The public hearing concerning the consolidation of Bowen High School
from four small school into one comprehensive campus was held Wednesday night. A teacher from Global Visions Academy spoke out, saying, "test scores alone don't measure the success of a school or of the students because we do so much more." (ABC News) CEO Terry Mazany said he was proposing the consolidation of Bowen because small schools within high schools have not produced the type of results hoped when they were configured a decade ago.
Thursday evening the district will hold hearings
on changing the attendance boundaries for Tilton Elementary School in order to begin the phase-out of Marconi and to dissolve Andersen Community Academy so its building can be handed over to Lasalle II Language Academy, which is a magnet school. The hearing for Andersen will start at 5:30 p.m. and the one for Tilton will be at 8:30 p.m. Both will be held at district headquarters, 125 S. Clark Street.
It doesn't look like John White
, a deputy chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, will be coming to Chicago to head CPS. White, seen as a contender for the CEO of CPS, will resign from his post in New York to take over Louisana's state-run Recovery School District. He replaces Paul Vallas, former CPS CEO, who will be continuing his work with the Inter-American Development Bank to improve school systems in Chile and in other countries. (New York Times)
In the state
Three referendums in south suburban school districts were defeated
Tuesday. The referendums would have allowed a new high school to be built in Homer Glen, the school district in Lemont-Bromberek to relieve overcrowding and Mokena's school district to continue after school activities, as well as hire back teachers. (Chicago Tribune)
Students at a middle school in Wheaton Warrenville District 200 enjoy a new salad bar
at lunch. The salad bar was made possible through a grant from the Great American Salad Project. (Chicago Tribune)
In the nation
Bloggers are calling out the Department of Education's mandates around standardized testing
, saying that President Barack Obama's statements at a March 28 conference seemed opposed to his government's policy. Obama criticized "high-stakes" testing and said it shouldn't be used to punish children. Since then, the Department of Education fired back saying that adding more standardized tests, as they propose to measure growth, will actually relieve pressure on teachers. (New York Times)
Charter school management companies run a third of charter schools and have worse academic results
than charters without management firms. They also often clash with school boards about how they use public money, according to the first story in a ProPublica series.