Posts in category "Teachers & Teaching"

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)...

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...
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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...

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...

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...

Dyett Protests, Teacher Prep Report

Dyett Protests, Teacher Prep Report
Big news of the day locally is the protests over Dyett (plus maybe Catalyst's new chronic truancy data).  Big news of the day nationally (and statewide) is that teacher prep programs seem to be inadequate -- including alt cert programs. Oh, and everyone's trying to figure out where the next Vergara lawsuits will happen -- might be Minnesota. Check it all out below.  Also, I know some of you are still in meetings but what are your summer plans?  ...

There - That Year Wasn't So Bad, Was It?

There - That Year Wasn't So Bad, Was It?
Now that school's basically over, the Tribune looks back at the last nine months and suggests that it wasn't nearly as bad as anticipated (predicted) given that it's just a year since 50 schools were shut down. But who cares what the Tribune thinks -- how was it from your perspective? Plus news about Gresham, Common Core, and national and local news from other cities...
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Friday The 13th (For Unions?)

Friday The 13th (For Unions?)
Today's education news includes more about the FBI raids on Concept Schools, the rollout of the SXU dual enrollment deal for CPS high school students, and stolen New Trier identities.  Nationally, everyone's trying to figure out (make their case) about the Vergara decision limiting tenure and seniority protections in California.  Politico's story about the demise of unions is particularly bracing -- but may or may not be accurate. Meanwhile, it's Friday the 13th, full moon, Mercury in retrograde -- be careful out there...