Archive for June 2013

Closings, Speeches, Charter Study

Closings, Speeches, Charter Study
In addition to lots of comments and questions about school-specific budget cuts (see comments below previous posts), today's news includes coverage of 28 schools' last day in operation, dueling speeches between Byrd-Bennett and Lewis, a yearlong reprieve for NCLB waiver states, and a new report on IL charters plus local reactions from yesterday's ed school study...

Many Local Ed Schools Are Weak

Many Local Ed Schools Are Weak
The Gates-funded nonprofit NCTQ has finally released its report rating the nation's ed schools, predictably slamming most of them for being mediocre if not worse.  Illinois programs don't fare particularly well (see chart).  Ed school advocates have been fighting back against the NCTQ ratings for months if not years now.   Read lots of national news coverage below -- I'll update with local stories and responses as soon as I come across them...

More Complaints About CPS Budgeting

More Complaints About CPS Budgeting
A dozen LSCs have asked the Attorney General to audit CPS finances, according to the Sun Times. Per-pupil budgeting will exacerbate inequalities, says at least one ed school expert in Progress IL.  Charter schools aren't "real" public schools, says the Reader's Ben Joravsky (again).  Most teacher preparation programs are mediocre, according to a report covered in the Wall Street Journal...
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CPS Gives, But Mostly Takes Away

CPS Gives, But Mostly Takes Away
News came out on Friday about layoffs -- with more to come -- plus Safe Passages hiring.  See lots of comments from over the weekend.  But also: Obama met with some Chicago kids on Father's Day, and Rahm is apparently no longer in control of the city. ...

Weekend Layoffs Open Thread

Weekend Layoffs Open Thread
Laid off? Know someone who was? My condolences.  CPS announced layoffs on Friday and more are to come -- not a surprise but certainly something no one wants to hear, especially if you're tenured or thought you were safe or were excited to follow your kids to another school and make that place work. Or perhaps you've got other things on your mind or links you'd like to share.  Here's the place -- every- and any-thing related to CPS or education in Chicago in general...

Unified Applications, Now!?

Unified Applications, Now!?
For years, CPS and its charter schools have been dragging their heels about unifying all the different school application procedures, timelines, and requirements that parents must go through.  More and more cities have been doing this -- so far, so good.  Your turn, CPS (and INCS)...
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CPS Denies Widespread Cuts

CPS Denies Widespread Cuts
There's tons of coverage of school-level budget cuts from schools, CTU, and INCS -- but CPS says that there are schools getting increases as well as decreases, and that the real issue is that the staffing decisions are now the principals' (and principals can't take the heat). Also: Public funds for private preschools. Whitney Young wins something. School bus driver shot (I'm surprised this hasn't happened before)...

School-Level Budget Cuts (Derp)

School-Level Budget Cuts (Derp)
School-level budget cuts are coming out in a few places and they're not pretty (I have a Network Budget Meeting deck below but is there a list of school cuts citywide?). Parents are key, says Trib editorial page (again). There are 50 overcrowded schools, but no -- it won't work to send kids from overcrowded schools to ones slated to close. The New Teacher Center.  Virtual charters. Retaining kids who can't read.  ...

"A[nother] Year Of Chaos"?

"A[nother] Year Of Chaos"?
Today's news includes tidbits about closings, charters, the budget, and truancy.  There's also a pointed Sun Times editorial you should check out.  Want more?  Check out the recent comments from veteran teachers concerned about funding cuts and school-based budgeting...
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The Plan! The Plan!

The Plan! The Plan!
There's lots and lots of coverage of the Byrd-Bennett plan -- and lots of questions and skepticism (and job worries) in just the first few hours since it was rolled out.  More to come.  Also: would someone please connect The Plan with the $1B budget gap closing plan Crain's talked about last week -- miracle, it's fixed! -- and the pension crisis?  ...