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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.

In the News: CPS gets web development courses

Mayor Rahm Emanuel this week announced a new partnership between Chicago Public Schools, City Colleges of Chicago and Chicago-based startup The Starter League to provide new web development courses that will reach thousands of Chicago students at the city’s five Early College STEM high schools, the city’s Technology Magnet Cluster high schools, and the City Colleges.

The Starter League teaches beginners how to code, design, and ship web applications. (Press release)

SURPRISE, YOU'VE GOT SUPPLIES!: A hundred CPS teachers were each surprised at a South Side school on Thursday with $1,000 worth of school supplies by CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, OfficeMax CEO Ravi Saligram and Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall. The teachers received paper, pens, pencils and a digital camera. The event was part of OfficeMax's A Day Made Better program. (CPS media advisory)

SECURITY UPGRADES: New security cameras, an advanced intercom system and panic buttons are part of the security upgrades coming to Glen Ellyn District 41's five schools. Officials said the improvements are not directly related to recent school shootings. (Daily Herald)

RACE TO THE TOP STRUGGLES: A majority of winners in the $4 billion Race to the Top competition are struggling with evaluation and data systems, the U.S. Education Department's second annual progress report on the program says. (Education Week)


Edward Meyers wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

Principal Evaluation

By allowing some non-functioning LSC 's to evaluate Principals has turned up all the corruption that has happen at those schools on probation. Those Principals have been doing a lot of nothing but receiving a paycheck. It is not fair to the Principals who have their schools at Level 1 and Level 2. It is sad to see so many Cps schools on probation. What have they been doing? Do you realize that those number of students have already failed? They are already behind. Forbid by how many years. When this happens and they finish school or dropout; they do not know the direction to go. The direction to find. So this will turn them to do things that they shouldn't. This will force them into crime. It needs to be stopped at the beginning. A new turnaround of change has to start now. It is a good thing Principals have to be evaluated. And by Administrators that are not in their pockets. That's the way it use to be. BBB has hired someone for Accountability; and those Principals should not be allowed to cheat on test at their schools. Some of them still do. Some Principals are in the testing rooms with the children when they are testing. This should not be allowed. During testing; schools should be monitored from outside. Some Principals had been inflating information to parents; or no information at all; because a lot of parents have been kept in the dark; and did not know their child's school was on probation. They did not know their child was not getting the best education. It is time. And there are a lot of good Principals out there that are accustom to the new techniques and has compassion for the special ed students and just doesn't send them on. That has been the saying at some schools. They will be sent on anyway. Now Principals have to be account for their learning. They are children too. Money and resources that have been sent to some schools to accommodate these student has been used on other things; like buying computers. Now Principals have to do it right. It is only fair. This time they will get a professional evaluation. Not an evaluation by parents they have kissed up to; or given their siblings a job at their school; so that when the LSC rate them they will just give them all high scores and the continue on at the schools as Principals; even tough they have been on probation for years. And if the Networks are evaluating Principals; you have to be careful there too. They will sway for some Principals also. Maybe BBB needs to make those Network people Principals at these new Charter Schools and get a new group of people to be over the new school system she is about to make. After all; this corruptions was patted on the back under their watch also. Yes; Principal evaluation will help the students get back on the right track. And if Cps schools continue to go down; the the State needs to take and run all the schools in Illinois. Chicago seems to not have it together. Let the Principal Evaluation rip. And for the Principals who have been wrong to some teachers who were good teachers; and the teachers you caused to loose their jobs when it really was the fault of the entire school; if you were on probation; you will have to suffer through the change just those poor teachers did. There is a God.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

Starter League Program not accredited

From The Starter Legue web site: Does The Starter League offer financing?

"The program is not accredited and therefore not eligible for public grants or student loans."

Why wouldn't CPS partner with an accredited local college or university?

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