Archive for November 2009

New Maps, School Arson, Walking To School

Schools mapping out map changes TribuneMany geography teachers now hope the move toward digital atlases and online mapping sites will appeal to students who otherwise might be turned off by the subject. It doesn’t hurt that schools often can save money in the process. Arson probe launched in Naperville school fire HeraldA fire that caused... Read more »

Diverse Memories Of Michael Scott

“Even if I couldn’t get everything I wanted I didn’t know it because he was so smooth and calm.” (activist Wanda Hopkins) Michael Scott Remembered at Board of Education Meeting WBEZ “We can try to do what he did. We should take some characteristics fo Michael and try to emulate that in how to deal... Read more »

Let's Kick Out All The Black (& Brown) Kids!

Black Students Expelled More Often APIt was a decade ago that the Rev. Jesse Jackson protested in Decatur over the expulsion of six black students for fighting. The racial disparity in school discipline has torn wide open since then. ‘A very painful time for our community’ Sun Times The students were involved in a brawl... Read more »

What Should WBEZ Have Done?

I like and respect the folks at Chicago Public Radio but it was hard not to listen to their recent story about increases in alternative assessments (School Gives Special Ed Kids A Different Test, and Scores Soar) and not be reminded of a blog post on this site that covered much the same ground (Not... Read more »

Emergency Announcement On Board Spending [updated]

 10 AM:  CPS just issued a press advisor saying that Board Vice President Clare Munana is going to make a statement at 10:30 about board expenditures and financial controls, but will not take questions afterwards.  Is this about Scott’s spending, or about other issues?  I don’t know.  UPDATED: Yep, it’s about Board spending.  Here’s a... Read more »

Remembering Michael Scott

Michael Scott honored for efforts to seek peace Sun TimesChicago School Board President Michael Scott received a hero’s send-off Sunday in a public memorial service where he was recalled as a man both forceful and indefatigable, and charming and conciliatory — whatever it took to make peace and get things done. The most poignant moment... Read more »

Rhodes Scholars, Gaming Numbers, Gang Dispersals

12,000 students skip mandatory Illinois test Sun TimesNearly 12,000 Illinois public school seniors skipped the mandatory 2009 Prairie State Achievement Exam — a test that can trigger school or district sanctions — and will have to take it this spring, state education officials say. Police Struggle to Navigate New Gang Landscape NYT A year after... Read more »

State Crackdown, Newspaper Ban, Schoolbus Porn

Illinois officials to crack down on testing loophole Tribune Students shut out of the testing process tended to be disproportionately black, low-income or have disabilities, said Joyce Zurkowski, who oversees student assessment for the state education agency. Community group blasts CPS for after school tutoring cuts Defender Some elected officials and community groups are reeling... Read more »

New Parent Newsletter: Catalyst "In The Know"

I never really know what Catalyst is going to do next (and I’m not always sure why).  Their latest move is to start producing a four-page community newsletter that is going to come out fall and spring in hard copy.It’s supposed to be parent oriented, and the first issue focuses on year-round schools.  You can... Read more »

Swine Flu: The Musical

Via the Notebook. Thanks to BS for passing this along. A sure sign of the Apocalypse, indeed.