Posts in category "Teachers & Teaching"

Will Lewis' Impact Continue?

Will Lewis' Impact Continue?
It's a grab-bag of news today, including In These Times' reflections on the impact of Karen Lewis, a belated Tribune story on the departure of Winkler (or maybe just an errant RSS feed), and a Sun Times' piece on clout contractors getting CPS contracts despite a ban. That documentary about school closings is premiering. Nationally, the teachers unions are making a big $60 million play on the November midterm elections, and opinions vary on why Deasy left LAUSD. What else? Let us know in comments below or on Twitter at @district299 or Facebook...

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...

Lewis Hands Over CTU Reins - What Next?*

Lewis Hands Over CTU Reins - What Next?*
*Correction: The original version of this headline, Lewis Steps Down - What Next? -- wasn't accurate. The big news of the past 24 hours is that Karen Lewis has handed control of the CTU over and that we don't know much more about her health and that she has a serious illness of some kind. What happens next -- for Lewis, for CTU, or the mayoral race -- is something nobody really seems to know much about.  Check out coverage from the Tribune, Sun Times, and pretty much everyone else below.  What do you think happens next?  The mayoral race implications are pretty clear, but how will CTU and CPS be affected?  ...
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Lewis Health Update This Afternoon, Says CTU

Lewis Health Update This Afternoon, Says CTU
There's supposed to be an update on Karen Lewis this afternoon, but otherwise no news that I can find. Meanwhile, City Hall plans to expand pre-K are getting fleshed out (it's been very popular in NYC, where Mayor de Blasio made it a central campaign pledge). Catalyst has a story about student fees that I'm sure is very good though I think I remember seeing a version in the Sun-Times or Tribune earlier this year (anyone remember?). Check it all out below.  Crossed fingers (and prayers, if that's your thing) for Lewis...

Karen Lewis Hospitalized

Karen Lewis Hospitalized
Today's news: We still don't know much more about Karen Lewis being hospitalized but hopefully the news will be good. Meanwhile, DNA Info has the story on progressives' attempts to get movement on an elected school board, and Catalyst updates on LBGT groups at CPS high schools.  Nationally, Philly teachers and administrators are battling over health benefits, SAT scores remain flat (in part because more students are taking them), and the PBS NewsHour notes that many community colleges are now offering four-year degrees and attracting top students...

More Subs -- Plus Fioretti/Lewis Alliance?

More Subs -- Plus Fioretti/Lewis Alliance?
Welcome back -- happy Monday.  Today's news includes increased use of substitute teachers, a slew of stories about Lewis/Fioretti/Emanuel (and the school formerly known as Obama High).  Late night host Jimmy Fallon is coming to Chicago because of CPS students' reading scores (didn't know that). Plus national news, and other cities' news, and weekend comments about Winckler's depature and all sorts of other things commenters like to comment about. Image via Mean Girls (I think)...
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Former Duncan Staffer Starts New Group

Former Duncan Staffer Starts New Group
There’s a new, national education group launching today — and most of its main players are from or based in Chicago. Described as “a nonprofit group that plans to launch Tuesday with the aim of encouraging a more “respectful” and fact-based national discussion about the challenges of public education, and possible solutions,” the $12 million organization is funded... Read more »

Mayor Names New Education Deputy

Mayor Names New Education Deputy
Big news of the day is that Arnaldo Rivera will replace Beth Swanson as education deputy at City Hall -- anybody know or worked with him? Also: They're selling old CPS buildings.  There's a new principals' advocacy group. Roughly 900 CPS teachers aren't fully licensed -- and some unknown number are mismatched with their assignments.  What else -- you ready for the year to start yet...

No Tenure/Seniority Lawsuit For Illinois?

No Tenure/Seniority Lawsuit For Illinois?
The big news of the week so far nationally is that a second "Vergara" education lawsuit has been filed against tenure and seniority rules that were recently overturned (preliminarily) in California.  This time it was New York.  Several other states - but apparently not Illinois -- could be next. Either tenure and seniority aren't as much of a problem here as other places, or the state constitution isn't as conducive to these kinds of lawsuits, or both (anyone know)?) More locally, there's "next steps" news about Dyett, Simeon -- and a handful of comments yesterday about Ray Salazar's blog post about sorting -- but nothing earth-shattering...
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Teachers Use Clout, Too

Teachers Use Clout, Too
Today's news roundup includes more about a Karen Lewis run for mayor (and just how hard it would be for her to win) and a cringe-inducing story about some IL teachers using clout for certification and licensing.  National news includes the wrap-up of the AFT convention in LA and an interview with the New Yorker writer who got inside one of the Atlanta cheating schools to learn more about the personal and professional motivations...