Key dates

Mar. 7 Candidate registration deadline Mar. 9-10 LSC candidate forums

Mar. 10 Begin distributing poll watching credentials

Mar. 13 Schools appoint election judges……

More money, organization go into LSC election

Each of the city’s 564 local school councils has six parents and two community members, who are elected by parents and community members; and two teachers, who are nominated by fellow teachers and, in effect, ratified by the School Board. High school councils have one student member. Principals also serve on the councils. Elections at elementary schools will be held April 5; at high schools, April 6.

Campaign supporters

Northwest Side Campaign supporters

Aspira of Illinois, Inc.

Blocks Together

Logan Square Neighborhood Association

North River Commission

Northwest Neighborhood Federation

West Town Leadership Project

Board, advocates reach agreement in Springfield

Two of the main adversaries in the battle over last year’s legislation the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association and Designs for Change reached an early compromise this year, and the Chicago Board of Education made no objections, according to the bill’s sponsor,

Reading program brings probation’s end in sight

Fenger has shed one of last year’s external partners—Washington D.C.-based America’s Choice. The School Board dropped America’s Choice from its external partner list for not delivering on its contract. Many Fenger teachers were not sorry to see them go. Fenger is still working with the group Ollarvia has dubbed the school’s “internal external partner,” the Office of Accountability’s reading team, which is also working with 10 other public schools.

Comings and Goings

INTERIM PRINCIPALS: The following assistant principals have been named interim principals: Mary E. Harris, Pullman; Shirley Miggins, McDade; Vivian Edwards, Schneider; Gloria Roth, Pilsen; Bernadette Butler, Agassiz; Haydee Alvarez, Greeley. Rebecca McDaniels, former assistant principal at Hinton elementary, has been named principal at Suder. Miguel Velasquez, former assistant principal at Pritzker, has been named interim principal of Whitney.

National Annenberg sifts through data

With three-quarters of the money going into challenge grants requiring a 2-for-1 local match—hence, the name Annenberg Challenge—the philanthropist’s largesse generated more than $1 billion for reform programs. Today, Annenberg programs are working in nearly 2,700 schools in 300 school districts.

Imagine Chicago, DePaul, 6 museums, 7 schools — Bingo!

The matchmaker for the Suder-Botanic Garden partnership was Imagine Chicago, a non-profit organization launched in 1992 to link up businesses, churches, community groups and cultural institutions for creative projects aimed at cultivating civic interest, especially with the young and disadvantaged. One project, for example, had teenagers in public housing interview prominent community leaders citywide, with the finished product artistically displayed through several venues. Lasting mentoring relationships were a byproduct, says founder and president Bliss Browne, a former Episcopal priest and corporate banker.

18 leaders get a lift

On Feb. 4, the challenge announced a “Breakthrough School Initiative” to give $113,000 to each of 18 schools that have been part of Annenberg-funded networks. These schools are “making greater progress toward whole-school change than others,” the Challenge explained. Each school is to use some of its money to share its knowledge and expertise with other schools in its network and beyond.

New foundation sets $10 million grants goal

While the Chicago Public Education Fund grew out of the Annenberg Challenge, the two philanthropic efforts differ in two significant ways. First, Annenberg drew its money from one source; the Public Education Fund expects to have a broad base of contributors. Second, Annenberg had a grass-roots funding mission that focused on small groups of schools; the Public Education Fund will make fewer, larger grants in the hope of impacting the school system as a whole.

Annenberg looks for lessons as program winds down

Chicago got a chance to find out when Walter Annenberg, a former ambassador to Great Britain who made his money in publishing, topped off his long commitment to improving education with a $500 million grant aimed in large part at some of the country’s worst school systems. Announced in 1993, it was the biggest single private award ever made to K-12 schools in America.