An unpublished op-ed: On the Collateral Damage of NWEA

We're honored to publish this op-ed which was written for the Chicago Tribune but went unpublished. It's worth a read. The author is Martin Gartzman, a Senior Associate at UChicago STEM Education at the University of Chicago. From 2002–2006, Gartzman served as the CPS Chief Mathematics and Science Officer, where he directed the Chicago Math and Science Initiative (CMSI), the district’s touted program for mathematics and science improvement. Continue reading

This Week in Ed 3.6.20: 🗳️ LSC Resources; Coronavirus & Schools; Plus, this week's news.

UPDATE: On March 5, around 1:45PM, CPS announced that they are extending the LSC nomination deadline to Friday, March 13, 3PM. Everything you need to to apply for your school's LSC can be found at this CPS LSC Elections webpage. LSC nominations are officially closed! We have created a LSC webpage where folks can learn about LSC 101, LSC Campaign Basics, LSC Voting and Effective LSC Practices. Please take our LSC survey, which will help us continue to grow our resources and LSC support! The CPS LSC Elections webpage has a timeline of what to expect between now and LSC elections which are Wed, April 22 (elementary schools) & Th, April 23 (high schools). Continue reading

This Week in Ed 2.27.20: CPS calendar released, NWEA irregularities, BOE meets, and more!

First day of school is Sept 8, 2020. Last day of school is June 22, 2021. Chalkbeat Chicago: Chicago releases 2020-21 school calendar, says first day of school will be Sept. 8 and the Sun-Times: CPS releases calendar for 2020-21 school year have it covered.  Continue reading

RYH Statement at the Feb 2020 CPS Board of Ed Meeting

CPS now live streams monthly Board of Ed meetings on the CPS YouTube channel. This meeting's video is here. You can read our live tweets from the meeting here. Our prepared statement and press leading up to the meeting and from the meeting is below- there's quite a lot of press.  Continue reading

Run for Local School Council!

Make a difference in your school community! Run for Local School Council (LSC)!  UPDATE: On March 5, around 1:45PM, CPS announced that they are extending the LSC nomination deadline to Friday, March 13, 3PM.  LSC Candidate materials: CPS LSC Elections web page. Candidate materials are due to your school on Th, March 5, 3pm, OR to CPS LSC Office (2651 W Washington Blvd) on Tues, Feb 28, 3pm. LSC Elections: Wed, April 22 (elementary schools) & Th, April 23 (high schools)   Continue reading

This Week in Ed 2.20.20: On racial equity in our schools: 2 letters. Plus, Lincoln Yards TIF back in the news.

How are we supposed to trust our city government when the Lincoln Yards TIF report that was given to Alderfolks was authored by a Lincoln Yards lobbyist? What does it say about our priorities when the city is able to sweep this massive conflict of interest under the rug to give Sterling Bay $1.3 billion (almost $500 million less than what is being proposed for the Invest South West initiative)? Our schools are underfunded by $1.9B. Chicago Tribune: Aldermen relied on a study to approve $1.3 billion for Sterling Bay’s Lincoln Yards. Turns out that Sterling Bay hired the consultant who wrote it. We would love to see what the Lightfoot Administration has to say as they clearly believed that this conflict of interest should not exist (they quietly changed the policy in the summer; now City Hall can hire TIF consultants who will report to the city.)  Continue reading

This Week in Ed 2.13.20: Thoughts on the future CPS Inspector General...

  We are truly honored to receive the Ron Sable Award for Activism from Crossroads Fund!  We will receive the award at their annual benefit, Seeds of Change. We hope you can join us at this event on March 27 to celebrate our collective work and to support the phenomenal work of Crossroads Fund! Continue reading

Do you believe CPS should be held accountable for racial equity?

Raise Your Hand is asking its supporters to sign onto a petition that calls for an independent authority to investigate racial inequities in our school system.    Continue reading

This Week in Ed 2.6.20: CPS Inspector General quits- plus, this week’s public ed news!

The Sun-Times reported this weekend that the CPS Inspector General (IG), Nicholas Schuler, was “under investigation” due to “accusations he allegedly berated employees.” On Monday, he abruptly quit. On Tuesday, Mayor Lightfoot said she accepted the IG’s resignation because “we need to go in a different direction.” Yesterday, there were new stories with Schuler responding to the situation. This is definitely a story to watch.  WTTW: Outgoing CPS Watchdog Admits Some Complaints Against Him Were ‘Justified’ Sun-Times: CPS watchdog admits he drove employees ‘excessively hard,’ urges mayor to appoint another ‘outspoken IG’ Continue reading

This Week in Ed 1.30.20: CPS School Funding Workshops- there are 5 more! Plus, this week's news!

"Worthwhile" was how a few attendees described last night's CPS School Funding Working Group meeting held at Amundsen HS. These workshops are part of a larger initiative to examine Student Based Budgeting (SBB) with the possibility of changing it for the 2022 school year. Read a recent report on the inequities of SBB here. It will take all of us to challenge the current inequitable CPS SBB funding formula. Please plan to attend one of the 5 remaining meetings: Th, Jan 30, 6–8pm, Clark HS, 5101 W. Harrison St Sat, Feb 1, 11am–1pm, Corliss HS, 821 E. 103rd St Wed, Feb 5, 6–8pm, Hammond ES, 2819 W. 21st Pl Th, Feb 6, 6–8pm, Dyett HS, 555 E. 51st St Sat, Feb 8, 11am–1pm, Clemente HS, 1147 N. Western Ave Here's press coverage of last night from Chalkbeat Chicago: Chicago mulls how to reslice the school budget pie — but what about a bigger pie? Continue reading