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Chi-Town Daily Beating Everyone Else Out?

I may be wrong, but it feels like the Chi-Town Daily News -- a newish, online only, part-volunteer "paper" -- is giving the most consistent, timely, and dedicated education coverage in the city.  Better than the dailies.  Better than NPR or PBS.  Better than Catalyst.  With nothing more than determination and a freelancer or two.  Amazing. 

Here's the latest from them:  Management change at N. Side charter school angers parents

The comments and analysis are still much better here, but in a perfect world I'd have more news reporting to go along with the rest -- am trying to work that out with the powers that be.

10 comments

Interesting, but... wrote 6 years 17 weeks ago

Chi-Town Daily Beating Everyone Else Out?

Good article...interesting fact missing from that article ...

Diana Shulla-Cose, quoted twice in the article, is not just a Passages parent, but is also one of the founders of Perspectives.

Help Alexander wrote 6 years 17 weeks ago

Chi-Town Daily Beating Everyone Else Out?

Bee, Alexander posted a spreadsheet last year with the 2007 ISAT scores and all of the CICS campuses scores were individually listed. I can't find it using the search feature on the old or the new site. Mabe he could dredge it up for us. The scores may be on this report but I didn't look at it because I have to go to work.
http://www.ren2010.cps.k12.il.us/

Bee wrote 6 years 17 weeks ago

Chi-Town Daily Beating Everyone Else Out?

What link is available to access the scores of CICS ?

American Quality Schools wrote 6 years 17 weeks ago

Chi-Town Daily Beating Everyone Else Out?

Check out the individual campus scores for CICS, especially those managed by AQS. There is a 15-20% difference between the reading and math scores (with reading being lower). I feel sorry for passages because AQS will probably lower their reading scores. Open Court reading curriculum sucks! I feel sorry for the parents, staff and the principal. The principal clearly states that she doesn't want the curriculum changed!

Say NO to uNo wrote 6 years 17 weeks ago

2401 W. Congress

2401 W. Congress is the address of the Octavio Paz Charter School. What's happening here??????

Frank Edwards (Chi-Town Daily News) wrote 6 years 17 weeks ago

Thanks!

Alex, thanks for the kind words about our coverage. We completely agree that the major media outlets in the city are missing the important stories. That's why small independents like the Daily News, Catalyst, the Reporter and others are so crucial. We're trying to do similar work to what we're doing at CPS with the CHA and neighborhood news around the city. Hit me up if you're interested in writing or donating (Frank@chitowndailynews.org).

funny video wrote 6 years 17 weeks ago

Chi-Town Daily Beating Everyone Else Out?

a Chi-Town blogger linked to this spoof 'bout working at the Trib. Fun-neee!

http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/headcandy/2008/06/chicago-tribun...

more more more wrote 6 years 17 weeks ago

Chi-Town Daily Beating Everyone Else Out?

I agree, and I just want more, more & more.

It seems even if a mainstream media reporter shows at a public meeting, he walks away with a weak, inaccurate &/or useless story. It's starting to be painful to pay my BEZ membership.

Citizen Journalist wrote 6 years 17 weeks ago

Chi-Town Daily Beating Everyone Else Out?

There are a lot of buzzwords associated with this phenomenon: citizen journalism v. Traditional (or mainstream) media, hyper-local news, etc.

The fact is these folks from Chi-Town go to all the meetings, talk to all of the stakeholders, and report what's happening.

A sure sign that the shares of the lumbering Tribune corporation and other large news organizations will not experience strong growth any time soon.

CPS Parent wrote 6 years 17 weeks ago

Chi-Town Daily Beating Everyone Else Out?

Yep, I've noticed that, too.

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