Archive for October 2009

Just Six Percent Of Kids Sent To Better Schools

Big news.  Closing schools — a big part of “Renaissance 2010” — doesn’t work as it’s been done.  A new study of the Duncan-era practice of closing failing schools finds that too few students were sent to substantially better schools after their original schools closed: Chicago School Closings Show Little Academic Gain EdWeek Most students... Read more »

Another Day, Another Youth Violence Summit

CPD, CPS focus on hot spots, guard training ABC7On Tuesday, Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis and schools CEO Ron Huberman attended a youth violence summit on Chicago’s West Side. … Officials talk Chicago youth violence TribuneChicago Public Schools chief Ron Huberman said he sought a plan in which “students don’t get labeled” but educators could... Read more »

Big Bad October Board Meeting

This month’s board meeting takes place in the shadow of all sorts of Chicago school controversies:  youth violence, Bucktown vs. Pulaski, cuts to after school programs, Fenger vs. Altgeld Gardens, new hires (new schools, medical officer, etc.).  Of course, none of these are on the  October_26_2009_Notice_Agenda_Listing.pdf , which includes few notable items (though much of... Read more »
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Li'l Wayne To The Rescue

“If Li’l Wayne would rap the times table, that’s what they’d be doing.” Veteran gang member quoted in this blog post from Freaknomics about preventing youth violence.

Swine Flu Closings, Teen Pregnancy, Bus Service, Etc.

Groups Plans to Tackle Teen Pregnancy in CPS WBEZ Chicago Public Schools doesn’t keep track of how many of its students are pregnant. Fourteen percent of babies born in Chicago are from teen moms. In neighborhood high schools like Robeson, pregnancies contribute to the high drop-out rate. Rash Of Sick Students Shuts Down St. Athanasius... Read more »

Another Day, Another Teen Murder

Chicago student shot, killed Sun TImesHe is the second student from Dyett to be fatally shot this school year. Dyett High School student fatally shot on way to class TribuneFamily members said he was wounded on his way to catch the bus to Dyett High School. Boycotts at Fenger High School WGN Rev. Al Sharpton... Read more »
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Three-Way Race Shaping Up For Teachers Union Presidency

There are a bunch of new stories posted on Substance, of interest especially for those of you engaged in the teachers union leadership contest that’s taking place.  Former CTU president Debbie Lynch has formally announced that she’s running against current president Marilyn Stewart.  CORE is running, too, but hasn’t named a slate of candidates.  George... Read more »

Board Of Ed Creates New Health Czar Position

Chicago schools to create medical officer post Tribune The health czar will report directly to Ron Huberman, the schools’ chief executive officer, and will work closely with the Chicago Department of Public … CPS to hire mentors for at-risk youth ABC7 Schools CEO Ron Huberman began planning the anti-violence program centered on mentoring before the... Read more »

Chicago Schools Violence Roundup

All violence, all the time: Teen killed in apparent robbery attempt According to his grandmother, Cannon graduated from Salem Christian Academy and attended King College Prep High School, more recently attempting to earn a diploma through the Pathways in Education program. Poets tell story of Chicago school children killed Tribune“We started with 12 and over... Read more »
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Schurz Econ Teacher Wins IL Teacher Of The Year

From the Tribune:  A 34 year-old Chicago high school teacher who coaches the debate team was named Illinois teacher of the year tonight. Kevin Rutter, an economics teacher at Carl Schurz High School on the Northwest Side, was chosen by a panel of educators from among 10 finalists, according to the Illinois State Board of... Read more »