WBEZ | Department of Education http://www.wbez.org/tags/department-education Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago activists speak out against school-closings at D.C. hearing http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-activists-speak-out-against-school-closings-dc-hearing-105168 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/photo1.jpg" style="height: 258px; width: 620px;" title="(Becky Vevea/WBEZ)" /></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F76688512" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Chicago isn&rsquo;t the only city looking to close a large number of its public schools&mdash;and it&rsquo;s not the only place people are upset.</p><p>A group of activists from Chicago boarded a bus to Washington, D.C. Sunday. They gathered at the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, which helped organize the trip.</p><p>Aquila Griffin is a junior at Dunbar Career Vocational Academy. As a freshman, she went to Dyett High School, which district officials decided to phase out last year &ndash; a process in which a school stops admitting new students but remains open until there are none left.</p><p>&ldquo;Freshman year, I didn&rsquo;t know anything about this stuff,&rdquo; Griffin said as she helped round up the group going to D.C. on Sunday.</p><p>&ldquo;I was just going to school and I was wondering, like, why do they have this and we don&rsquo;t?&rdquo; she says in reference to inequities she&rsquo;s seen as a student in Chicago Public Schools.</p><p>People with the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization and other activists are meeting up with people from 18 different cities to speak out against school closings.</p><p>People from some of the cities, including Chicago, have filed civil rights complaints with the U.S. Department of Education, charging that closing schools disproportionately impacts minority students.</p><p>&ldquo;Everywhere, it&rsquo;s the same stories that can be told over and over again,&rdquo; Griffin said. &ldquo;So it&rsquo;s not just in Chicago. It&rsquo;s not just in Witchita. It&rsquo;s in New Orleans. It&rsquo;s in L.A. It&rsquo;s in New York. It&rsquo;s in Newark. It&rsquo;s everywhere.&rdquo;</p><p>The coalition will bring its complaints to a hearing with national education officials on Tuesday.</p></p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-activists-speak-out-against-school-closings-dc-hearing-105168 Senior U.S. Department of Education advisor on education reform and union issues http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/senior-us-department-education-advisor-education-reform-and-union-issues <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2010-November/2010-11-08/teacher protest resize.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>President Obama has said he hopes the new Congress will find common ground when they meet in Washington next spring. But finding consensus on one divisive issue, education, is no small feat. Still, the stakes to do so couldn&rsquo;t be higher.</p><p>About half the kids who start high school in Chicago never finish. Lately one big focus across the country has been on improving teacher quality. But what exactly makes for a good teacher, and how do you encourage teacher development?</p><p>Someone who&rsquo;s helping to set the education agenda on the national front is the senior advisor to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Before taking his current post, <a target="_blank" href="http://www2.ed.gov/news/staff/bios/janderson.html">Jo Anderson</a> was the executive director of the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ieanea.org/">Illinois Education Association</a> &ndash; the state&rsquo;s largest teacher union.</p><p>He says teacher evaluation definitely needs an overhaul.&nbsp; Eight Forty-Eight<em>&nbsp;</em>spoke to Anderson to discuss education reform and how federal initiatives are playing out around Chicago and the state.</p></p> Mon, 08 Nov 2010 15:26:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/senior-us-department-education-advisor-education-reform-and-union-issues