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Mobile Monday

Mobile Monday
Hi, all — welcome back!  I’m traveling today so I’ll be posting news and commentary on the fly via Twitter (which also posts to Facebook.  The Twitter feed is at @district299.  The Facebook page is found by searching for “District 299.”  As always, feel free to email or comment if I’ve missed something, got it... Read more »

Towards More Careful, Skeptical Testing Coverage*

Towards More Careful, Skeptical Testing Coverage*
How should reporters write about testing protests and parents opting out this year? Carefully, in a word.Contextually.  Skeptically.  With much greater balance and insight.Better than they did last year (and so far this year, too).*...

Principals, Common Core, Evaluations?

Principals, Common Core, Evaluations?
I read the other day that principals across the country spend only 10 percent of their time in classrooms or working on instructional issues, and that reminded me of a New York Times column from this past fall (Principal and Teacher, a Complex Duet) about how hard today's principals are working to evaluate teachers and help implement the Common Core. It stars Chicago's own Clarice Berry...
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What Does The Fox Say?

What Does The Fox Say?
Happy Friday -- here's today's news.  Feel free to tell us what else is going on at your school or neighborhood.  Or just tell us how you'd use the viral Norwegian video"What Does The Fox Say?" in class.  (Think "Gangam Style" with furry costumes.)...

Live #CPSClosings Updates

Live #CPSClosings Updates
Follow live updates about #CPSClosings from the various news outlets on Twitter here, or also over to the right (look over there!) if that’s easier. #CPS is another hashtag to try, though you’ll also get Persepolis and other topics that way. Tweets about “#CPSclosings” !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

Muzzling Arne On Gun Control

Read this EdWeek story (Chicago Years Inform Ed. Secretary’s Views on Gun Violence) and you get the clear impression that the White House is reining in EdSec Duncan on gun control right now. Usually unconstrained on policy issues, open to the press, and Obama’s go-to guy, Duncan’s post-Sandy Hook Elementary remarks have been muted (and... Read more »
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WTTW On Closings

Screen shot 2013-01-11 at 9.42.17 AM Here's the WTTW interview about the commission recommendations from last night, to go along with all the print coverage.      ...

Making Liars Of Us All

Via email:  "CPS has made liars out of Principals. Principals have made  liars out of teachers and teachers out of parents and children. Honest people have tried to infiltrate for years without success because the media is also compromised by the machine that controls it." - Former Lafayette and Andrew Jackson LSC member Carmella Saraceno Used with permission. See the full quote below. Then let us know what you think...

DFER Endorses Schneider

                  There’s lots of debate about DFER, but most of what it does is pretty standard political stuff. No Republicans.  No crazy stuff.  For example, DFER issued its slate of candidates to support, and one of them is Brad Schneider for the 10th Congressional District (Democrats for... Read more »
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Ray ES Marquee

Is this for real?  Did Aeschylus really say that?  Please confirm — or send information about other things you’ve seen or snapped from CPS school marquees (or whatever these things are called).