Rod Estvan“This budget does not even attempt to formulate a plan to address the structural deficit the district is faced with.” -- Access Living’s budget analyst Rod Estvan The latest proposed Chicago Public Schools budget, due to be voted on tomorrow will badly hurt children with disabilities, says Estvan.The problem is part of the city's inability to […]
“Please join State Senator Bill Cunningham, Alderman Howard Brookins, and I [Representative Frances Hurley] for a Burglary Prevention Seminar at St. Margaret of Scotland on Wednesday, July 23rd from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please enter through the south entrance of school. We hope to see you there.” Indeed, public employees are promised certain retirement co […]
Letters From the Inside: Thank you, Mr. Ratto.In the last few months, I have had the opportunity and pleasure to have some time to converse with active teachers who remain in the classroom trying to construct great lessons for children while being subjected to an often threatening and reductionist matrix by forces cascading down from well outside the school […]
Dear Everyone, Not long after I began teaching Language Arts at the high school level in a Chicago suburb, I underwent very serious surgery that was unexpected. When I returned to the classroom, I was still healing and would be … Continue reading →
Interactive clinic with POCDE members from 3-5 p.m. Clinic registration online at www.pocde.org Free preview performance from 5-6 p.m. You need not participate in the clinic to attend the preview performance.
Detroit workers, retirees give bankruptcy plan a boost ChicagoTribune.com (Reuters) – Detroit will head into the critical phase of its historic bankruptcy case next month with the backing of an overwhelming majority of its active and retired workers and with opposition from a small, hard-core group of hold-out creditors.
And that's that. I'm done blogging for the season, at least here.I'm headed up to moose country for the summer. My family loves this time of the year; the wi-fi frees up and the dog is out of the house for a whole month and a half.I'm moving all my posts over to a new blog now that RPNPS is in full hiatus. That space isn't ready yet, […]
PEORIA, IL -- From a news release: New Report Outlines Risk and Costs that Dynegy’s Coal-fired power Plants Place on Illinois Communities Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance, Sierra Club, Prairie Rivers Network Highlight Path for Communities to Transition Away from...
I've been attending curriculum development workshops all week. We're looking at Common Core, without which no sentient being can function, and one of our sub-categories is rubrics. Yesterday we created some of our own.I'll be frank. I have never liked rubrics. The first time I saw them was when a new, two-day, four-composition English Regents […]
Since the Great Depression Adolph Hitler, Margaret Thatcher, and assorted right wing South American despots have been the loudest voices fueling a backlash against the labor unions. Last week, the right-wing gained an unlikely new ally: Carmel Martin. Ms. Martin wrote an opinion piece for the Chicago Sun-Times calling the teachers unions foolish for opposing […]
Principal Resignation Letterhttp://iamschicago.com/sites/iamschicago.com/files/ResignationfromInter-American.doc.pdfExcerpt:"In my vision about student achievement, a principal needs to be proactive and have autonomy in making decisions that work with her school and vision. In my four years at Inter-American, I have had four CEO’s. Each CEO has had a dr […]
It appears that Campbell Brown, in the wake of Michelle Rhee's continuing descent into irrelevance, is going to be the new face of reforminess for the foreseeable future. Say what you will about Rhee, at least she taught for a couple of years; Brown forms her opinions about teachers, however, unencumbered by even that little bit of experience:Under New […]
Last week, I delved a little deeper into this issue of teachers of color, hoping to sow some of the prevailing narratives up and construct something more cogent. Yet, when it comes down to it, the lack of teachers of color is a symptom and not a cause of the education gaps we currently see. Time and again, we get reports from former teachers of color about […]
But one decision, one rule, I kept. Almost. I decided not to go into my school. When my sabbatical was approved, May of 2013, I had to make some decisions about the school year that just passed. I chose an institution to take courses, and then I changed, and then I partially changed again. And […]
Under former State Superintendent Tony Bennett, five schools–four in Indianapolis and one in Gary–were taken over by the state and given to private operators. Students are leaving, there’s not enough money, and there is acrimony between the private operators and the schools. The new State Superintendent Glenda Ritz prefers improving schools rather than takin […]
A new guide to charter messaging urges advocates to steer clear of corporate speak Once every four minutes, a passionate charter advocate accidentally lapses into the kind of clinical corporate speak that can leave listeners cold—not to mention kids out … Continue reading →
Brokerage firm founder Charles Schwab rode the emerging wave of online investing to amass client assets of over $2 trillion, and a net worth of $6 billion. He's now become one of the biggest patrons of corporate-style school reform, investing millions in privately-run charters schools like KIPP, Teach for America, The New Teacher Project, and Michelle R […]