Archive for September 2009

Special Education: What Will It Take To Make It Better?

It’s no big surprise that CPS hasn’t been doing right by its special education students.  And now there’s a new report about it from the state board, and a little bit of news coverage too (CPS Gets Failing Grade for Special Education Classes).  Forty percent of schools get a failing grade.  Too many kids don’t... Read more »

Admissions Process For Elite CPS Schools Up In The Air

First, there were WAY too few spots in a very few popular CPS schools.  Then there were allegations of clout behind the “principal’s pick.”  Now there’s no more consent decree. This is what the Board of Education wanted.  But are the schools — and Chicago parents — ready for possibly dramatic changes in who gets... Read more »

Update: Beating At Fenger Caught On Video

You may or may not want to watch this amateur footage of the melee and beating that took place last week, but I’m posting this for those who will want to know about it.  Be warned, it’s graphic and disturbing: Security increases at Fenger high school ABC7CPS CEO Ron Huberman was expected to join the... Read more »
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Rating The ChicagoNow Blog Experience: Good, Bad, Ugly?

What do you like — and hate — about the new blog layout?  I bet we all have some strong opinions and have already been hearing from some of you via email (thanks, ES!). There are a bunch of things I like — the fresh graphics, the ability to Tweet individual posts (if you’re into... Read more »

WBEZ Ramps Up Coverage Of Board Of Ed Meetings

Coverage of the Board meeting by WBEZ’s Linda Lutton. “Today we’re starting a new segment called “Cheat Sheet,” and it’s meant be a quick and dirty peek into Chicago’s often contentious school board meetings and the issues that are brought up there.” It’s a welcome addition.  I can’t believe no one’s done it before. I... Read more »

One Parent's School Bus Woes In Brighton Park

A Brighton Park parent wrote in to me about what seems like a wasteful and disorganized situation regarding coordination of bus schedules between CPS and the Park District. For some reason, the two agencies can’t seem to get their act together.  Check it out, and tell us if you’ve had any similar situations — or... Read more »
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Free At Last (To Let More White Kids Into Popular Schools)

At last, popular Chicago schools can let more white kids in.  No more pesky 35 percent rule (WBEZ).

Friday Morning Education News

Youth violence dominates again: CPS Head Defends Out-of-State Contract WBEZ Chicago schools chief Ron Huberman is defending his decision to bring in an out-of-town group to help curb youth violence. Huberman says the Pennsylvania-based Youth Advocate Programs, Inc., or YAP, has been successful with … Youth Violence From a School Bus Driver’s Point of View... Read more »

Illinois Schools In Trouble Over Use Of Stimulus Dollars

Oh, lovely.  First came news that districts were being told to redo their stimulus reports to make it look like as many jobs were saved as possible (State School News Service PDF here). Now Illinois has been IDd as one of four states who are “at risk” of having misused federal stimulus funding: 4 States... Read more »
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Durbin Picks West Side Kid For Senate Page Program

Here’s some belated good news sent to my by the folks from Al Raby about a CPS kid who’s been picked to be a US Senate page in Washington.  Congrats to all involved, including the school and of course the family. There are a handful of kids from Chicago who get to do this every... Read more »