Archive for September 2010

AM News: Anniversary Of Derrion Albert Beating

Teen killed, 11 wounded in night of violence Tribune:  A 16-year-old boy was shot in the head and killed in the Little Village neighborhood in a night of widespread violence that saw at least 11 other people wounded across the city. No one was in custody for any of the shootings, and area detectives were... Read more »

Money: $36M TIF Grant To CPS

Thanks to a friend of the site for passing along this letter from Huberman about a big federal grant for performance pay linked to evaluation and professional development.  To: All teachers, principals, and assistant principals Dear Colleagues, Today, the U.S. Department of Education awarded Chicago Public Schools $35.9 million–the largest competitive grant in CPS history–to... Read more »

Teachers: The Mysterious "Do Not Hire" List [upd]

The Reader has a fascinating story about how confused and inconsistent the layoff process has been — and about the possible use or misuse of the DNH list for probationary teachers and tenured teachers with an unsat rating.  Check it out and then come back here and help me understand a few things:  How do... Read more »
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AM News: Duncan Says Violence Worse

Duncan on school violence: ‘I think it has gotten worse’ Sun Times:  ”We don’t live in Iraq,” he said… Board OKs $111 mil. site for new Jones Prep Sun Times: Despite tight budget times, a new $111 million school building would replace the current elite… Teachers Union: Chicago Neighborhoods Need a “Marshall Plan” WBEZ:  The... Read more »

A "Bad Feeling" Among Some At Cicero West

Some of you may recall a discussion about Lawrence Elementary and its principal Jewel McLinton from a few years back (What’s Going On At Lawrence Elementary?).  Well apparently she’s turned up at Cicero West and is already worrying some of the teachers there: “She has reprimanded several teacher for doing things like talking to kids... Read more »

Chicago Mag's "Best Elementary Schools" Issue

Thanks to a kind reader for passing along word that Chicago Magazine’s “Best Elementary Schools” list is out now, including the following sections:  School Rankings: Rating the best elementary schools in Chicago and the suburbs … Getting In:  An admissions guide for the city’s most prestigious public schools … Six Great Schools: A look inside some schools... Read more »
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RIP, Chicago Teacher Lovie Sanders

Lovie Sanders I’m two weeks late with this – sorry.  It’s still a good reminder that there are a lot of nice people working in CPS and that while we think we’re all around forever we’re not” “Lovie Sanders, a 39-year-old Forest Park woman who was a teaching coach in Chicago public schools, was struck... Read more »

2010 Scores: Tests Get Easier, Kids Do Better?

Tests: the younger do better Sun Times:  Elementary school students showed improvement this year on annual Illinois achievement tests, but high school scores… Test Scores for Illinois High School Students are Flat, Says Report WBEZ:  Illinois test scores for high school students are nearly flat. That’s according to a new analysis of state standardized test... Read more »

AM News: Unionization Will Save/ Ruin Charter Schools

Ruling Paves Way for Charter-School Unions WBEZ:  Charter-school advocates say their goal is to loosen bureaucratic constraints on classroom innovation. But a federal ruling this week could make it harder for many Chicago-area charter schools to avoid union contracts… Parents See Ups, Downs of Teacher Ratings Chicago is hammering out a new way to evaluate... Read more »
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Oprah: Host Gives $1M To LEARN Charter Network

Here’s the press release about the six networks of schools (all charters) Oprah gave money to on Monday’s education show (here).  At least it wasn’t Urban Prep, right?  Also here’s the video from the show, featuring Michelle Rhee, Bill Gates and Davis Guggenheim — for as long as YouTube lets it stay up: