Tag: ron huberman

Youth Violence Too Big For Huberman To Handle

The sad saga of Ron Huberman’s SuperSecret violence prevention plan continues to unfold, full of shifting numbers, unexplained delays, and looming obstacles.  The number of kids identified as most at risk has now changed several times, according to the Tribune.  Neither the much-vaunted victims study, the no-bid contract, or the full plan of action have... Read more »

Remembering Michael Scott -- And Asking Questions

Questions Swirl Around Michael Scott’s Untimely Death NBC“We know what the ME ruled,” said Police Superintendent Jody Weis during a press conference. “But there are a lot of questions out there.” Isolated location no place for such a public man to die Tribune (John Kass)The place where he fell is a no-man’s land along the... Read more »

Catalyst Magazine Rolls Out Some Updates

What do you think about these three recent offerings from Catalyst Magazine, which focus on increases in reported violence, value-added elementary school ratings, and Grow Your Own? Violence on the rise inside Chicago high schools. In the past year, violent incidents inside or on the grounds of Chicago’s high schools rose by almost 20 percent…Over... Read more »

Caught On Tape: The Response To Derrion Albert's Murder

Five key elements of the much-covered (but little-understood) response by the Board of Education, the City, and the Obama administration to the murder of Fenger High School student Derrion Albert: A hastily-planned, one day summit at a downtown hotel?  A handful of additional federal dollars and a lot of hand-waving?  Really – that’s all you... Read more »

School Violence Summit-Just Another Dog & Pony Show?

I’ll be posting everything I can find about the big “violence summit” here, which is turning into a local and national event.  [See additions by clicking at bottom.] Breakfast with Mayor Daley. Will meet with families of victims Lynn Sweet Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder are expected to meet privately with... Read more »

Colbert Plays Arne Soft On TV Comedy Show

Arne Duncan was on the Colbert Report last night, talking about education and (of course) playing one on one against Colbert.  I didn’t think it was all that funny — Arne just says the same things over and over again, and Colbert likes education too much to make good fun of it — but watch... Read more »

Monday Morning Education News

There’s actually lots of education news that’s not about Fenger or youth violence: Former foster child now a million-dollar scholar Tribune When Quarles was 5, the state took him away from his mother. He spent his childhood bouncing from home to home before ending up on his own at 17 in an apartment on Chicago’s... Read more »

Who's Adrienne Hiegel (And Why's She Still Working At CPS)?

The inspector general has some serious questions about how Ron Huberman supervised a contract when he was running the 911 unit — and some even more serious allegations about his aide, Adrienne Hiegel, who currently works at the Board of Education. According to the Sun Times story: The report accuses her of directing underlings to... Read more »

Enough Already -- Where's The Youth Violence Plan?

It’s Friday afternoon just about dismissal time.  Prime fight time for CPS students, according to Linda Lutton, who predicts one is taking place at 35th and King right about now.  Indeed, CPS educators and longtime readers of this blog know that fights are distressingly common and frequently go unreported.  Parent Matt Farmer recently wrote that... Read more »

A Good Time To End The Education Lottery

While the Board of Education and much of the public are trying to figure out how to “fix” Chicago’s selective enrollment and magnet program admissions policies now that the desegregation decree has been lifted, little thought seems to be going to what may be a timely alternative:  getting rid of magnet, selective, and other programs... Read more »