CTU Poll Results & More

Today’s education news includes a new poll fro CTU, a WBEZ story about “good enough” schools, a Catalyst update on the debate over school arrest statistics, some eye-opening letters to the editor.  Check it out. Tell me what I’m missing.

Teachers union poll: Voters split on Emanuel’s job performance Sun Times: Forty-seven percent of likely voters polled in late March rated Emanuel’s job performance as “poor’’ or “just fair”— 16 percent more than did so in August. Another 47 percent said he is doing an “excellent” or “good” job — six percent fewer than in August. The jump in the mayor’s negative ratings is well outside the poll’s margin of error for those questions, 5.6 percentage points in this poll, noted …

Chicago’s middle class not interested in ‘hidden gem’ high schools WBEZ:   Middle- and upper-income Chicagoans scramble to get their kids into Chicago’s top high schools, and if their kids don’t get in, for many it’s private school or the suburbs. But Chicago has another set of high-quality high school programs that middle-income parents have rejected.

Students, CPS spar over school arrests Catalyst:  CPS and the Chicago Police Department say the group’s analysis is inaccurate because it is based on data for all juvenile arrests on any CPS-owned property, including arrests that take place during non-school hours.

Voice of the People, Apr. 25 Tribune: Teachers contract I was happy to read that the Chicago Teachers Union is moving closer to calling a strike (News, April 17). Now it is my hope that Chicago Public Schools makes the teachers eat their words.

Brizard hopes funds for longer school days give principals more autonomy Tribune: Since arriving at the helm of Chicago Public Schools last year, schools chiefJean-Claude Brizard has emphasized the primary role of principals in reforming schools. Principals will decide how to structure the longer school day at individual schools…

Scary math Tribune:  I teach at a Chicago Public Schools high school. We are giving the PSAE/ACT tests to juniors this week. These tests are given in the middle of the school week. There are no classes during testing days, which breaks up the week, making it harder to teach a…


IL moves to boot 2 school boards from office Illinois Statehouse News: The removal of the North Chicago school board comes after that board denied an application to open a charter school in the impoverished area, a plan which Illinois U.S. Sens. Durbin and Kirk supported.

2012 school policy agenda moving in second chamber State School News Service:A bill’s success rests on several factors, none of which is the force of a good idea.If a bill’s enactment would cost money, even the slightest bit, it would likely die quickly in 2012. The state is broke and no idea would be good enough to overcome the legislature’s desire to avoid “fiscal impact.” Also, opposition from almost any quarter will kill a bill. Controversies are to be avoided in an election year. Besides, with pension “reform” and a pain filled budget coming down, the legislature is dealing with more than enough controversy already. So to reach committee consideration in second chamber, a bill pretty much has to achieve nothing and cost nothing.


Elementary students grow with initiative Medill Reports:  Seeds of Change, an organic seeds food company, teaches students from Yates Elementary valuable lessons about planting organic seeds. The event took place at the Edible Gardens in the Lincoln Park Zoo to spread awareness of the “Sowing Millions, Growing Minds” initiative.

City Colleges of Chicago graduation rate highest in 10 years: chancellor Sun Times: City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Cheryl Hyman announced Tuesday that the colleges will grant nearly 3,300 associate degrees in 2012, up 32 percent from 2011 and double the number 10 years ago.


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