school violence breaks out at a couple of schools.  Meanwhile, CPS announces first-day attendance figures -- Catalyst points out that the number is always somehow higher than the previous year (and is mostly symbolic, anyway). Elsewhere, EdWeek ponders the education impact of Obama Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced his retirement.  And a new report from NYC finds that only about 5 percent of high-poverty schools have student proficiency rates above 50 percent. ...

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...

More White Kids For Elite Schools

More White Kids For Elite Schools
That plan to replace the deseg consent degree has led to more white students getting top spots at top CPS high schools, says the Sun-Times. Longtime education reporter (Tribune, Wall Street Journal) Stephanie Banchero is joining the Joyce Foundation. RIP, Jackie Gallagher. Grad rates are up nationally. See it all below (and throughout the day at District299)...
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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...

A School Named Obama!?

A School Named Obama!?
Mayor Emanuel announced plans to build a new $60 million school named after the current President, using TIF funding.  But not everyone thinks it’s a good idea. What do you think? For starters, there are already lots of schools named after Obama, and some of them aren’t particularly high-performing ones.  An informal and entirely unconfirmed... Read more »

"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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Nobody Ever Geting Into College Again

Nobody Ever Geting Into College Again
So the "new" SAT sample questions are out -- new format, scoring, etc. -- but who cares since only 5 percent of applicants got into Stanford this year?  No one's ever getting into college again...

Where Teachers Come From [Economically]

Where Teachers Come From [Economically]
The folks over at Planet Money took a look at where different professions come from (in terms of household income when they were growing up) and where they end up. Teachers, for example, come from homes just below the 60th percentile, and then earn incomes that are roughly at the 65th percentile.  [Red box at... Read more »

A "Hunger Games" For 8th Graders

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Not sure what to do with Spring Break?  Here's the first of a new digital reality series from WTTW called Central Standard, in which we are introduced to a diverse group of high-achieving 8th graders from around the city who are trying to get into some of Chicago's best (and most over-popular) high schools.  ...
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If They Can Fake Crime Stats....

If They Can Fake Crime Stats....
Chicago Magazine’s latest story about the precipitous drop in homicide stats during 2013 is alarming for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the realization that it’s pretty easy to juke crime statistics without generating much attention (and if it’s easy to reclassify murders as natural deaths then you can only imagine what’s... Read more »