Teacher Ratings Are Out - How'd You Do?

Teacher Ratings Are Out - How'd You Do?

The second year of the new rating system is out (how’d the process go this time, and how’d you do?).  Chuy Garcia is ramping up his campaign, with a progressive coalition behind him. Schools near St. Louis may be dismissed or cancelled if and when the decision in Ferguson is released (could be today). Plus RIP, Jane Byrne (remind me again if she had a big role in CPS changes). Nationally, state superintendent turnover is on the rise,districts struggle with how to pick holidays and what to name them, and some privacy advocates are concerned about programs like ClassDojo.


Most teachers get high ratings in second year of new system Catalyst: 65 percent of the 7,031 evaluated teachers were rated proficient or excellent. In comparison, just 58 percent received these high ratings a year earlier.

Karen Lewis’ Replacement at the CTU Has a Message for Rahm Emanuel In These Times: Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey is ready to take the reins in Karen Lewis’ absence. (photo via Chicago Tonight).


Mayoral Candidate Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia Criticizes Emanuel On Crime, Schools CBS Local: Garcia said he supports an elected school board, wants more transparency at the Chicago Board of Education and wants to give power back to local school councils, which he said have lost much of their power under the current system, in which the mayor

Emanuel’s new challenger faces fundraising, support challenges Chicago Tribune: The latest entrant into the Chicago mayor’s race said Tuesday that he hopes to knock off Rahm Emanuel by inheriting the momentum Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis had started to build before a sudden illness prevented her from running.

Potent anti-biz group endorses 14 City Council candidates Crain’s Chicago Business: Between the Chicago Teachers Union, which has backed its first three aldermanic candidates already, and other unions and progressive groups mobilizing for the race, Mayor Rahm Emanuel will have his hands full maintaining a supportive City Council while …

Union Partnerships With Progressive Groups Crucial To Labor Movement’s Future, Experts Say Progress IL:  The future strength of American unions, which have seen their membership rates tumble over recent decades, will depend on stronger partnerships with progressive groups, national labor leaders said at a University of Chicago discussion on the topic Thursday night.


Jane Byrne left a colorful legacy Tribune: Jane Byrne, who died Friday at age 81, presided over a time of political change in Chicago; she was the city’s first, and still its only, female mayor.


Cash-strapped Chicago schools eager for more sponsorship deals Chicago Tribune: “Partnering with civic-minded organizations to promote our numerous high-quality programs and activities will bring in revenue that could make a real difference for our students,” said CPS Chief Executive Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in a statement.

Man Shot And Killed Along Englewood Safe Passage Route CBS Local: A man died Thursday after being found with multiple gunshot wounds along aChicago Public Schools Safe Passage route in Englewood.

St. Louis-area schools may shutter ahead of Ferguson verdict Chicago Tribune: A suburban St. Louis school district told parents that it expects to receive at least three hours’ notice from prosecutors when a grand jury decides whether to charge a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson.


What’s the Turnover for State Education Chiefs in Recent Years? State EdWatch: In the past 33 months, 29 states have replaced their state K-12 chiefs at least once, or are officially scheduled to replace their state K-12 chiefs due to last week’s elections or for other reasons.

Smarter Balanced tests are still a work in progress EdSource Today: The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium provided a sneak peek for their final computer-adaptive tests in early October, tests to be administered to roughly 25 percent of the country’s grade 3-8 and 11 students in spring 2015 to measure, initially, status and, eventually, growth in achievement on the new Common Core academic standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics.

Privacy Concerns for ClassDojo and Other Tracking Apps for Schoolchildren NYT: Many teachers say the ClassDojo app helps them automate the task of recording classroom conduct, but some critics say such apps are being adopted without sufficiently considering the ramifications for data privacy and fairness.

Common Core Reading: Difficult, Dahl, Repeat NPR: Backers of the Common Core say it’s important for kids to tackle complex texts. Critics argue that reading shouldn’t be a struggle for kids. We’ll visit one classroom that borrows from both sides.

Child Homelessness on the Rise in US ABC News: New report details rise of child homelessness in US, says more affordable housing needed.

Board Decision Revives Discussion About Religion In Public Schools NPR: One of the largest public school systems in the U.S. dropped religious affiliations for holidays on its school calendar. The decision represents a classic church and state battle.


Montgomery schools chief cites both successes and urgency in closing gaps Washington Post: Montgomery County must redouble its efforts to close the achievement gap between students of different racial and socioeconomic groups, while preparing all students for success in a 21st century world, the school system’s leader said this week in his yearly “State of the Schools” address.

Info on 8,000 Seattle Schools students improperly released Seattle Times: Seattle Public Schools is asking for federal help to figure out how a law firm working for the district released the personal information about students receiving special-education services.

Public Charter Schools That Failed to Meet Texas Standards Are Still Operating Texas Tribune: A district with seven campuses was told that they could no longer be called open-enrollment charter schools, but opened their doors anyway.

LAUSD and teachers union remain divided; UTLA to hold rallies this week LA Daily News: A two-year pay hike totaling 6.64 percent and a controversial teacher evaluation system are major points of contention that continue to prevent the Los Angeles Unified School District and representatives of its 35,000-member teachers union from reaching a new contract.

School apologizes for video that faked shooting AP: A California school district apologized for a video spoof that ended with a security officer pretending to shoot students from a rival high school with a toy gun….



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  • Who cares?
    It was thirdly years ago tomorrow November 21, 1984 that Ben Wilson died.I will never forget the two hysterical girls who told me " Benji got popped"as I walked over to the men"s toilet to have a smoke.Watching our cop at one sink and Bob Hambric at another one, both washing his blood off their hands,is just one memory of that horrendous day.I still carry.
    I guess some of us had survivors guilt.After that such things as evaluations seemed a minor part of life.Later on when we had to sign the forms i actually looked at mine,before then right into the garbage can in the principals office.Ben's death saved Simeon from the fate of most South Side Ghetto Schools it is still there and still thriving.

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