Today’s education news includes a bit more about the IB expansion announcement that came out on Friday — check two posts down for lots of links and commentary about that — and a variety of other tidbits (re Fenger, ISAT cheating, etc). But the most interesting stories to me are the Crain’s feature on middle-class parents “trapped” in CPS by their mortgages and the generally positive pressures that’s put on elementary schools in particular, combined with the somewhat pleading tone of Mayor Emanuel’s entreaty to parents not to leave CPS when their kids reach school age. According to Crain’s, 5-10,000 folks a year are staying in Chicago due to the real estate collapse, stabilizing CPS enrollment. There’s been a 50 percent increase in elementary SE applications.
Parents face questions about city schools Crain’s Chicago Business: So they are now trying to make it work” in city schools, says Christine Whitley, an education consultant who helps families through the Chicago Public Schools selection process. “They bought their condo way before they had kids and didn’t really factor .
Rahm Emanuel to middle class: Don’t leave for better schools Sun Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a message to the middle class: Don’t leave my city in pursuit of a high-quality, high school education for your kids. “Don’t head for the doors when your kid’s in fifth grade or sixth grade — for the suburbs — because the city of Chicago is going to give you a high-quality life with a high-quality education for your children,” he told the Sun-Times. ALSO : Emanuel says community must join fight against gangs Tribune.
Oak Park principal resigns after students given extra time on ISATs Sun Times: The principal of an Oak Park school resigned this week after teachers reviewed completed standardized test booklets, erased stray marks and gave students extra time to complete the missing answers —all apparent violations of state testing rules.
In 1933, Chicago’s ‘irritable teachers’ fought city to get paid WBEZ: Think the Chicago Public Schools have problems today? Think the teachers are treated unfairly? Go back to 1933.
CPS inspector general calls for zero-tolerance ban on vendor gifts for employees Tribune: “A very strict ban might in some ways restrict the city’s ability to do business,” Rollert said. “You’re suggesting that people can be so little trusted to look after the interests of the state that they have to be over-regulated.”
Fenger High School celebrates Peace Week Tribune: Last week was Peace Week at Fenger High School. This week is spring break. Principal Elizabeth Dozier told me that students hold the event the week before vacation because they think it has a calming effect during the time off. ALSO Fenger High School – a model for CPS CMW.
CPS Students Show Off Scientific Wits Fox: Some of Chicago Public Schools brightest students are showing off their scientific wits.
McGrath: Charter schools squeeze wallets, kids’ futures SouthtownStar: Nonetheless, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the school board continue to allow Noble Network to extort Chicago’s schoolchildren and their parents in his undeclared war against the Chicago Teachers Union and its roughly 21000 members.