CHEAT SHEET, our quick and dirty guide to Chicago's Board of Education meetings, won't be broadcast this month, but you can listen to the full Board of Ed meeting by clicking on the unfiltered audio below.
Hear CEO Ron Huberman on the Whittier field house saga, then listen as Whittier mother Araceli Gonzalez gives her own report on the 43rd (and possibly final) day of the occupation of the field house. Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis complains about the amount of time schools are spending on standardized testing, arguing that a "mind-numbing load of data collection " is "sucking the soul out of our schools." Huberman says that's one point on which he and Lewis are just going to disagree: "What I believe sucks the life out of a school is a teacher that's not engaged in the outcome of the students every day," Huberman says. The extended Huberman-Lewis exchange here foreshadows discussions that are sure to emerge in coming months as the two sides hash out a new way to evaluate CPS teachers. Speakers during the public comment period include a string of laid-off teachers addressing Do Not Hire lists, unjust principals, and what it's meant for them to be "honorably discharged."
Listen to the unfiltered audio below.