Posts in category "The World Outside CPS"

Today In CPS: Obama Speech, CTU Reversal, Elected Board

Today In CPS: Obama Speech, CTU Reversal, Elected Board
Welcome back! The latest education news includes a Chicago kid who's going to be at the State of the Union tonight (the one who wrote Santa about school safety), a CTU reversal on its Bridgeport aldermanic endorsement (Thompson to Sullivan), and some protests in favor of an elected school board over MLK Day Weekend. There's also going to be lots of education in the Obama SOTU speech tonight, including new efforts to address student data privacy. Plus more in comments, on Twitter (@district299), and on Facebook (here). ...

A Charter Moratorium For IL?

A Charter Moratorium For IL?
Two weeks ahead of the midterm elections, the big issues between Quinn and Rauner seem to be charter schools and education funding.  Quinn thinks there should be a moratorium on new charters in the state, and argues that he's increased funding by half a million since 2009.  Rauner opposes a moratorium on charters and claims that Quinn's budgets have seen education funding drop. Would you support Rauner (or Quinn) based on the charter moratorium idea? Nationally, all eyes are on the California state superintendent's race, which pits a reform Democrat against a union-allied one, and on LAUSD's new superintendent of the moment, Ramon Cortines...

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...
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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...

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...

Elected School Boards No Better

Elected School Boards No Better
Elected school boards don't make any difference, reports the Sun Times and EdWeek. They've found Betty Howard's killer, apparently.  Little Black Pearl gets featured on the PBS NewsHour. The Robeson prom flyer includes a glaring typo. Principal LaRaviere for Mayor, suggests the Reader. Plus nationally more states are reconsidering teacher job protections (even before this week's lawsuit decision in California)...
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CA Tenure Case, Common Core Delay?

CA Tenure Case, Common Core Delay?
There's lots of CPS news today - it's the last week of classes, right? -- but the big education news is national -- a California judge's decision in the Vergara case ruling that some aspects of teacher tenure and LIFO are discriminatory and the Gates Foundation's announcement that it supports a two-year moratorium on high-stakes uses of Common Core results -- which Arne Duncan and the state chiefs don't necessarily think is a good idea. Will the Vergara decision affect other states like Illinois? Ditto re a Common Core delay...

Here Come School-Level PISA Scores!?

Here Come School-Level PISA Scores!?
For over a decade now, PISA scores have allowed international comparisons of student achievement but that was about it.  One nation could be compared to the other, or at best subnations like Shanghai could (controversially) be compared.  More recently, however, individual US states have started signing up for their own PISA scores — FL, MA,... Read more »

Houston Lawsuit, NYC Contract, & SE Admissions Hearings

Houston Lawsuit, NYC Contract, & SE Admissions Hearings
Lots of education news -- but the biggest might be from Houston (where they're suing to stop evaluation) and NYC (where they just got a 18 percent/9 year deal).  Locally, there are going to be some hearings about SE high schools (as there should be, right?) and there's another proposal from CTU to raise some taxes but not property taxes. Take a look -it's all below...
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National: Republican Divide Over Common Core

National: Republican Divide Over Common Core
Republican infighting over Common Core makes the Democratic division look small.  Looking back at Columbine, 15 years later.  Field trips -- just for teachers? Here's a roundup of national education news for everyone to check out. You can get more national education news below (and throughout the day at @alexanderrusso)...