What Chicago Can Learn From Norfolk

There's lots going on these days, but this is probably what CPS needs to be thinking about: What Norfolk teaches Chicago (Tribune).

There's a funny/sad post at Chicagoist (If You See Something, Email Something) about renewed efforts to monitor the Shakman decree that makes me wonder how often teachers and administrators get asked to write a check, join an organization, or get someone else to pass an exam for them in order to get a job they want. You don’t hear about it much, but if it’s happening at Streets and San it makes no sense to assume that it’s not happening in the CPS HR department or principals’ offices. Is it?

Best of the Rest:
Head start in the home a freebie for all classes SunTimes
Chicago Journal
Jones hopes to avoid growing pains Chicago Journal
An inspired idea Tribune
Schools make their pitch at Austin High Austin Weekly News
Jackson tour of schools a study in contrasts Tribune

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