Archive for June 2009

Advance Illinois | Blog breakfast brought together many of the people we believe will be critical to help make the fundamental changes required for education in Illinois.  Secretary Duncan praised Illinois for making strong progress toward reform, acknowledging that he had only weeks ago challenged leaders here to “think differently” about education.  He singled out the bipartisan and... Read more »

Another Report Questions Chicago School Improvement

Chicago Public School reform largely has failed, reports Crain’s political reporter Greg Hinz based on a just-release report from the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club — a longtime ally of the city in its reform efforts. “The report directly challenges widespread claims by current and former CPS officials that local students have shown substantial... Read more »

Outsiders At 125 S. Clark Street

You may disagree, but I think that the Broad Residents program is a pretty interesting model.  Not that most Broadies should be put in charge of everything, as may sometimes feel like it’s the case at CPS, but that central offices shouldn’t just be full of people who were trained as teachers and school leaders. ... Read more »

Jobs For Everyone! (At CNTC)

Hidden in yesterday’s hullabaloo about teacher retention was the news that, starting this year, new teachers won’t go through GOLDEN MINT or whatever CPS used to provide.  Instead, the Chicago New Teacher Center is taking over.  CNTC’s model is based on fulltime “induction coaches” who are supposed to meet with new teachers weekly, rather than... Read more »

Tuesday Morning "News"

Ex-coach testifies he bought sex toys and underwear for 15-year-old student Tribune An ex-basketball coach at Walter Payton College Prep High School on trial for allegedly sexually assaulting two 15-year-old students acknowledged buying sex toys and underwear for one of the girls and engaged in sexual conversations. Six Men Shot Dead In 24 Hours In... Read more »

Teacher Turnover

Here’s three slightly different takes on the teacher turnover report that came out today: Teacher turnover plagues Chicago public schools Tribune On the whole, more than half of the Chicago Public Schools teachers whose records were reviewed left their schools within five years, a figure consistent with the state and the rest of the nation.... Read more »

More Chicagoans Head East

A few more folks are heading to East, according to Catalyst, including staff for John Easton’s IES communications office and new early childhood analyst for AIR. Check it out here.  Meanwhile, Duncan’s former Chief of Staff is headed to HHS, according to Lynn Sweet (here). Anything else?

Duncan At PUSH Convention Today

Monday, June 29 Chicago, IL 2:30-4:00 pm CDT OPEN: The Secretary will give brief remarks followed by Q&A at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Convention, Hyatt McCormick Place 2233 South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Chicago, Illinois This Week In Education: EDSEC: Duncan’s Weekly Schedule.

Monday Morning News

CPS schools lose half of teachers in 5 years Chicago Sun-TimesChicago Schools CEO Ron Huberman said Chicago’s overall teacher turnover rate is around the national average. He hopes to keep more new teachers by … A is for Anxiety: Parents and Providers Worry about Daycare Subsidies WBEZ This report begins at a daycare home in... Read more »

News From The Rest Of The Country

Supreme Court Sides With Arizona in Language Case NYT The Supreme Court said the federal government should not be supervising the state’s spending for teaching non-English-speaking students. School safety advocates praise DOE pick Bay Area Reporter Advocates for LGBT student safety received a hopeful boost recently when US Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced... Read more »