Category: Teachers & Teaching

Dismal CPS College Grad Rate Rises

Dismal CPS College Grad Rate Rises
Today's big education news is a UofC report showing that college graduation rates for CPS students are up -- dramatically -- but still aren't nearly as high as they need to be. Different news outlets frame the report differently --it's interesting to see.  Nationally, administrators have come out against using value-added scores for teacher evaluation, and NOLA teachers who lost their jobs after Katrina are running out of legal options...

In Depth With Rahm & Jesse

In Depth With Rahm & Jesse
Today's news roundup includes reactions to the Illinois pension lawsuit, more reactions to the CTU candidate evaluation (does it go too far?), an update from Catalyst about a parent opt out bill and a big story about Rahm's troubled relationship with the African-American community.  There's part 2 of Chicago Magazine's interview with CTU head Jesse Sharkey, and updates from the Garcia campaign about signatures and the campaign rollout. Plus national news and news from other cities (they're fighting about charter vs. district pushouts in NYC)...

Huberman Joins Rauner Transition

Huberman Joins Rauner Transition
Happy Friday!  Today's news roundup includes Ron Huberman being named to the Rauner transition team (and why Quinn/Vallas lost), more about the CTU endorsement of Chuy Garcia over Bob Fioretti, and a slew of stories about a new 34-school effort called The Success Project that UChicago is going to oversee.  Plus lots of comments about whether to blame CTU for ruined vacation plans, and whether Rauner et al will ban strikes by teachers (which is apparently something that only 12 states still allow)...
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Embattled Charters - For Now

Embattled Charters - For Now
The gist of the two panels I participated in at the INCS statewide conference yesterday was just how embattled the charter movement feels these days -- and may continue to feel even in Bruce Rauner wins the governorship.  Whether charter supporters should feel bad, or will continue to do so, is another question. In some ways, it was an echo of the feeling I got at the recent PIE Network annual summit held here last month, about which I keep meaning to write but haven't yet. Read on for some observations and links, then feel free to share your insights or experiences.  ...

National Union Re-Evaluating $1M To CTU

National Union Re-Evaluating $1M To CTU
Halloween Friday roundup:  CTU not endorsing any individual candidate but still trying to influence the race.  Meantime, the AFT national may not fund the race now that Lewis is out. More immediately, ISBE released new report card information, and there are lots of stories about the results (nothing CPS-specific yet).  Nationally, 100K teachers and parents signed the AFT petition against TIME's magazine cover, and Indianapolis is canceling a teacher-led turnaround plan...

TIME Covers Tenure

TIME Covers Tenure
By popular request, let's talk about that TIME magazine cover story about efforts to rein in teacher tenure (currently being litigated in CA and NY), starting with a pair of opposing posts  by Ray Salazar and Second City Teacher.  In other news, the Waukegan strike is dragging on, and there's a new documentary about the CPS school closings of 2013. Nationally, teachers unions have put $7M into the CA race for state superintendent and $450K into the New Orleans school board elections...
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Will Lewis' Impact Continue?

Will Lewis' Impact Continue?
It's a grab-bag of news today, including In These Times' reflections on the impact of Karen Lewis, a belated Tribune story on the departure of Winkler (or maybe just an errant RSS feed), and a Sun Times' piece on clout contractors getting CPS contracts despite a ban. That documentary about school closings is premiering. Nationally, the teachers unions are making a big $60 million play on the November midterm elections, and opinions vary on why Deasy left LAUSD. What else? Let us know in comments below or on Twitter at @district299 or Facebook...

Report: CPS Leads Way On Testing Transparency

Report: CPS Leads Way On Testing Transparency
There's no shortage of things going wrong in CPS, and writing about even occasional or partial successes seems like it's gone out of style among education reporters in town, but a new report from a Hillary Clinton-affiliated DC think tank has the gall to single out CPS for praise when it comes to transparency and information provided to parents and the public around -- yes! -- district testing practices...

Lewis Hands Over CTU Reins - What Next?*

Lewis Hands Over CTU Reins - What Next?*
*Correction: The original version of this headline, Lewis Steps Down - What Next? -- wasn't accurate. The big news of the past 24 hours is that Karen Lewis has handed control of the CTU over and that we don't know much more about her health and that she has a serious illness of some kind. What happens next -- for Lewis, for CTU, or the mayoral race -- is something nobody really seems to know much about.  Check out coverage from the Tribune, Sun Times, and pretty much everyone else below.  What do you think happens next?  The mayoral race implications are pretty clear, but how will CTU and CPS be affected?  ...
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Lewis Health Update This Afternoon, Says CTU

Lewis Health Update This Afternoon, Says CTU
There's supposed to be an update on Karen Lewis this afternoon, but otherwise no news that I can find. Meanwhile, City Hall plans to expand pre-K are getting fleshed out (it's been very popular in NYC, where Mayor de Blasio made it a central campaign pledge). Catalyst has a story about student fees that I'm sure is very good though I think I remember seeing a version in the Sun-Times or Tribune earlier this year (anyone remember?). Check it all out below.  Crossed fingers (and prayers, if that's your thing) for Lewis...