Archive for August 2014

A New Voice For CPS Principals

A New Voice For CPS Principals
Lewis gets bad poll news.  Emanuel returns from NYC.  CPS principals start new advocacy organization.  Reporters dish on covering CPS. Are West Side schools discriminating against poor students? Nationally, Huffington Post reports that Michelle Rhee is leaving StudentsFirst, and the union in Kansas is fighting against the tenure repeal law there...

Is Lewis Backing Out Of Race?

Is Lewis Backing Out Of Race?
Today's education news includes updates on the Karen Lewis candidacy (sounds like she's waffling -- is that bad?), a few more stories about last year's test scores (more to come), and Friday's hearing about the Lincoln expansion/annex.  Elsewhere, school is starting already, and the latest round of TFA recruits are 60 percent minority (more than most district systems). Check it all out below, and let us know what we're missing in the comments...

CPS Releases NWEA Scores - But Not ISATs

CPS Releases NWEA Scores - But Not ISATs
Big news of the day is the release of the latest NWEA scores -- which are up in many ways -- but not the ISATs, which have gotten harder and probably didn't come out as well. Also big is the return of Karen Lewis from vacation, doing the media rounds to fan speculation about her mayoral run...
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Neighborhood Schools Vs. Choice?

Neighborhood Schools Vs. Choice?
WBEZ's follow-up choice story is out -- this time focusing on the decline in kids attending neighborhood magnet schools.  What do you think -- is choice bad, or are neighborhood schools not worth saving? Plus more from Catalyst about truancy, news about state troopers coming to Chicago to help improve safety, school-level news (ChiArts, Canter, Englewood), and some trash talking from CTU president Karen Lewis (who has apparently blocked me)...

Mayor Names New Education Deputy

Mayor Names New Education Deputy
Big news of the day is that Arnaldo Rivera will replace Beth Swanson as education deputy at City Hall -- anybody know or worked with him? Also: They're selling old CPS buildings.  There's a new principals' advocacy group. Roughly 900 CPS teachers aren't fully licensed -- and some unknown number are mismatched with their assignments.  What else -- you ready for the year to start yet...

Waiting For The New Testing Schedule

Waiting For The New Testing Schedule
Some days there's just no obvious headline -- just a jumble of stories (Rauner protesters, Catalyst in depth on school arrests, developers looking at empty CPS buildings, new principal needed at Earle STEM, etc.). This is one of those days.  Maybe it's I'm missing a story and will add it in comments.  Maybe it's just August. Hey, is the testing calendar out yet, by the way? ...
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"You Don't Really Know Us," Say CPS Kids

"You Don't Really Know Us," Say CPS Kids
Today's news roundup include information about the pension deposit SNAFU, more about Quinn's union endorsements, a bit of followup on the Simeon program cuts. We already knew that "Chicagoland" included staged scenes, but now we find out that one of the students featured in the documentary  was shot and wounded. There was an NPR segment about the "you don't know us" letter written by some Chicago students, and lots of recommendations from the big truancy report. Thanks for all the comments over the weekend -- even the crazy ones...

Mayor's Aide Leaves For Joyce

Mayor's Aide Leaves For Joyce
Emanuel’s deputy education chief leaving post Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s point person on Chicago Public Schools is leaving City Hall today to join the Joyce Foundation. Sweeping reforms suggested to fix CPS truancy crisis Chicago Tribune: Chicago schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett promised improvements in the wake of the 2012 Tribune investigation, but statistics Chicago officials provided to the task force show... Read more »