Archive for March 2013

Closemageddon!*

Closemageddon!*
I’ve rounded up all the best coverage I could find and divided it into categories based on whatever issue or angle jumped out at me as most interesting — the political angle, the logistics of what comes next, the new programs and colocations, What jumps out at you?  What news stories did I miss or... Read more »

Live #CPSClosings Updates

Live #CPSClosings Updates
Follow live updates about #CPSClosings from the various news outlets on Twitter here, or also over to the right (look over there!) if that’s easier. #CPS is another hashtag to try, though you’ll also get Persepolis and other topics that way. Tweets about “#CPSclosings” !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

Which 50?

Everyone seems agreed that the number of schools to be closed is going to be about 50, so the question is which ones of the 129 still on the possible list will get named, which if any schools will make it off the list after the announcement (mistakes, etc.) and how much of pushback will there be from the teachers union and others to the announcement...
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Save "Receiving" Schools

Copy of OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHighlights from today's news include word that CPS is going to help receiving schools deal with the influx of unwanted kids they'll be getting from under-enrolled but otherwise entirely high-functioning schools next year. [Next thing you know, CPS will promise receiving schools that they won't have to take any kids whose scores are lower than average.] Meanwhile, efforts to halt the closing process in Springfield seem not to be going anywhere, advocates make one last plea to protect schools with large SPED populations, and -- you never hear about this -- CBS2 has found a family that says switching schools wasn't so bad.  ...

Lewis Says Jitu Should Replace Penny

Jitu Brown to replace Penny Pritzker on the CPS School Board, and Linda Darling-Hammond to replace Arne Duncan as EdSec.  These are some of the suggestions from Karen Lewis in a new Chicago Magazine interview. “Yes. Arne Duncan is totally unqualified, embarrassingly unqualified. Why does Arne get to stay on? That is one position that... Read more »

Karen At CORE NYC

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It always makes me a little nervous when CTU president Karen Lewis steps to the microphone in a situation not directly related to contract negotiations, but I’m assuming from the fact that nobody’s sent this to me that she doesn’t say anything distracting in her remarks at NYCORE 2013.  For more:  CTU Karen Lewis Giving... Read more »
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Dialing Up Closings

oldphoneToday's news boils comes in two categories:  closings, and Persepolis. When will the closing announcement be made -- and how many schools involved? Why did CPS/Lane decide to ban/limit access to the graphic novel -- and why should anyone care? ALSO: Charter schools, full-day kindergarten crowding...

Closing 20-129 Schools

20120404-_news-iconHi, all.  Welcome back.  Today's education news includes a few tidbits about the planning for the closings announcements and implementation, plus remnants of outrage over the book banning thing.  Magnet letters get sent this week -- but do they arrive...

CPS Transitioning Plan

CPS Transitioning Plan
Today's news includes lots of coverage of the "new" transition plan CPS rolled out in anticipation the of school closing announcement -- plus a fascinating look from Catalyst at the strangely long period of time between the announcements and the final determination. Oh, and Penny Pritzker has resigned.  Who will replace her?  You?  OK, excellent. ...
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Vatican-Approved Reform Model

Vatican-Approved Reform Model
Several of yesterday’s news stories about the new Pope for the Catholic church made mention of the fact that the new Pope is a Jesuit. (The Jesuits are special order of Catholics known for their steely gaze and firm handshake, as well as their relatively rigorous brand of parochial education.) But few if any noted... Read more »