High hopes and a high bar for Chicago’s teachers Tribune (opinion): Teachers are justifiably anxious about evaluation and frustrated by the tone of the dialogue around accountability, which too often sounds like the goal is about firing a few bad teachers instead of helping the vast majority get better. The needs of students and teachers need to be at the center of this work. The school district must make sure resources are available to help teachers improve.
Chicago school closings hurt African-American students Tribune (Karen Lewis): The idea that the Tribune uses its biggest stage — the Sunday edition after the announcement of the largest mass school closing in U.S. history — to trumpet a loaded poll that blames teachers for problems in schools is unfortunate.
Chicago school closings and the charge of racism Zorn: Assuming for the sake of argument that the criteria for choosing which schools to close and combine were neutral and objective (I’ve seen no evidence that suggests otherwise) is “racist” the right word to use to describe the results?
Editorial: CTU, don’t burn down the house Sun Times: Hidden in CTU’s rhetoric are important truths about what CPS risks with these closures — student safety, neighborhood stability and slim odds that students who transfer will be substantially better off academically (University of Chicago research says students benefitted academically in past closings only when they were transferred to top-performing schools). Let’s talk about these important issues, along with ways to get the closure list just right.
Sun-Times editorial calls the union, ‘bomb throwers’ Klonsky: But the really funny thing was that the editorial is essentially in agreement with the teachers union in its critique of the announced 54 school closings over the next few months. So why have they resorted to such offensive metaphors?
Numbers game? Cops, union officials offer wrong crowd estimates for school-closing protest Sun Times: Chicago Police said between 700 and 900 marchers turned up in the Loop Wednesday to protest looming school closings. But a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of a photo taken of Daley Plaza — where protesters first gathered — pegged the number at 2,750 people. The teachers union vastly overestimated the crowd, saying 6,500 protesters showed up.
Chicago Teachers Union President Mocks ‘Wet Hen’ Rahm Emanuel for … Town Hall: The Chicago Teachers Union president appeared before the New York Collective of Radical Educators March 16 to give the keynote address at the group’s annual conference. In an encore to her controversial address to teachers on the west coast in 2011 …
Karen Lewis’ and Jesse Jackson’s Sophistry on Chicago School Closings Dropout Nation: There was Chicago AFT president Karen Lewis, indulging in class warfare rhetoric and playing upon her image as a faux progressive, proclaiming that it was time for the city to “rise up” against Second City Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who she called “an unjust …
There’s a lot to learn from the names of schools Chicago Tribune: The namesake of a school on the list of 54 Chicago public schools set to be closed. 3. Who was Arna Wendell Bontemps? a. An American poet, librarian and luminary in the Harlem Renaissance. b. Author of “Story of the Negro,” a children’s book that won a …
When Dream U. says no Tribune: Admissions experts: College rejections nothing personal, and Plan B school may end up being best choice after all Last year at this time, Kendall Livingston felt like a failure. The Fenwick High School senior applied to seven colleges and, despite her stellar academic record and test scores, didn’t get accepted at any of them.