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In the News: 50 city high schools eligible for turnaround; "a race to the middle"

A total of 50 Chicago high schools could be eligible for turnaround under the federal School Improvement Grants program, according to a report released Wednesday. The list includes the bottom 5 percent of schools in the state, as well as those with a graduation rate of less than 60 percent.

A total of 50 Chicago high schools could be eligible for turnaround under the federal School Improvement Grants program, according to a report released Wednesday. The list includes the bottom 5 percent of schools in the state, as well as those with a graduation rate of less than 60 percent.

The report was released by Communities for Excellent Public Schools, which opposes the Obama administration’s nationwide effort to turn around and close underperforming schools. At the group’s local kickoff press conference Thursday, Action Now president Michelle Young said that African-American and Latino students would be disproportionately affected by the program. “We don’t want experts from the top offering a menu of choices that are all proven to be ineffective options,” Young said.

The list includes many neighborhood schools, as well as a number of new schools and charter schools. (Districts can also “transform” schools by replacing their principal and making other changes, but those with nine or more eligible schools are barred from using that model in more than half of them.)

According to federal criteria, the bottom 5 percent of a state’s schools are eligible for federal intervention, but not every eligible school will be turned around. In fiscal year 2009 and stimulus appropriations, Illinois received a total of $144.6 million in School Improvement Grant funds, according to federal budget documents. The state is eligible for roughly $22.1 million in the current application cycle, and another $36.5 million in fiscal year 2011. (Rebecca Harris, Catalyst)

Chicago Public Schools held a private job fair for displaced CPS teachers Thursday at McCormick Place. (ABC7 News)

In trying to save money and become more efficient, Chicago City Colleges will lay off 225 “non-instructional” employees, eliminate unfilled jobs and hold the line on executive credit cards and travel to pump more money into technology and training. (Sun-Times)

WBEZ has a report, too, on the City Colleges budget proposal, which will ask for less money from property taxes this year.

Northwestern University junior Hiro Kawashima organizes Build-a-Backpack Day, aimed at providing school supplies for 1,000 low-income Chicago Public School students. (Daily Northwestern)

In the state

Niles North assistant principal promoted to fill position of retiring Robert Freeman, who announced his retirement at a District 219 school board meeting this week. (Skokie Review)

In the nation

In a speech before the National Urban League, President Barack Obama defended his administration policies that demand teacher accountability. (Wall Street Journal)

Related: Obama insists on performance standards for teachers. (The Atlantic)

"The public will soon regard Race to the Top as a failure — a race to the middle that didn't make a real difference," writes Jeff Passe, a professor and chairman of the Department of Secondary Education at Towson University, in a op-ed published by the Baltimore Sun. "Somehow, educators will be blamed for policies developed not by scholars who have studied educational reform, but by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, a well-meaning but ill-informed leader."

Allan Golston, president of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's US Program,  calls education the civil rights issue of our time. (NPR)

Local educators overwhelmingly are opting for “transformation,” the least disruptive of four school intervention methods endorsed by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. (Education Week)

1 comment

Nice Set Up wrote 4 years 1 day ago

In the News: 50 city high schools eligible for turnaround; "a ra

Put schools on probation, Pass legislation, then sell them off to the lowest bidder, usually your buddy, to make huge profits.

read this article to see that privatization is not about the kids it is about profits, they totally twisted shanker's views on charters and school reform.

Chicago Venture capitalist wants to invest by buying Chicago school buildings, privatizing them - http://bit.ly/doMXI1

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