Thoughts on preparing for the testing legislative hearing

  What’s behind the epidemic of inappropriate testing? I once shared a very interesting bus ride to the airport with the president of Riverside Publishing, who write the Iowa Tests, back when Paul Vallas was using the test as a grade promotion barrier. Shortly after our visit, Riverside decided to stop providing CPS with grade-equivalent … Read more

Testimony to the Senate Education Committee

Presented at the Illinois Senate Education Committee Subject Matter Hearing on Student Testing April 25, 2014 SB 2156 and SB 3460 (Cunningham) Good afternoon. My name is Julie Woestehoff and I am the Executive Director of Parents United for Responsible Education, or PURE, a 26 year old parent-based public school advocacy organization. For more than … Read more

Gated communities for already advantaged students

Today’s story by Chicago Sun-Times Watchdog reporters Tim Novak and Chris Fusco exposes the imbalance of white students in Chicago’s four north side selective enrollment high schools, and the fact that the disproportionate number of white students has become even more lopsided since the courts ended the Desegregation Consent Decree in 2009. Sun-Times figures show … Read more

Stupid PARCC Tricks

Tuesday night’s More Than a Score Forum was great. CPS parents Julie Fain, Chris Ball, and Sherise McDaniel, and teachers Michelle Strater Gunderson (CPS) and Paul Horton (U of Chicago Lab School), powerfully covered topics including testing and school closings, alternative assessment, opting out, and Common Core. Thanks also to Carolyn Brown who emceed. Chris’s … Read more

20 Amazing Sandwich Ideas for Childrens Parties

If you’re looking for some amazing sandwich ideas for children’s parties, then look no further! We’ve got 20 great ideas that will have the kids begging for more. From classic PB&J to fun and unique combinations, there’s something here for everyone. So get your party planning started and let the sandwich making begin! If you’re … Read more

Are Party Buses Safe for Kids

Most party buses are operated by professional and experienced drivers. They are also equipped with safety features, such as seat belts, that can help keep kids safe in the event of an accident. However, there have been some reports of accidents involving party buses, so it is important to be aware of the risks before … Read more

Yes You Can Rent Party Supplies What to Know

You can absolutely rent party supplies! In fact, it’s a great idea if you’re looking to save some money or don’t have the storage space for all of the supplies. You can absolutely rent party supplies! Here’s what you need to know: 1. There are tons of companies that will rent out everything from tableware … Read more