Category: The World Outside CPS

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 »

LA Teacher Videotaped Fighting In Class

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What do you think? An LA science teacher (and wrestling coach) was videotaped tackling a student, assailed by administrators for putting hands on a kid, and then defended by many students online. Video above.  Link to the LA Times story here.  

Learning From NYC

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It’s a die-hard liberal Chicagoan’s fantasy: liberal mayor elected to office with a mandate to make preschool universal and rein in charter schools.  (Elected school board? Not so much.) But then it turns out that some of the charter schools are doing really well, and parents without better options really don’t care what the schools... Read more »
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Indiana Drops Out Of Common Core

Indiana Drops Out Of Common Core
Here's today's CPS news, plus other cities and national coverage.  The most interesting items to me are the wave of Common Core field testing that's going on nationally (and in Illinois) as well as the formal withdrawal of Indiana from the Common Core that leaves classroom teachers in the lurch while lawmakers come up with alternative standards that are very likely to be similar to the dismissed ones. What else am I missing...

New (Outside) Voices Next Week

New (Outside) Voices Next Week
Sick of a diet made up only of CPS, CTU-related, and BPI events and arguments?  Starting to think that City Hall and CTU are the are only two perspectives on what CPS should do, or are there only two sides to this argument to choose from?  You might want to check out this event next... Read more »

Union Spending Still Eclipses Reformers'

Union Spending Still Eclipses Reformers'
The unions — and often the media — like to focus on how much reformers are spending on campaigns and elections, and how the money is coming from foundations and billionaires, and how the money sometimes comes from or goes to Republicans. Indeed, there’s a lot more school reform advocacy and campaign work going on than... Read more »
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Most States Don't Allow Opt-Outs [But Parents Still Can Do It]

Most States Don't Allow Opt-Outs [But Parents Still Can Do It]
I still don't quite understand how testing opponents (CTU, MTAS, PURE, etc.) didn't figure out ahead of time that all the opt out forms they were getting parents to sign didn't have any real legal basis.  Maybe they found out about it and guessed (correctly) that any last-minute "revelation" like we had on Monday would distract from the relatively paltry numbers (compared to their campaign effort) and make CPS and ISBE look bad.  Maybe they were caught by surprise (like I was) and simply made lemonade out of lemons. About CPS, well, that's a whole other sad story that others have already told...

Video: Karen Lewis In Texas

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This past week there’ve been two ed-related events in Austin — first was the National Education Policy Network’s event, which featured speeches by CTU’s Karen Lewis among others, and second was SXSWedu, the edtech-focused education event that has become part of the music event down there over the past five years.  Let us know what... Read more »

Viral Video Misses Real PD Problems

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This much-viewed clip of a recent PD session in Chicago isn’t necessarily indicative of bad PD or illustrative of PD in general, says LA-area teacher Paul Bruno.  It’s engaging, clear, and practical (and just a minute long so who knows about the rest). “I’m not sure that that one-minute clip above is really representative of... Read more »
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Harvard Profs Tout UChicago Charters

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Two Harvard professors have written a new book focused on efforts to reduce inequality in American society and in this Atlantic Education page essay they include the UChicago charter network among three programs doing a notably good job educating low-income students (How Public Schools Can Fight Back Against Inequality)...