Archive for October 2013

Budget "Fixed" - But Not Pensions

Budget "Fixed" - But Not Pensions
So there’s a city budget – but still no pension solution. The Board approved the grade promotion changes outlined recently, and gave Jesse Owen’s name back to the school. Charter schools claim big successes, but others say not so fast. BUDGET Mayor Emanuel warns of pension ‘cliff’ in 2014 budget speech WBEZ: The mayor touted the... Read more »

Budgets, Contracts, King Resignation

Budgets, Contracts, King Resignation
Today's education news: Emanuel's budget, CPS Board meeting day (featuring UNO contract), charter schools perform well, melee at Julian HS, resignation at King College Prep...

Video: '63 Boycott

Video: '63 Boycott
Roughly 200,000 kids boycotted Chicago public schools on October 22, 1963, and there's a new documentary coming out about it. Here's more info. Clip is below. Showing tonight at Du Sable (see previous post)...
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Tech Teaching, New Preschool Vision

Tech Teaching, New Preschool Vision
Some teachers embrace tech to teach, says WBEZ.  Others are trying to start a new preschool, reports Catalyst. TIF for DePaul, or for CPS? Meantime, WBEZ reporters Linda Luton and Becky Vevea won a couple of big journalism awards recently, via the Reader.  Also: Vision screening, '63 Boycott screening tonight, and national news...

EdTech Program Loses Mellios

EdTech Program Loses Mellios
While some districts (LAUSD, Guilford County N(NC) are having big problems with their tablet rollouts, Chicago seems to be having a much easier (if also slower-moving) experience. For a time, CPS claimed to be “the largest centralized deployment of iPads in the United States.”  However, it started with a pilot program — just 750 devices... Read more »

Top Minorities Shun Teaching [Except Via TFA]

Top Minorities Shun Teaching [Except Via TFA]
While TFA has a reputation for recruiting lily-white affluent kids, the reality is that the organization and other alternative certification programs are doing better at recruiting high-scoring minorities than many traditional teacher prep programs.  See WBEZ below...
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CPS Eases Retention Reqs

CPS Eases Retention Reqs
Friday's education news: Student retention eased, budgets, UNO troubles, zoning approval for new charter across from Prosser. Plus comments, and Twitter (@district299)...

State Funding, TIF Reserves

State Funding, TIF Reserves
UNO is in trouble again — with the SEC this time. Lawmakers want to lower state education funding for CPS, and CPS parents want more TIF funding from City Hall.  Meanwhile, the budget deal to restart the federal government extends the TFA loophole. TEACHERS [NATIONAL] Study: D.C.’s teacher evaluation system affects workforce Washington Post: Rewards and punishments... Read more »

Smidgen More Cash For Schools

Smidgen More Cash For Schools
EXTRA $10M CPS finalizes how much state and federal money schools will get to help poor kids Sun Times: Turns out that CPS has more poor kids than originally projected for this 2013-14 school year, so it’ll also get more money to help them — a net total of almost $10 million — from the state and... Read more »
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Parents Pick Own "Welcoming" Schools

Parents Pick Own "Welcoming" Schools
RECEIVING SCHOOLS / CLOSING SCHOOLS Only 60 percent of students from Chicago’s closed schools turn up at ‘welcoming schools’ WBEZ: But enrollment figures obtained by WBEZ through an open records request show CPS overstated enrollment at the receiving schools by more than 2,000 students. Many shun CPS’ plan for ‘welcoming’ schools Chicago Tribune: Almost half the youngsters most affected by... Read more »