Archive for November 2013

Duncan Apologizes, White House Defends

Duncan Apologizes, White House Defends
Today's news includes more about the "white suburban moms" gaffe Arne Duncan made over the weekend. He's apologized (sort of) and the White House is defending him (for now). I think there's an opportunity for leadership here (re testing). Other news includes more about the Emanuel budget (the missing "Children's Fund") and a Chicago Magazine bit about CTU's tough choice between Quinn and Rauner...

Neighborhood Fair, "Suburban Moms"

Neighborhood Fair, "Suburban Moms"
Today's news includes stories about this weekend's neighborhood schools fair (did you go?) and the implications of the Park District pension deal (would it work for CPS?). National news includes Arne Duncan comments about "white suburban moms" that angered Common Core critics (white suburban moms?). In comments, readers  are talking about why Trumbull was closed and what will happen to the building next...

Emanuel's "Biggest Headache"

Emanuel's "Biggest Headache"
Politico’s new magazine has a big article about the Emanuel administration that in essence tells the story of how running Chicago hasn’t turned out to be as much fun as being Mayor is supposed to be these days. Education is described as Emanuel’s “biggest headache,” for which some of you can pat yourselves on the back.... Read more »
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Emmet Kids Doing Well At DePriest

Emmet Kids Doing Well At DePriest
Seems like a slow news day, but here's what I've got so far: a 60-school neighborhood school fair tomorrow, a proposal to remove the state charter commission by an Aurora legislator, some CPS mural restoration, an update on "welcoming" schools (DePriest).  Oh, and Bridgeport is worried that Vallas won't be paying attention to the district now that he's Quinn's running mate.  Plus national news...

Too Much Testing? It's Not So Clear

Too Much Testing? It's Not So Clear
Though not focused on Chicago specifically, my new piece is just up over at the Atlantic education page, describing the spate of recent parent opt-outs that’s been taking place around the country. Thanks to CPS Obsessed and other parents who talked to me about the situation. Clearly, opt-outs and other forms of protest are on the rise to... Read more »

Council Stalls On TIFF, Elected Board

Council Stalls On TIFF, Elected Board
Today’s education news roundup includes an NPR story about the success (so far) of Safe Passages and an update on yesterday’s City Council TIF debate.  Meanwhile, Minneapolis is getting its own teacher residency program, school violence is down nationally, the Washington Post editorial page is worried that the new NYC mayor will undo education improvements,... Read more »
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Whitney Teachers Doubted First Lady

Whitney Teachers Doubted First Lady
Today's news includes lots of second-day stories about Vallas getting the nod from Quinn, and WBEZ says CPS is going to get a smidgen of TIF money. Perhaps the most interesting bit is from First Lady Michelle Obama, who recounted in a speech on Tuesday that she was repeatedly told to lower her expectations at Whitney Young about getting into a top notch Ivy League school. Hard to imagine -- who would do that? National news includes longer days in other districts around the country and a new $30B preschool expansion proposal being debated in Congress that will likely never pass...

School Lice Letter

School Lice Letter
One of the most-read blog posts of last month on ChicagoNow is this made-up letter about kids getting lice from a principal (The letter I would WANT to send home about LICE if I were the school principal) at Moms Who Drink And Swear. Read a couple of excerpts below, or click the link and read the whole thing. No idea how it got so popular -- it's from a year ago! Are lice particularly bad this year...

Rahm Proposes $20M Lincoln Annex

Rahm Proposes $20M Lincoln Annex
Welcome back -- hope you had a good weekend.  Today's education news includes lots of back and forth over the proposed Lincoln Elementary annex -- which side are you on? --  plus a WBEZ story about how bad the ISAT schol report card site is, and more on the pick of Vallas to run as Lt. Governor. Oh, and Senn has re-signed Principal Lofton.  Nationally: They're suspending kindergartners in Baltimore...
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Veterans Day Open Comments

Veterans Day Open Comments
You're on your own this Veterans Day for news and gossip about education, though comments are open and I may lose my resolve and post some links later in the day (the news that Vallas is going to run with Quinn is pretty irresistible). At first glance, there's not much connection between education and veterans. But look below the surface and there connections start to emerge...