New York Times Column Exaggerates Mayor's Record

David Leonhardt's Sunday New York Times column credulously praised Mayor Rahm Emanuel's education record, seemingly based exclusively on data provided by Mayor Emanuel in October in emails FOIAed by the Better Government Association. But the mayor's record is more mixed than Leonhardt concedes.  There have been academic gains, but they have been marked by racial and economic inequality. In Chicago, the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) Trial Urban School District (TUDA) data shows that  achievement gaps between white students and both black and Hispanic ones and between those qualifying and not qualifying for free school lunches have expanded substantially under the Emanuel mayorship. The gaps grew by double-digits while scores for blacks, Hispanics, and free-lunch eligible students grew by single digits or not all between 2011 and 2015. NAEP measures math and reading in 4th and 8th grade. In 8th grade reading, there was no statistically significant gain in scores for black, Hispanic, or free-lunch eligible students and none for 4th grade Hispanics. For math, black students had no statistically significant gains in either grade. In other words, math and reading scores increases were driven primarily by gains from white students and students with higher family incomes.  Continue reading

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The Weekly Ed Update- 3.10.17

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Our statement on CPS' retraction of some mid-year cuts

Today CPS announced they will “restore” $15M of the $46M recently “frozen” from schools’ discretionary accounts. This is still $31M in mid-year cuts at our schools. Raise Your Hand testified at both budget hearings on February 13th. We testified that the cuts the district chose disproportionately impacted schools with more low-income students. These are schools receiving federal Title I and Supplemental General State Aid (SGSA) funds. Continue reading

The Weekly Ed Update- 2.17.17

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Parent statements from the 2.22.17 Unelected BOE Meeting

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RYH statement on mid-year budget cuts

We have many questions about how the proposed cuts were determined, and why schools receiving Title 1 and SGSA funds received disproportionately higher cuts. While we agree strongly that the state must do a better job of funding education equitably, and should provide pension parity, CPS has to improve their practices of funding schools equitably within the district and creating policies that impact schools fairly. Continue reading

The Weekly Ed Update- 2.10.17: CPS Budget Cuts Hit Again

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