Archive for January 2011

AM News: Should CPS Do What Proviso Did?

Proviso school board OKs administrative changes Tribune:  The Proviso Township High School District 209 board Monday night approved a major shuffling of administrators in an ongoing effort to reform schools that are plagued with poor academic achievement rates…Blackshear may not be able to play in conclusion of Morgan Park-Bogan game Tribune: The conclusion of the... Read more »

Events: January Board Meeting [updated]

The monthly board meeting is on Wednesday, and is slated to include consideration of several new charter schools that were considered but withdrawn last month.  No surprise, the CTU is fired up to block the move:  “Did CPS follow its own policy on community hearings on charters?  No! Did CPS conduct a serious look’ at... Read more »

Furlough Confusion

Check out the email below describing confusion and frustration between CPAA and CPS about the possibility of additional furlough days.  Is this a big deal or not, or a likely possibility, I have no idea.  But it makes for interesting reading.  [Got an interesting email or document to share?  Send it to me at district299... Read more »
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Books: School Lunch Blogger Writing A Book

The anonymous teacher who’s been blogging about eating school lunch meals for nearly a full school year is talking about revealing herself — and writing a book (162 School Lunches: Would You Eat Them?) Huffington Post.  

AM News: Poverty & Diversity Up

New school data reveal worrisome trends Tribune:  Poverty rises among Illinois public school children as overall enrollment dips for third straight year… Chicago high school student chef winners serve up classmates AP:  Winners of a 2010 cooking competition get to serve up their Caribbean-inspired winning meal to more than 20,000 fellow students in the nation’s third-largest school… Emanuel downplays... Read more »

Video: Chinese Leader Visits CPS High School

A chance meeting in 2004.  An educator I’ve never heard of (Robert Davis).  Fifty-eight Chinese language teachers and 12,000 students.  The country’s largest Chinese language program (New Yorker). The President’s daughter is studying the language also, and practiced on the Prime Minister a few days earlier (here). US Students exchange with Chinese president ATN:  At the... Read more »
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Checkin: Weekend Open Discussion

Despite the short week it’s a miserable time of year between the weather and the credit card bills from the holidays coming due, another long week before the next training day (here), budget cuts looming.  But we still need to hear from you.  There’s been a fair amount of discussion about subbing (here) and a... Read more »

AM News: Corporate Sponsorship For School Campuses?

Daley Scolds Airlines, Lawmakers for Failing to Tackle Future Needs Bloomberg:  The current mayor said he thinks his father would be proudest of what he has tried to do to improve Chicago public schools… Daley to showcase Chinese language program during Chinese president’s 1st visit to Chicago Tribune:  Richard Daley’s first trip to China nearly seven... Read more »

Video: Elected School Board Dismantles Deseg

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c The Word – Disintegration www.colbertnation.com       On Tuesday night Stephen Colbert lambasted the (elected) school board in Wake County North Carolina that has moved to dismantle the racial and SES-based deseg plan that is considered one of the most successful models in the country. 
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AM News: Why So Few Kids Vaccinated?

Many Chicago students still not vaccinated, documents show Medill:  Nearly one out of six students — 16 percent — in Chicago Public Schools did not meet vaccine or physical examination requirements as of Oct. 14, according to internal CPS documents obtained by Medill News Service… A conversation with City Colleges of Chicago’s chancellor  WBEZ:  City Colleges of Chicago... Read more »