A reader writes about the injustice of closing schools in Chicago instead of helping them.
It s odd to think that Chicago is now our national model of school reform, as Chicago continues to rank in the bottom tier on NAEP in reading and math, in fourth grade and eighth grade.
|In Chicago, 10 more schools lost ALL their staff and administration to turnarounds this year . They will be opening in the fall with a much younger, less-diverse staff but the same students (Black and Hispanic).
One school, Pablo Casals, posted an 8% gain in its ISAT scores , in a year when the system average gain was only 0.9%. It is at par with all its neighborhood schools, and outscored over 100 elementary schools in Chicago ( even in 2011). Still, it was put on the list and acted upon by CPS , and now its teachers ( the ones who helped achieve that 8% gain) are spread out across the city. Weary from this process, many moved on to much “better” schools, not wanting to land in another school that might be on next year’s list for turnaround.
The toxic policies of Arne Duncan have to stop . They didn’t work in Chicago, they still don’t work in Chicago, and he has exported them to the other states. This ill-motivated man , who has never taught a day in his life, has to stop being the puppet of the billionaire’s club that is trying to steal education away from educators. He has to stop being our Secretary of Education.