Posts tagged "@newsfront"

News: Funding Cuts, Board Meeting Followup

Chicago schools brace for loss of Reading First funds CatalystThe merits of Reading First–the $1 billion per year early literacy program created under No Child Left Behind–have been the subject of national debate, but local literacy experts and officials say the program has had some success here and are lamenting its imminent disappearance. function g_f_changeUrlForLog(oLink,... Read more »

The Sad Saga Of Chicago's NASA Lab

First it was at Fenger (locked up for years, as I recall).  Then it was shuttered, revived and moved to Marine Math and Science.  Now…it’s nowhere.  This is the sad saga of the CPS NASA lab.  Not a big deal in and of itself, but yet another example of bureaucratic confusion, cost-cutting, and missed opportunities.... Read more »

Misdeeds Galore In Annual Inspector's Report

School Board sues lawmaker over rent Sun TimesThe new annual report by Schools Inspector General James Sullivan indicates Davis has been occupying the board-owned building for at least 14 years but hasn’t paid any rent there for the last seven. CPS Inspector General Releases 2009 Report WBEZ The biggest lot of cases stem from CPS... Read more »

Peterson To Head School Board?

Sneed has a source who says that Terry Peterson is the likely replacement for Michael Scott (CHA chief may replace Michael Scott Sun Times).  But it won’t happen until the new year. “It probably won’t happen until after the New Year,” said a top City Hall source, “but Peterson is probably the one person who... Read more »

The Teacher Is A Pimp (Allegedly)

I’m not sure when CPS started sending out press releases announcing misdemeanor arrests of schoolteachers but that’s what happened late Thursday: “Lane Tech High School teacher Scott Carlson was removed, with pay, from the school and any teaching assignments Wednesday, December 9, pending an investigation. Carlson was charged with keeping a place of prostitution after... Read more »

Spending Questions Surround Huberman, Too

Little noticed in the press rush surrounding yesterday’s revelation that there would be an investigation of sorts into Board members’ spending was the fact that, just a few months ago, schools chief Ron Huberman tried — and failed — to get a proposal passed that would have allowed him to hire staff, give raises and... Read more »

Best Lines From "The Wire"

I will not rest until everyone involved in school reform has watched The Wire, and this new compilation of best quotes is a timely reminder of just how good the show is. Very NSFW.  The show’s set in Baltimore, but longtime Chicagoans will see many similarities when it comes to politics, cops, gangsters, and regular... Read more »

Schools Chair Michael Scott Believed Dead [updated]

Body of school board boss found in Chicago River Tribune A body believed to be that of Michael Scott, the president of the Chicago Public Schools board of education, was found in the Chicago River near the Merchandise Mart this morning, police said. Reports Say Chicago Board of Ed Official Found Dead WBEZPublished reports say... Read more »