Children's Literacy Initiative's struggles to take root in CPS highlight the district's misguided approach to closing its long-standing race- and income-based achievement gaps. Very few students benefited from the past 10 years of school closures.
One of the most storied high schools in Chicago is finally about to get a fresh start. In a press conference tomorrow, we will announce that Clemente is going to be one of the first in the world, wall-to-wall, International Baccalaureate schools.
Remember the eight extraordinary students in Little Rock who ultimately required the presence of troops for their safe passage into the school they finally integrated? Where was Derrion Albert's safe passage?
Who in their right mind thought it would be a good educational decision to move black kids from 95% black North Lawndale to Little Village High School in a 95% Latino community? Racial violence was predictable if not guaranteed.
The home state of the secretary of education should be leading the way in enacting reforms, especially when they are as straightforward as using data to track student growth, finding ways to recruit non-educators into the profession and closing down failing schools.
Transform every school into a charter and you'll still have to solve the equation: How to educate students, especially students who often face troubled home lives and come to school woefully unprepared to learn.
Nothing that Paul Vallas, Mayor Daley or Arne Duncan did in the last 15 years has had any significant effect on the number of CPS students who can read, write and do basic math acceptably. It's all an illusion.