Archive for January 2010

Failing Schools: Everyone's Got A Different List

ISBE’s application for Race to the Top dollars doesn’t list Chicago’s priority schools by name.  But there’s another recent document from ISBE that has a list with lots of D299 schools. And there’s an explanation of sorts on page 40 of this ISBE appendix: So if I understand correctly CPS is going to turn around... Read more »

Chicago Not A Really "Super" School District

I’m not sure why this matters, since I don’t think Illinois is going to be among the first few states to get Race To The Top money from Washington, but perhaps it’s still worth noting that Chicago doesn’t appear on the list of 12 “super LEAs” in Illinois’ Race To The Top application — districts... Read more »

Police Report Reveals Undisclosed City Hall Meeting Scheduled

Just a few days after City Hall named a replacement for deceased board president Michael Scott, word came out via the Sun Times that a previously undisclosed meeting with Jackie Heard [had the been scheduled for] the morning after his suicide. Michael Scott’s suicide came as meeting on expenses loomed Sun TimesSixteen hours before he... Read more »

A New Board Chair For Chicago Schools

Daley names former building chief to School Board Catalyst Richardson-Lowry has worked for Daley in one way or another for 10 years. In 1992, she started as assistant corporation counsel with the city’s law department and left the city workforce in 2002 after serving as building commissioner. Daley taps Richardson-Lowry for Chicago school board chief... Read more »

School Board Application Gives Peek Into Future

Stephanie Banchero has a great in depth look at what Illinois’ application for Race To The Top says that the state — and its school districts — will do if and when the state wins the extra federal money (State officials charting new course for schools ): From her story:  “The most provocative reforms will... Read more »

AM News: Closings & Security Dominate News

School closing tricks in Bronzeville NewstipsIn every other consolidation CPS has undertaken, that would mean Mollison students and staff would be heading to Wells Prep’s building next year. But in this case, Wells students and staff are moving to Mollison. Joliet diocese to close or merge schools in Will, Dupage TribuneThe Diocese of Joliet will... Read more »

News: Funding Cuts, Board Meeting Followup

Chicago schools brace for loss of Reading First funds CatalystThe merits of Reading First–the $1 billion per year early literacy program created under No Child Left Behind–have been the subject of national debate, but local literacy experts and officials say the program has had some success here and are lamenting its imminent disappearance. function g_f_changeUrlForLog(oLink,... Read more »

January Board Meeting

Here’s the agenda for the January Board meeting that’s being held today (PDF), though a slew of other issues (Keller, closings, expense accounts, car leases, $900 million deficits) are sure to come up along the way.  As you can see, Burroughs II and Transportation Academy are getting their pre-approvals rescinded. Five un-named charter schools are... Read more »

AM News: Hubbard Shooting, Closing Resistance

Student shot and wounded outside high school TribuneA 15-year-old student was shot and seriously wounded as he left Hubbard High School this afternoon after taking an exam, school officials said. The boy, a freshman, was walking near the rear of the school at 6200 S. Hamlin Avenue when he was shot in… Boy, 15, shot... Read more »

Goren Replaces Easton At Consortium

News is out this morning that Paul Goren, longtime Spencer Foundation staffer, has been named to head the Consortium on Chicago School Research, replacing John Easton who’s gone to Washington.  The Consortium is now part of the Urban Education Institute, the umbrella organization run by Tim Knowles.  Observers disagree on the value and independence of... Read more »