Archive for February 2010

What's Going On At Beidler Elementary?

I don’t have much on Beidler Elementary — just a few blog entries and news items in recent years — but I hear that there’s much more there to know. It gets a 2 rating on GreatSchools.  It’s down 100 kids enrollment wise over the past decade, according to Schooldigger.  It’s a little below the... Read more »

A Victory For Substance News (& Journalistic Transparency)

Just a week and change ago, Substance raised the issue of whether the Chicago News Cooperative should disclose its relationship to Martin Koldyke in its coverage of turnarounds and AUSL. Well, this latest article does just that. Of course, I don’t know exactly what happened or if there’s a direct causal relationship.  But it was... Read more »

The REAL Selective Enrollment Notification Discussion

Sorry about that, SE people.  Let’s try that again.  Only comments about SE notification and related issues — all other comments should go in another comment thread.What’s the latest on the magnet and selective enrollment process?  Letters for SE high schools were sent out on Wednesday and should have arrived by today, according to the... Read more »

Selective Enrollment Notification Letters [Now Open Thread]

What’s the latest on the magnet and selective enrollment process?  Letters for SE high schools were sent out on Wednesday and should have arrived by today, according to the CPS website (here).  Let us know when they arrived and where you got in (crossed fingers).  Not sure what the timeline is for magnets and Classical... Read more »

More Budget Info [Updated]

I may be wrong but I’m not sure I’ve seen this CPS Budget Memo online anywhere else ( CPSBudgetMemo.pdf ).  I’m working on the Huberman PowerPoint if anyone can spare a copy (for credit or on the DL).  Schoolpocalypse! UPDATE:  Here ( FY2011 Budget Presser r1.pdf ) is the PowerPoint Huberman used in his press... Read more »

AM News: Huberman Announces Schoolpocalypse 2010

Chicago Schools CEO Projects $1 Billion Deficit WBBMIncreasing class size would not be enough to close the budget gap. Boosting classes from 28 to 31 students would save $40 million, which is a fraction of what is needed, and would require layoffs of up to 600 teachers. More CPS job cuts as $975 million deficit... Read more »

AM News: 300 Teachers Displaced [Not Fired]

Eight schools will be closed or turned around CatalystAfter a month of packed community hearings and protests, today’s meeting was pretty low-key with a few speeches calling for a moratorium on school actions and some teachers pleading for more time. Pink Slips for Teachers, Big Changes for Kids WBEZAbout 300 teachers in Chicago can look... Read more »

Baccellieri To Head Controversial Pulaski IB Program

“Pat is the most sought-after principal in Chicago, and his signing is a tremendous accomplishment for the Pulaski community.” (Pulaski IB 2010)

Teach+Plus Comes To Chicago Next Week

Here’s something that might be interesting going on next week from a Boston-based organizations that aims to help teachers be effective advocates as well as effective teachers: Thursday, March 4, 2010 Why Teachers Matter Most Featuring Tim Daly, President, The New Teacher Project Registration begins at 5:15pm Program 5:30 -7:30pm Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT),... Read more »

AM News: Cuts, Coaches

See information about school closings in the previous post (below): Illinois Schools Could Be Facing Steep Cuts Statehouse NewsLocal school districts are already waiting a long time for their checks from Springfield.  But now some lawmakers say in addition to being late, those state aid payments could get a lot lighter. School districts ax teachers,... Read more »