Archive for November 2009

"Read 180" Rolls Out Across Chicago [updated]

After a pilot program was deemed successful, CPS has decided to roll out Read 180, Scholastic’s adolescent remedial reading program, to a broader set of schools  According to the attached press release, CPS is going to implement it at 80 elementary schools and serve 8600 students. The expansion is based on a semester-long pilot at... Read more »

December Schools Preview

And we’re back, readying for a short but busy month ahead. There’s a nonattendance day on Friday (of course).  There’s progress report cards on December 16 (good luck!), and selective and magnet applications due on the 18th (good luck!).  Oh, and a Board meeting, too.  But it’s the magnet applications that are the big item. ... Read more »

Admissions, Summer School, Murals, & More

Public schools look to change admissions policy Defender Six public meetings will take place this month to better inform parents about the proposed changes, said Monique Bond, director of communications for CPS. If approved the changes would take effect Jan. 1 and would undergo a one-year review. Summer School for Morgan Park? ChicagoTalks So far,... Read more »

The Best Education Posts In Town

Here’s a roundup of some of the most interesting posts I could find for you to check out from other blogs and sites I don’t check daily. Some (Green Parent Chicago, Vocalo) are somewhat new; others (CPS Obsessed, Marshfield Tattler) are familiar.  (That guy from Chicago Examiner is intense, agree with him or not.) Let... Read more »

What Other Folks Are Writing

I just did a segment on WGN’s ChicagoNow Radio — fun talking with host Bill Leff about who’s going to be the replacement for Scott, what the biggest challenge facing CPS is right now, and why I blog a bout Chicago from Brooklyn.  But that’s not the only thing going on.  Here’s a quick media... Read more »

Is Kenwood Mentoring Program A Model?

On Tuesday, current and former Kenwood Academy “Brotherhood” members, plus counselor Shelby Wyatt, held a book signing for their newly released book, “The Brotherhood” at Kenwood Academy High School. Catalyst’s Sarah Karp was there, noting among other things that the program might be good for violence prevention (Kenwood Academy mentoring group provides model for CPS... Read more »

Replacing Scott, Charter Approvals, Stevenson HS Paper

No Replacement for Scott, Yet WBEZ Daley says he’s spoken to a few candidates about the position but they would have big shoes to fill. Education Week: Ill. Senate to study school discipline racial gap EdWeekThe Illinois Senate will try to find the cause of a gaping racial disparity in how schoolchildren are disciplined, officials... Read more »

Huberman Warns Staffers To Stay Out Of Union Campaign

Check out this (PDF) one-page memo sent out by Ron Huberman, Patrick Rocks, and the rest of the band, warning CPS employees not to campaign during work hours or using school computers. I’ve never seen a memo like this during previous election campaigns.  Have you? Which side do you think Board employees might be weighing... 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 »

Can School Data Save Students?

“Performance management” is one of those buzz phrases that I usually like to make fun of, but I did my best to withhold judgment last week when I had the chance to talk with Lori Fey from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, which is all over the concept and has a new report out... Read more »