Archive for March 2010

AM News: Cuts, Protests, Pension Changes

CPS will notify principals of preschool closures on Monday Catalyst:  When elementary school principals receive their school budgets on Monday, many will find out that their Preschool for All programs will close at the end of the current school year….Parents Protest Free Preschool Cuts  Fox Chicago:  Another budget battle is taking place Wednesday at the... Read more »

“I thought [my school] being tagged “persistently low achieving” was the lowest moment of my career… Now I see it more as an unfriendly wake-up call, something to pull us back from the long, slow slide of not serving all our students well.” — English teacher Patrick Welsh in the Washington Post

What's Up With Elementary Magnets? [updated]

Meanwhile, Chicago parents waiting to see whether their kids have made it into elementary school lotteries are left in the dark.  “There is absolutely no information on ELEMENTARY school lottery notifications on the web at all,” wrote in a frustrated parent. “The lottery was held last week 3/24/2010 with lottery notifications being mailed by Friday... Read more »
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Duncan Clout List News Goes National [updated]

Many blog readers doubt that the existence of a VIP list under Arne Duncan is a big deal, but the press seems to think otherwise:  Chicago Schools Chief Had V.I.P. List for Top Choices NYT:  In July, Mr. Huberman announced an internal investigation of the city’s 52 application-based elementary and high schools….Daley says his office had... Read more »

AM News: 'No Go' On Four-Day School Week

Daley turns thumbs-down on four-day school week Clout Street:  Mayor Richard Daley today came out against the idea of cutting the school week back to four days, calling it a step in the wrong direction as the city tries to find new…Illinois ‘ Race to the Top bid marked by aggressive timeline Catalyst:  State Supt.... Read more »

AM News: Four-Day Weeks Now Allowable

Ill. House Approves 4-Day School Week Fox Chicago:  A four-day school week is one of the budget-saving ideas coming from Springfield.  House approves bill for four-day school weeks Statehouse News:  In an effort to help strapped school districts save money, the House today approved a bill that would let local school boards set four-day weeks... Read more »
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Twenty CPS Students Killed Already This Year

“The insane violence on the West and South sides of our city have killed more CPS students in just eight months than the 16 Chicago soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq over the last seven years.” — Carol Marin 3/21/10

Duncan Kept Clout List [updated]

The Tribune’s Azam Ahmed has the goods on what everyone assumed went on during the Duncan era but could never prove:  a clout list at CPS:  “For several years when U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan was Chicago Public Schools chief, his office maintained a list of politicians and others seeking help for applicants to selective schools,... Read more »

More Charter Teachers Vote To Unionize

Four more Chicago charter schools have decided to unionize, according to this press release from Chicago ACTS, an AFT-funded charter unionization initiative.  Can you guess which ones?  Over all, nearly 100 teachers voted two to one in favor.   More Charter School Teachers Say ‘Yes’ to Union Representation Staff at four ASPIRA campuses file authorization... Read more »
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Oprah: Scapegoating The Principal?

No good deed goes unpunished, I guess.  Or maybe this is another case of educators being scapegoated for things beyond their knowledge or control.  In any case, Oprah is going to have to testify in Philadelphia in the trail over a defamation lawsuit brought by the school’s former headmistress, whose performance Winfrey criticized. (Oprah To... Read more »