Congratulations to my Teach Plus Colleague Shelli Shadday on advocating on behalf of highly-effective teachers on Chicago Tonight. My favorite quotation came to her response to the union’s “fiery” rhetoric and whether it was fueling the distrust between the community and the district:
I think the Union has come out and brought communities together in a way we haven’t seen communities come together in a really long time. And its amazing to see parents and students come together to say, “I want my school! Don’t close my place of education. My safe space that I would rather stay at even when I am sick.”
Watch the entire interview by clicking here.
Starting in the 2013-2014 school years, Chicago Public School principals’ budgets will be based on per-pupil spending instead of the per-position spending from years past. The CPS marketing department must have been in full gear when they issued a press release heralding “autonomy” over the school budget for principals. As principals received their budgets for the next school year, many are realizing that their new “autonomy” is coming at a huge price; in some cases over $1 million. Many of the school’s budgets are short thousands of dollars for next year from the year before, which forces principals to make tough decisions about staffing for the next school year. Read More…
I would like to think that I am a person with a lot of ideas. Often, I have a very hard time articulating those ideas. This is why sometimes I leave the speaking to other other people. No one could convey my feelings about Rahm Emanuel (without using colorful language) better than Melissa Harris Perry did on her show. Read More…
Dear Rahm Emanuel:
This is not Washington! This is Chicago!
Chicago is a union town and everyone in this town knows it. I understand that you came in with your goal of making a bold statement on education by lengthening the school day and school year. Congratulations! But Rahm, this is Chicago! This is not Washington.