Rebecca Harris

Tougher principal selection process in the works

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Rebecca Harris | Catalyst Chicago

Chicago Public Schools is embarking on yet another revamp of its controversial principal eligibility process, based on a new set of principal skills that will also play into new state-mandated principal evaluations.

The changes could take effect as soon as this summer, but it’s not clear yet what they will be. The current process includes an application with essays and an initial interview; a scenario exam; a school data case study; a more in-depth interview; and a mock teacher observation. (Those could still be part of the revamped process.)

Emanuel rolls out competitive preschool funding, adds charters to mix

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Rebecca Harris | Catalyst Chicago

Under a new system announced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel Friday, preschool programs will vie against each other in a highly competitive process to win city and CPS contracts and they will face a new contender: charter schools.

Emanuel unveiled the long-awaited process, and announced the city will add at least 2,000 new preschool slots next year and more in future years. Another 4,000 children will receive increased access to wraparound services through existing early childhood programs.

Catalyst Chicago deputy editor Sarah Karp and associate editor Rebecca Harris won two awards from the national Education Writers Association, a competitive and prestigious competition that recognizes excellence on the education beat across multiple media through its National Awards for Education Reporting.

Child-parent centers to expand

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Rebecca Harris | Catalyst Chicago

Chicago’s child-parent centers are slated to expand and gain additional resources with a $15 million Investing in Innovation grant won last year by the University of Minnesota.

The money will fund five new child-parent centers in Chicago, four in Evanston/Skokie District 65, and a total of 14 new locations in Normal School District 5, Milwaukee Public Schools, St. Paul (Minn.) Public Schools, and two other Minnesota districts.

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