- School choice opposed at Scranton teachers forum
Run-away train bashing of vouchers. Only the union party line is covered. No rebuttal means no reporting.
Mar 7, 7:49 AM:
- A parent revolution
Editorial reflects on parent trigger law issues in CA, since same law touted in Chicago Mayor-elect's reform plan (along with teacher evaluation based on student academic gains). Opines legislation won't meet same difficulties >
Mar 3, 6:21 AM:
- Quinn defends call for merging school districts
Announcement that IL Gov. still stands by proposal to merge school districts to save money, since 200 of them contain only one school. Short piece brings up a myriad of questions: Is someone challenging Gov's position? Who and how >
Mar 2, 4:43 PM:
- Inquirer Editorial: Voucher bill doesn't pass | Philadelphia Inquirer | 02/27/2011
Sounds alarm against PA voucher bill for several reasons, including money. Proof in pudding, but there's no pudding here. Doesn't consider the money-follow-the-child argument. Cautions that private schools won't take voucher >
Feb 28, 8:56 AM:
- Experts say unions largely safe in Illinois (45)
A look at the union troubles in Wisc. and elsewhere leads this reporter to conclude trouble is not coming to the Land of Lincoln any time soon. Teachers union has more friends, they claim, even though some say pensions need to be >
Feb 23, 9:52 AM:
- Is Illinois Safe?
Collective bargaining for public employees may not be on table in IL as it is in WI, pension rights may be, though. Notes that teacher union made political inroads with both sides of aisle, which could protect their interests. >
Feb 22, 10:13 AM:
- Charter school argues it's private
Teachers at Chicago charter try to unionize, officials attest citing autonomy that makes charters fundamentally distinct from traditional public schools. No mention of charter law specifics. Only hints that problem is one cropping >
Feb 22, 8:58 AM:
- New Year's challenge for ESL
Columinst wonders what it will take for East St. Louis citizens to take local government to task for waste and corruption, particularly in education. Still, voter apathy isn't unique to East St. Louis.
Feb 11, 10:47 AM:
- Legislators eye education bill
Lawmakers seeking to reform tenure, collective bargaining -- unions disagree with latter. Would've been beneficial to discuss issues in terms of how they affect students.
Feb 9, 2:04 PM:
- Editorial: State nix new spending bills
Ill. bill would create new Dept. of Ed. Will create more bureaucracy. Check. More funding for more admin. people. Check. Want to know better ways to spend $$, like directly on kids, perhaps.
Feb 8, 1:03 PM:
- Illinois Llawmakers propose costly new bills
Il. lawmakers are rearranging the DOE because of budget cuts. Bringing DOE under one umbrella will help with wasteful spending and pinning blame on others. In light of this, the status quo was never raised in the article.
Feb 7, 1:57 PM:
- Chicago Public School Students Weather Storm, Learn Math Using DimensionU
Gaming software offers a new, fun way to continue learning despite school closures! Article mentions the games are effective, but is it only when combined with classroom instruction? Data on digital learning is needed here.
Feb 4, 2:46 PM:
- Charter idea shouldn't get lost in issues
A report on how the opening of a new charter "appears" to be a good idea. Well, get over the fence! It doesn’t just appear to be a good idea, it IS a good idea. The only other charter in the area is a resounding success. >
Feb 2, 11:04 AM:
- Parents explore options at New Schools Expo | abc7chicago.com
What's good is this article makes clear is real school choice means charters. Too often what's called school choice is really the same show, just on different places on the dial. Real choice means just that. >
Jan 31, 2:55 PM:
- Our lawmakers tell us what they want to achieve
A look beyond the big-ticket items pending in the Illinois legislature to some other issues -- such as school funding reform and changes in teacher tenure -- that lawmakers from the Chicago suburbs want to see considered. These >
Jan 31, 11:44 AM:
- Worrisome trends at schools
Illinois' public schools are bad and getting worse. Most in public schools come from low-income families—are those with money finding options somewhere? Why no mention of charter schools?
Jan 26, 11:31 AM:
- Illinois expected to see dramatic charter school growth
Despite recession and hard-time budges for teachers and facilities, charters flourish in IL (14%), FL (12%), and NY (20%). Over 12 states loosened charter straight jackets, with pop. upping to fill ~5000 schools nationwide. >
Jan 23, 5:09 PM:
- CPS hearing draws charter school officials
In Chicago, the United Neighborhood Organization (UNO), which owns nine charters, packed a public school hearing with four busloads of vexed parents. One parent called for the "battle between politicians and unions" to stop: >
Jan 20, 11:32 AM:
- No context for IL reforms
Sounds like IL is trying to join the chorus of states wanting to make performance based accountability work in the land of Lincoln. Perhaps a comparison or two to what other states are doing would make this article worth reading.>
Jan 4, 6:25 PM:
- Daley gives himself too much credit
Mayor Daley is definitely taking credit and while making some progress, old line union politics still dominate the Windy City's landscape for reform, leaving the successes few and far between.
Jan 4, 5:47 PM: