June 15, 2012: The end of Wonks and the return to teaching.

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June 8, 2012: teachers hold strike authorization vote, deep dive on how we arrived at this stand-off, I predict that Superintendent Brizard will be out in 12 months.

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June 1, 2012: teachers union to hold strike authorization vote next week, video from CTU’s big rally, understanding the anger that’s motivating teachers.

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May 25, 2012: deep dive on teachers strike (now I think there might be one), 5,000 CTU teachers rally. Also: a former principal writes on why he moved his family to Indiana to escape CPS.

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May 18, 2012: end of Rahm’s 1st year, 17% of poll respondents support Rahm over CTU; 40% support CTU over Rahm. Majority support the longer day. CPS announces plans for 100 new schools in 5 years, including 60 new charters. Is CPS actually committed to school quality when it opens new schools? Also: I change my strike prediction. Maybe we’ll have a strike?

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May 11, 2012: deep dive on principals, why are 150 principals and APs leaving? how do we replace them with good people? Also: how do you turnaround schools without the community hating you? What’s the portfolio model? And more strike talks.

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May 4, 2012: big CPS leadership shake-up arrives: #2 leader out; Chief of Staff out; CFO and cabinet-level Community Engagement Chief already out. Rahm goes to SF to speak on reform at the NSVF summit. In Chicago people start using “chaos” to describe Rahm’s CPS. Also: 100 school closings rumor.

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April 27, 2012: big CPS leadership shake-up rumors, CPS moves $130M into principals’ discretionary budgets, is the middle class interested in public IB high schools?

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April 20, 2012: EMO managing my old charter school gets fired, deep dive on reforming reform and the problems created by constant turnover in the charter/reform movement, next teacher contract moves to front-and-center, fact-finding panel starts work on CTU/CPS negotations.

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April 13, 2012: Rahm shortens longer school day to 7 hrs (from 7.5 hrs for elementary schools), deep dive on longer day, Chicago teacher workweek study, new leader for CPS’ office of school turnarounds.

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April 6, 2012: the reform movement and the importance of honesty vs. spin, deep dive on Urban Prep, what does “100% of graduating seniors to college” actually mean? Also: strike talks, discontent grows about 7.5 hour extended day for next year.

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March 30, 2012: deep dive on teacher evaluations, Danielson framework arrives, end of CTU/CPS evaluation negotiations, more charter accountability, Rahm announces 10 new public IB high schools.

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March 23, 2012: more LSC elections, inappropriate gifts from CPS food services contractor to CPS food services exec, North Chicago school reform, new CPS calendar, Chicago’s public IB high schools kick ass.

March 16, 2012: interactive timeline of CPS/CTU contract negotiations, 1st CPS cabinet-level exit: Jamiko Rose (head of Office of Family and Community Engagement), local school council elections, big drop in expulsions.

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March 9, 2012: deep dive on selective enrollment public schools, how Chicago navigates income, race and selective enrollment applications (plus a new app), 150 principals and APs plan to retire (!)

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March 2, 2012: Chicago school reform on the national stage, $25K signing bonuses to recruit out-of-town principals to tough schools, Rahm announces 5 new STEM high schools w/ IBM partnership.

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February 24, 2012: Board of Ed approves all 17 turnarounds, closings and phase-outs; deeper dive on school closings, all CPS elementary schools to take NWEA, problems in CPS’ new Office of Family and Community Engagement.

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February 17, 2012: Noble discipline, $5 fines (or fees) and how that story went national, a deeper dive on discipline in high-performing schools, CTU publishes a 46-page plan for Chicago school reform.

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February 10, 2012: U of C report on turnaround school quality arrives (bringing interesting lessons but no clear answers), everyone starts scrutinizing AUSL, 63% approve of Rahm’s handling of schools.

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February 3, 2012: My big deep dive on Rahm’s school reform policies (beyond the tone).

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January 27, 2012: My big missive on Team Rahm, arrogance and the reform problems Rahm’s tone creates.

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January 20, 2012: new data! which elementary school send most students to selective enrollment high schools? Stand for Children and teletownhalls, allusions to unreleased U of C report on impact of school turnarounds, Catholic school enrollment, religious leaders and Chicago school reform.

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January 13, 2012: All about problems in the office of CPS’ #2, Noemi Donoso (and I predict she’ll be gone by end of 2012), Chicago’s school journalism world pivots against Rahm/Brizard.

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January 6, 2011: Brizard’s monthly WBEZ call-in show, data says good teachers make the difference, inspector general’s report on CPS, Warren takes a shot at staff trouble in office of Noemi Donoso, CPS’ #2.

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December 30, 2011: Checking in on parents, teachers, wonks and students talking Chicago schools on twitter, happy new year!

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December 23, 2011: deep dive on AUSL, why’d IL miss out on ECE Race to the Top? Rocketship expanding in the midwest?

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December 16, 2011: eduhack days, Occupy and CTU occupy the Board of Ed meeting, 12 new charter campuses coming, more on the alderman vs. UNO stand-off, VIVA teachers recommend 49 CPS policy changes.

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December 9, 2011: WBEZ maps 10 years of closings and turnarounds (100+ schools) including performance of replacement schools, Chicago signs Gates charter/district compact, how Brizard admin sees itself.

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December 2, 2011: CPS to turnaround 10 schools, CPS to close 4 schools, new campus-by-campus charter performance data, poverty as prophecy/do schools add value?

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November 25, 2011: school closings announcement coming next week, Sicat profiled, Rahm talks about “a child who has the flicker of life snuffed out” and I talk about humility.

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November 18, 2011: CPS puts all school performance data in a single, public database, school closings on the horizon, Karen Lewis makes fun of Arne Duncan’s lisp, teacher evaluation wonkiness.

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November 11, 2011: better data than ISAT! which schools are actually getting kids on college readiness track? Also: principal performance pay, an alderman trying to stop UNO and the real end of the longer day push.

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November 4, 2011: CPS abandons longer day push, ISAT data comes out, ISAT stinks, new school report cards, longitudinal testing coming?

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October 28, 2011: keep your eyes on the Office of Portfolio; school underutilization and underperformance, 42 charter schools go longer day, I bash Rahm (and the teachers union).

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October 21, 2011: top Chicago high schools by ACT scores, IEPs in CPS, IL’s ECE race to the top application, did Rahm’s school-by-school longer day push violate labor rules?

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October 14, 2011: visualization of the edtech market, more Rahm kindergarten reform (including fact-check), checking in on the Brizard superintendent alternatives, what kind of charter school could the teachers’ union leader support? Longer school day push over?

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October 7, 2011: awesome hack-map of CPS’ selective enrollment schools, problems at Hartgrove psychiatric hospital, 13 schools have switched to longer day (Zorn declares CTU ultimate winner, others says Rahm stil wins image battle), Chicago getting 5 STEM high schools with IBM help.

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September 30, 2011: U of C’s report on 25 years of Chicago school reform says we’ve barely advanced, Rahm/Brizard announce ECE reforms, pro-Charter rally draws 4,000.

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September 23, 2011: Chicago’s biggest charter networks by # of campuses, an honest conversation about UNO; gentrification and neighborhood school take-overs.

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September 16, 2011: 5 awesome data tools you can use to check quality of Chicago schools, management consultants’ powerpoint on planning a charter school, 9 schools adopt longer school day, everyone says the mayor’s winning the PR battle.

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September 9, 2011: school year begins, Rahm starts school-by-school push for longer day adoption, Erikson’s $5M ECE math grant, groupon offers deal on teacher cert classes, profiles of new Noble campus and CICS’ game-based charter high school.

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September 2, 2011: Awesome data visualization on IL high schools and grads’ college persistence, 100 days of Brizard, lamenting the knee-jerk world division into reformers vs. traditionalists, 30 schools to pilot early common core adoption.

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August 26, 2011: Deep dive on Rahm’s push for a longer school day, enter Oliver Sicat as Portfolio Chief and Jamiko Rose as Community Engagement chief.

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August 19, 2011: two awesome schools data visualizations, principal recruitment, pay and evaluation reform, bad ACT scores for IL, ed bloggers meet Brizard.

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August 12, 2011: $5B CPS budget arrives, $712M budget gap closed, Bellwether grades IL reform, recess for all?

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August 5, 2011: cheating in schools, UNO-style home visit plan dies, CPS and CTU start negotiating pay (but not longer day).

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July 29, 2011: full-day kindergarten expansion, new CPS leadership org chart, CPS areas become networks, the great SOS/reform divide.

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July 21, 2011: Rahm’s kids to private school, enrollment at some northside public schools up, TeacherFit and hiring reform, new state charter board.

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July 14, 2011: Edelman, SB7 and arrogance, sweat-the-small-stuff discipline, AUSL, Donoso profile, trouble at Galapagos charter.

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July 7, 2011: CPS through realtors’ eyes, UNO and high schools, cops in schools, big drop in Chicago’s black population, judging the Marshall turnaround.

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