Jobs and schools promise to be top issues in next year’s city elections. The mayor’s education agenda faces its toughest test in the African-American communities that gave him strong support in 2011.
Join the conversation
We encourage our readers to leave comments and engage in dialogue about our stories. But before you do, please check out our "rules of the road."
Recent Notebook Entries
- Parents push for testing 'opt-out' bill
- Take 5: New rating system OK'd, Oppenheimer awards end, Advance Illinois report
- Another change proposed to rating policy
- Take 5: Discipline reporting push, CPS schools in football semi-finals and Senate Bill 16
- Most teachers get high ratings in second year of new system
Right Now On Notebook
As we all are well aware during the Daley administration CPS schools were depicted by that Mayor as overall showing improvement. In September, 2011 the U of C Consortium released a report pretty...
Les plus de gemmes que vous acquérez plus votre score. Ces gemmes vous aideront à mettre sur...
Subscribe to catalyst-chicago.org by e-mail
Charter wins federal grant to share learning strategy
Perspectives Charter School Network is preparing to take its signature curriculum on the road next year, making good on an oft-forgotten selling point of charter schools: to innovate and share what they’ve learned.The Perspectives network is one of three charter school networks nationwide to receive what are called federal dissemination grants, to share best practices with other schools. With $200,000 this year and an expected $200,000 next year, Perspectives will evaluate the curriculum, called A Disciplined Life, to see how it can market key components.
A Disciplined Life focuses on social and emotional learning and is guided by 26 principles that emphasize things like resiliency and peaceful conflict resolution. The curriculum is embedded in the five schools run by the network.
“Our motto is, we educate students for college and prepare them for life,” says Perspectives Executive Director Rhonda Hopps.
Hopps says the outreach might bring in extra cash for the network, which, like most networks, depends in part on private fundraising.
Another seven Chicago charter schools were awarded a total of $1.2 million in federal grants to help with start-up. Some of them are eligible for continuation grants next year.
The grants were announced by the Illinois State Board of Education on Monday. They are part of $250 million distributed this year by the U.S. Department of Education for the planning and creation of new charter schools.
The award winners were in the planning stage, scheduled to open next fall or were newly opened.
“It shows how strong our charter school network is,” says Andrew Broy, executive director of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools. He says the boost of federal money is especially important for these charters.
At the moment, CPS doesn’t provide money for charter school facilities, and this makes opening up a charter school expensive. Also, New Schools for Chicago, formerly the Renaissance Schools Fund, is focusing its money on replicating successful charter school networks; previously, it provided start-up grants to most new schools.
Rose Nolan, executive director of the Montessori Network, says the grant will allow her to hire a community outreach person to set up a community advisory committee. She also plans to buy classroom equipment. This spending will free up money for renovating the old Englewood church school where the school is set to open in September 2012.
The smallest grant, $55,000, was awarded to Be The Change Charter School. According to its website, the school is being developed by current CPS teachers, all of whom are graduates of the Urban Teacher Education Program at the University of Chicago. The school is to be located in Bridgeport.
Be The Change submitted an application this year to CPS this year but withdrew it to extend planning time, according to CPS. Its federal grant is for planning.