Chicago Public Schools' strategy recently for fixing its lowest performing schools has been to fire everyone — from the principal to the teachers to the lunch ladies. Then, give the whole school over to someone else to run. And the group taking those schools over—the Academy for Urban School Leadership, or AUSL—just posted test score gains more than double the gains in the rest of the district.
New Chicago schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard took his listening tour Friday to a network of turnaround schools whose teacher-training program has been praised by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Why Money Can't Change CPS NBC Chicago
As Joanne Barkan reports in Dissent magazine, data overwhelmingly show that “out-of-school factors” like poverty “count for twice as much as all in-school factors” in student achievement.
Editorial: State writing test must be saved Chicago Sun-Times
There is real truth in Illinois to the old adage “what gets tested gets taught.”
Quinn signs 3 education bills Chicago Sun-Times
Gov. Pat Quinn has signed three education bills aimed at preventing violence and encouraging reading and math.