Quietly and without public fanfare, the Chicago Board of Education recently awarded a contract to a small for-profit company that CPS officials say is the best bet to provide high-quality training for principals and mid-level administrators.
Teachers, paraprofessionals, and school clinicians: Keep your heads up. The public is behind educators even though the corporate education reform establishment continues to try to drive a wedge between teachers and the public they serve.
A couple of voices from Mayor Emanuel's "education reform" choir are up in arms because some public schools teachers are now talking seriously about the possibility of a teachers' strike in Chicago later this summer.
Chicago Public Schools may feel an unprecedented effort was made this year to reach out regarding turnarounds. However, while Mayor Emanuel has a point when he says the protests are "noise associated with change," that's not the whole story.
After years of attending Chicago Board of Education monthly meetings, I left one where the community was actually heard. During the "public participation" segment of the meeting, a lone voice stopped the business-as-usual.