Obama Prep won’t serve the whole city without a lot of work

When Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Chicago Public Schools would build another selective enrollment school on the Near North Side, he argued it would serve the whole city, not just the gentrifying communities around it. The reason: It would be “accessible from two rail lines and four bus lines.” But enrollment demographics at the city’s other test-in high schools on the North Side suggest it will take more than good transportation to get a geographic, racial and socio-economic mix at the Barack Obama Preparatory High School. 

Comings & Goings: Banchero, Lyon

Stephanie Banchero, lead education reporter for the Wall Street Journal, has been named senior program officer for education at the Joyce Foundation.  Before joining the Journal, she was an education reporter for the Chicago Tribune for 13 years. Banchero’s reporting has garnered many honors including a first place award from the national Education Writers Association. She is a past president of that organization.l

Comings & Goings: Goren

Evanston School District 65, the elementary district in that suburb, has tapped Paul Goren for superintendent. Goren currently is senior vice president for program at the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning. He also has held leadership positions at the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, the Spencer Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He also was a deputy superintendent in the Minneapolis MN school district.

Don Moore: reform leader, LSC champion

In reporting for her insightful and engaging account of the birth of local school councils, Mary O’Connell asked her interviewees whom they thought was most responsible for the historic legislation that created them. Don Moore and Designs for Change, the research and advocacy organization he founded in 1977, easily took first place.

New union, new day

As City Hall and the school system wait for new leaders, an agressive
new CTU is forging alliances with parents and community organizations
to craft a reform agenda.