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Parents Might Be Able to See How CPS Teachers Rank

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Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman (WBEZ/file)

Parents with children enrolled at Chicago Public Schools might be able to find out how teachers measure up. That’s one plan schools chief Ron Huberman is considering as the district prepares to retool its teacher performance evaluations.

Huberman says he wants teachers judged on how well students do in their classrooms. He says he’d also like parents to have access to the evaluations on Chicago’s teachers.

HUBERMAN: If I look at the neighborhood school that’s right around the corner from my house in Chicago, I can tell you the first thing that crosses my mind and would cross parents’ minds across the city when they send a kid to our school is am I getting a good teacher?

According to state law, officials with the district and the Chicago Teachers Union will have to hammer out the new evaluation system. But if an agreement is not made within 90 days of negotiations, the district can create a plan on its own.

A spokeswoman for the union says the evaluation system Huberman is considering is “untested” and “highly volatile.”

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