Tag Archive | School Closings

Do You Want to Know What’s Wrong? Follow the Money!

Scantron FormCan you imagine a world where the learning focus of the district, school, teachers, and parents is centered on project-based learning? Sounds impossible right? Well, the PBS Newshour did an expose on one small school district in Kentucky that is doing just that. Read More…

“The Union has Brought Communities Together”

Shelli Shaddy, CPS Teacher  Source: Chicago Tonight

Shelli Shaddy, CPS Teacher
Source: Chicago Tonight

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.

If it Sounds Too Good to be True, It Probably Is!

Source: cps.edu

Source: cps.edu

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…

Nice Try Barbara, But We See You! An Open Letter to Barbara Byrd Bennett

Barbara Byrd Bennett, CEO of Chicago Public Schools Source: chicagotonight.wttw.com

Barbara Byrd Bennett, CEO of Chicago Public Schools
Source: chicagotonight.wttw.com

Dear Barbara,

I caught your appearance on Chicago Tonight trying to reassure Chicagoans that your five-year plan you call “The Next Generation: Chicago’s Children” is going to be the saving grace to a district that has been plagued with educational, cultural, and fiscal problems reaching further back than your days in Cleveland. Nice Try Barbara, but We See You! Read More…