Thursday, December 4, 2014

Chicago schools no longer on 'probation'. Language of criminality.

Dante's 9 Circles of Hell

Finally, Chicago schools will no longer be placed on "probation", says Byrd-Bennett. 

A school’s rating determines how much support — or punishment — it receives and is now based on a several weighted factors including growth on test scores, attendance and results from the My Voice, My School 5Essentials Survey from the 2013-14 school year. College enrollment and dropout rates also factor into a high school’s rating.

Gone, too, is the term “probation,” which Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis had long complained had a criminal connotation. About 200 schools used to be on academic probation.
“I had lots of conversations with the CTU very specifically with Karen, and we both agreed that that language that I inherited here in Chicago and she had lived with — ‘probationary’ is not a good term, not a good descriptor about what we think about our children and think about our schools,” CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in a conference call.
Instead they will just be called, Level 1-5 schools. You know, like Dante's Limbo, Purgatory, Upper Hell, etc...


  1. Looks like election year do-gooding. Sure that B3 did have "conversations w/the CTU, very specifically w/Karen," but that statement is part of the hype.
    Just wait till after the mayoral elections to see what will really happen with CPS--such as in, how many more schools will be shut down (for under enrollment or some newly made up reason/term)?

  2. Thanks Karen Lewis for putting heat on BBB.

  3. You are all aware, I assume, that the attendance figures in most schools are tweaked daily by those who input the information. No tardies for anyone. Absences limited, not the real number. You know.

  4. Hi Mike,
    WTF is going on that 5-7x/wk I either talk out loud to breathing humans, forward your email, or post/share something online or in person? WHY are Chicago's schools and overall policies so, what's the word??? NBC/ABC/CBS?

    Keep doing what you're doing. It keeps me angry, frustrated, pissed off, and sharing....even with those white folks in the burbs. And they are angry too.


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