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Chicago School Turnarounds

On the Outside Looking In

Matt Farmer | Posted 05.21.2012 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

On February 28, WGN-TV named Octavia Sansing-Rhodes of Herzl Elementary their "Teacher of the Month." It came just six days after CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard effectively fired her, along with everybody else who works at Herzl.

Mend Fences, Build Better Schools for Chicago

Lorraine Forte | Posted 05.02.2012 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

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.

WATCH: Protesters Take School Closure Protest To Rahm's House

Posted 02.21.2012 | Chicago

Parents, teachers and community members opposed to school closures gathered outside Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's North Side home Monday evening, holdi...

CPS Aims To 'Turnaround' Record Number Of Schools

Posted 11.29.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools has flagged ten schools for "turnaround" next year, the most ever recommended for this process, which replaces the principal an...

What's Right With School Turnarounds

John Thompson | Posted 12.27.2011 | Chicago
John Thompson

The Catalyst's special issue on the turnaround of Chicago's Marshall High School describes the type of students who may be gaining the most from the latest attempts to improve our toughest schools.

School Turnarounds, Year Two

John Thompson | Posted 11.01.2011 | Education
John Thompson

As we begin the second year of the Duncan Administration's experiment with turnarounds at scale, the modest results of his program must be seen in context.

Why Successful School Turnarounds Work

John Thompson | Posted 08.12.2011 | Education
John Thompson

It is true that "troublemakers" are potential leaders, but turning them around takes a commitment that has been lost on most data-driven reformers.

Is Arne Duncan's School 'Turnaround' Plan Working?

GOOD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Does Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's "turnaround" school-reform model work? News from one of Duncan's first turnaround schools, William T. Sherma...

CPS School Closings List

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools leaders released the list of schools Friday they plan to close, consolidate, gradually phase out or attempt to turn around. The...