Open thread Jan. 13, 2017 Dan Crawford | January 13, 2017 11:34 am Tags: open thread Comments (2) | Digg Facebook Twitter |
Just a thought as I’m starting to read:
Milwaukee’s Voucher Verdict by Erin Richards, Jan 12, 2017
What 26 years of vouchers can teach the private-school choice movement—if only it would listen
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A Fight for the Soul of Public Education: The Story of the Chicago Teachers Strike by Steven K. Ashby and Robert Bruno, 2016
If you want ghetto schools to work you seem to have to do one of two things: pay the parents enough for kids to think something is waiting for them in the job market too when they graduate; something remunerative enough to make schoolwork seem to lead somewhere — or — pay the teachers enough to make the schools work even if the students understand that only $10 an hour jobs and gang life await for them after graduation — make the schools work anyway.
Chicago has taken the later route — uniquely in the country I think — paid for teachers of the quality they can overcome the ghetto hopelessness (at least for a while).
All over the country ghetto schools don’t work because the labor market doesn’t work.
Cracks in the Pavement: Social Change and Resilience in Poor Neighborhoods by Martin Sanchez-Jankowski, Sep 2, 2008
But Chicago has beaten that — see following post (to get under the more than three links have to go to moderation rule.
AN OLD BLOG POST OF MINE
Did Chicago public school teachers crack the ghetto code?!
Chicago public schools may have uniquely cracked what I call the ghetto code: that ghetto schools fail because students (and teachers!) don’t seen anything remunerative enough waiting for them in the labor market post graduation to make it worth putting out the extra effort. This down and discouraged vicious circle was revealed by Berkeley political scientist Martín Sánchez-Jankowski in his book Cracks in the Pavement. The professor spent nine years on the ground in five NYC and LA impoverished neighborhoods. He spent the previous ten years with street gangs.
“U.S. News and World Report just released its annual rankings of the nation’s best high schools: Six of the top 10 in Illinois are in CPS and another three in the top 20.”
“from 2003 to 2013 and found Chicago students grew 11 points on the 8th grade math test and 7 points on the 4th grade reading test. The state grew just 7 points and 3 points, respectively.”
“[B]etween 2006 and 2014, the percentage of CPS students earning a bachelor’s degree within 6 years of high school graduation jumped from 8 percent to 14 percent. The national rate is 18 percent. … They found that Latino students enrolled in CPS are more likely to graduate high school than their counterparts in many suburban districts, including Maine Township High Schools and Evanston Township High School.”
Headline: High-Poverty, All-Black School Beats Odds, Earns Top CPS Ranking
CHATHAM — Students and parents from Arthur Dixon Elementary school said they were ecstatic this week to learn their school had earned the highest ranking on the 2015 CPS School Quality Rating Report for the first time.
“Salary figures provided by the Chicago Public Schools show teachers here have the highest average salary of any city in the nation. But, according to the Chicago Teachers Union’s calculations, Chicago teachers would rank second behind New York City.”
On Wisconsin; to nearby states with your children where they can still get a first-class education without you reaching into your pockets to waste 300 million tax payer dollars.