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Standardisto Media and Corporate Leaders Aid and Abet Standardisto Superintendent

. . .In the end, however, it was Paul Vallas who used these favorable conditions strategically to regain public, business, and media support for the Chicago schools. Of 114 editorials on education in the citys two major newspapers, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun Times, between August 1995 and March 1997, three out of four endors... [MORE]

— Kenneth K. Wong
Professor of Political Science, Vanderbilt
Education Next
The Big Stick
Winter 2003


Arne Duncan and the Chicago Success Story: Myth or Reality?
<br><i>When ex-President Bush was elected in 2000, he brought with him former Houston Superintendent of Education Rod Paige to be Secretary of Education. He also brought the "Texas miracle"âsupposedly increased test scores attributed to Texas' strict accountability system. All eyes smiled on Texas as those measures q... [MORE]



CReATE issues Chicago manifesto
&lt;span class=&quot;red&quot;&gt;A new research and advocacy group has announced their presence in Chicago. Sorry, but I question their vision, which is: &lt;i&gt;Improve Teaching and Learning Effectiveness by Developing Standards, Curricula, and Assessments that are Skills-Based, not Sorting-Based.&lt;/i&gt; Do... [MORE]



Chicago Teachers Union adds powerful voice to the exposure of Chicago's attack on libraries...
<br>NOTE: You can read about the libraries available to Arne Duncan's and Rahm Emanuel's children at University of Chicago Lab Schools <a href="http://www.ucls.uchicago.edu/schools/libraries/index.aspx"> here</a>. <br> <br> <br><a href="http://www.ctunet.com/blog/npr-librarians-are-a-luxu... [MORE]

— George N. Schmidt
Substance News

  Resisters' Letters  

By Steve Orel
To the editor
Dear Umbreen Qadeer, fellow teachers, students, and parents: It is inspiring to no end to learn that at least 11 teachers at Curie High School in Chicago have announced their refusal to give the CASE test in January. What a relief it is to learn about more teachers who believe that students come first before standards and testing. How refre... [MORE]


  NCLB Atrocities  

Time on testing: 738 minutes in 3 weeks
<br><span class="red"><b>Reader Comment:</b> You should have seen our kindergartners trying to take their first round of tests this fall, using a desktop computer, a mouse, and a set of headphones. What a disaster. Anyone with half a brain can tell you why - -they are 5 years old! The only thing we are measuring... [MORE]

— Adam Heenan
Washington Post Answer Sheet

  NCLB News  

NCLB Puts Schools Chicago on Hit List

Ohanian Comment: Note that schools Chicago has identified as "schools of distinction" are on the Feds "failure" list. The article also mentions that the Chicago Teachers Union is working with the District to improve student performance. Unmentioned in this article is that theh CTU uses the AFT curriculum of choice--direct i... [MORE]

— Rosalind Rossi
Chicago Sun-Times
Choice program could overwhelm schools
August 7, 2003

  NCLB In Your Face  

My Failing School
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  Special Needs News  

State Board OKs New Guidelines for Special Ed

Kay's Comments: In an effort to implement changes in IDEA 2004 at the local level in IL, folks find the guidelines confusing and troublesome. One change that I can speak to personally is that no special educator can handle a paperwork caseload of 50-60 students and find any quality time to teach stud... [MORE]

— Diane Rado
Tribune Staff Reporter
Chicago Tribune
Children Will Suffer, Advocates Contend

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