Archive for July 2015

Southwest side Chicago Public Schools organize against Noble Street Charter School Network

Today’s anti-charter-school public meeting at Kelly High School, organized by the Brighton Park Community Council, appeared to have two objectives: 1. Change the public’s negative view of Southwest side neighborhood high schools 2. Prevent Noble Street, which operates 16 campuses, from opening and getting any Chicago Public Schools money. The variety of student speakers and... Read more »

Why hiring more Latino teachers is not the solution

On Friday, the Chicago City Council Latino Caucus released a statement criticizing Mayor Rahm Emanuel for the lack of Latino leaders in the Chicago Public Schools.  Interim CPS CEO Jesse Ruiz resumed his position as vice-president of the Board of Education—not president–generating some backlash against the mayor for not naming Ruiz to a higher leadership... Read more »

Why Chicago Public Schools CEOs fail at being transformational leaders

Today, Mayor Rahm Emanuel named yet another Chicago Public Schools CEO–Forrest Claypool—to lead our troubled school district.  Yes, we are troubled at the school level, but today’s troubles are due to poor district leadership.  In the last 20 years that I’ve been in education, the CPS CEOs failed to transform our district because Paul Vallas,... Read more »

Mayor Emanuel announces Little Village park--but it's not enough

Yesterday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new 21.5 acre park in Little Village on land that used to be a polluted brownfield and sits next to Cook County Jail.  “We want to prove that when you actually have all these activities, crime goes down, kids are safer,” they mayor said at the press conference. Kim... Read more »