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The Furor over Fingerprints for LSC Members

Can CPS protect kids from sexual predators and immigrant parents from deportation at the same time? That’s the question behind the fuss over fingerprinting for undocumented LSC members. (According to a Tweet from Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education, CEO Janice Jackson said she was “open to dialogue” on the topic.) In 1999, a state law was passed requiring…

This Week in CPS: College Enrollment Rises among CPS Grads and Latinx Students Lead the Charge

There’s good news today about college enrollment for CPS graduates. New data show that about two-thirds of the graduating class of 2017 enrolled in college. Moreover, new tweaks to data collection now include students who start in the spring semester after graduation or attend certain Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other schools. This new method of c bring…

Students Don’t Learn From Suspensions But Restorative Justice Offers Opportunity

For the last few years, Chicago Public Schools has been working hard to change its discipline policies and practices to reduce suspensions and expulsions. Instead, the district is encouraging principals and teachers to use restorative justice practices such as peace circles, conversations to restore relationships and formal letters of apology to repair harm and restore community. This shift is essential.…

My Neighbor Died Because He Struggled to Read. “Hard Words” Explains Why He Missed Out.

If you care about kids, take some time this week and spend the 52 minutes it takes to listen to Emily Hanford’s new radio documentary from American Public Media, “Hard Words.” Then get mad enough to make waves about changing the way we teach reading—both to kids, and to teachers. Hanford’s piece details the sad fact that the truce that…

This Week in CPS: Take a Free Field Trip on the CSO, Activate Go CPS and Hear Tales from Robeson HS

To celebrate the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 100th anniversary season, Chicago Public Schools can get free bus service and free tickets to selected concerts. Details here. The lineup of concerts includes opportunities to hear Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” and Benjamin Britten’s “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” Most shows are recommended for grades K-5 It’s Not Too Early to…

Chicago Educators Are #AlwaysLearning

Students are just getting back in the swing in Chicago Public Schools this week. Meanwhile, their teachers and principals have never stopped learning. I talked with a couple of educators whose schools are part of the Network for College Success, where school leaders and teachers work with University of Chicago researchers and coaches to support students through and beyond high…