Archive for March 2014

"This American Life" Vs. CNN

"This American Life" Vs. CNN
News that This American Life has been awarded the Jack R. Howard Award for In-Depth Radio Coverage for “Harper High School” by the Scripps media awards this year makes me wonder how the radio story compares in your mind to CNN’s depiction of Fenger in “Chicagoland.” It’s no comparison in some ways — public radio... Read more »

Guzzardi, Rauner Win - Plus STEM

Guzzardi, Rauner Win - Plus STEM
Guzzardi won.  So did Rauner. Travis lost. Rodrigo Sierra (former CPS Board member) is running for LSC at Blaine and InterAmerican. Rahm swears at everyone. CPS is launching a new STEM program (at your school?). Chicago Mag names 12 best neighborhoods for diversity and schools (among other things). Plus national news, and other cities.  Plus comments, and twitter (@district299)...

New (Outside) Voices Next Week

New (Outside) Voices Next Week
Sick of a diet made up only of CPS, CTU-related, and BPI events and arguments?  Starting to think that City Hall and CTU are the are only two perspectives on what CPS should do, or are there only two sides to this argument to choose from?  You might want to check out this event next... Read more »
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Is A Unionized Charter Still A Charter?

Is A Unionized Charter Still A Charter?
Rahm rallies Safe Passage workers. UNO teachers ratify first union contract (what do you think?). Chicagoland spoilers. Primary elections today. Plus: New study suggests homework burden isn't nearly as high as you think it is, and other national news. In comments, readers discuss whether it matters or not where I type this blog post from (and my facial hair)...

The "War" On Charter Schools!?

The "War" On Charter Schools!?
Welcome back! Today's news includes a Tribune editorial about the "war" on charter schools, a WBEZ story about the on-again, off-again plans to sell closed schools (plus a Catalyst story about costs and savings from closing schools), a couple of pieces about Chicagoland (have you been watching?), and a handful of election-related stories (CTU is closely involved in some of these campaigns). Plus a new study showing charters doing well by poor Latino kids in LA, and Indiana dropping out of the Common Core...

CPS & CTU Are Killing LSCs

CPS & CTU Are Killing LSCs
Unions spend big on Republican campaigns (that's your money). LSC deadline looms (I blame CTU and CPS equally for abandoning LSCs). Shaw For Mayor (!?). Parents have to figure out what to do if their kids didn't get into a first or second choice. Some folks don't like how Chicagoland is portraying CPS students.  Plus news from other cities and around the nation (and throughout the day at @district299)...
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Blaming Charters For The Weather

Blaming Charters For The Weather
A few things to note about Steve Bogira's Reader post (The impact of charter school expansion), which attempts (and fails) to blame charter schools for any number of ills affecting Chicago and its legacy school system.  The only thing Bogira doesn't blame charters for is the weather. But he comes pretty close...

State Scraps Testing Reqs (Too Many White Teachers)

State Scraps Testing Reqs (Too Many White Teachers)
The state's scrapped minimum test scores for teachers (84 percent of current teachers are white).  North Lawndale needs Legacy charter school.  Chicagoland nails Chicago.  How can unions win? "Accidental" application for Howard Ave alternative school.  Plus lots of national news and other cities (and Chicago education news all day at @district299)...

All Year, All Substitutes!?

All Year, All Substitutes!?
A West Side school with lots of substitutes.  A state proposal to look into an elected school board for Chicago. CTU says it's not endorsing anyone in the Gubernatorial. In NYC, they might require charter schools to "backfill" (enroll midyear transfers, which we've talked about before). More below -- and throughout the day at @district299...
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Closings Made It Harder For New CPS Parents?

Closings Made It Harder For New CPS Parents?
Here's an interesting email (used with permission) from a Chicago parent who read my recent Education Next article (Reforming Rahm) and thought that I under-estimated the impact of the closings on the number of options available to parents trying to stay in public schools. It was much harder to get into a school this past year, he writes, and eventually they ended up going the private school route. What do you think...