NAEP Scores, PARCC Dispute, & Undocumented Parents

NAEP Scores, PARCC Dispute, & Undocumented Parents
Today's news roundup includes a new report from Advance Illinois showing CPS students making more reading and math progress on NAEP than the rest of the state, plus more coverage of the dispute over whether CPS kids should take the Common Core assessment this spring. The President's immigration plan will help many undocumented parents of students.  They're debating charter school pushouts in NYC...

Obama Plan Will Affect CPS Students With Undocumented Parents

Obama Plan Will Affect CPS Students With Undocumented Parents
Today's news includes coverage of yesterday's Board meeting (not downtown!) and City Council meeting, as well as an update on the racy slides that were making some folks upset at Jackson Elementary.  But the really big news of the day is the President's immigration announcement later today at a Las Vegas high school, which is anticipated to affect lots of kids with undocumented parents. Roughly 8 percent of K-12 kids in Illinois have parents without papers, and the statistics for Chicago are certainly much higher than the statewide average...

Meet Jesse Sharkey, The "New Karen"

Meet Jesse Sharkey, The "New Karen"
Today's news:  CPS is changing its school ratings system - again -- at today's Board meeting. Chicago Magazine interviews Jesse Sharkey, the "new Karen Lewis." (How's he doing so far?) Mayor Rahm is launching TV ads. Social justice labor caucuses met in Philly. Nationally, the USDE is investigating a handful of districts over sexual assault allegations (is CPS one of them?), and NYC has rejected school facilities for a couple of charters...
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Morning Roundup: Funding Delay, CTU On Common Core? Looming Runoff, School Rating Changes

Morning Roundup: Funding Delay, CTU On Common Core? Looming Runoff, School Rating Changes
Today's news roundup: School funding bill not likely to get decided until January, reports AP. Is CTU still opposed to Common Core, asks Second City Teacher?  CPS is changing its new rating system -- again -- reports Catalyst. CTU poll suggests a runoff for Mayor. Shuttered Mulligan Elementary suffered a fire. Nationally, fewer than half of students will perform well on the new Common Core assessments, according to projections...

Teacher Ratings Are Out - How'd You Do?

Teacher Ratings Are Out - How'd You Do?
The second year of the new rating system is out (how'd the process go this time, and how'd you do?).  Chuy Garcia is ramping up his campaign, with a progressive coalition behind him. Schools near St. Louis may be dismissed or cancelled if and when the decision in Ferguson is released (could be today). Plus RIP, Jane Byrne (remind me again if she had a big role in CPS changes). Nationally, state superintendent turnover is on the rise,districts struggle with how to pick holidays and what to name them, and some privacy advocates are concerned about programs like ClassDojo...

Are Safe Passages Workers Still There?

Are Safe Passages Workers Still There?
Today's school news includes a WBEZ segment about bringing back truancy officers (and an interview with one former truant officer), plus a Second City Cop blog post about how nobody's supervising Safe Passages anymore (there was a murder near one of the schools a recent afternoon) and the hourly workers aren't around. Also see a couple of articles about choice (charters and parochial) in 2015, plus national news (including an NPR item about former Chicago charter guru John Ayers) and news from other cities...
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So Much Gentrification - But Still Not At CPS

So Much Gentrification - But Still Not At CPS
Lots of news today: Only about half of the white school-age kids in Chicago go to CPS, reports WBEZ (the city's gentrified but not the schools). CPS isn't giving out new quality report card data at pickup this week, says Catalyst. Common Core and related assessments are getting scrutinized at an Amundsun event tonight. It's too late to get risky bond money back, says Emanuel in the Tribune. Plus national news and education updates from other cities...

Teacher Prep Programs Usually Easier

Teacher Prep Programs Usually Easier
There's more about the risky bonds that CPS issued, including a Tribune editorial, plus more followup about Rauner (who won some liberal parts of Chicago, FWIW). Second City Teachers has a harrowing story about a probationary teacher who was hurt on the job -- then fired. Plus a couple of items from Substance.  Nationally, NCTQ's latest report is out showing just how easy many college teacher training programs are to ace, GPA-wise ( click here and go to the appendix to see how your current/former school looks) and interim LAUSD head Ray Cortines is re-instating the "parent trigger" option for schools where the usual fixes haven't worked. ...

Bad Bonds -- "College Ready" Disagreement

Bad Bonds -- "College Ready" Disagreement
Here's a quick rundown on today's news roundup.  There's lots of coverage of the Vitale-brokered bond deals that went bad for CPS, plus a Tribune editorial noting that CPS says nearly half of kids are college ready but ACT says only a quarter.  The Sun-Times notes that the law and practice surrounding testing opt outs is unclear in Illinois and nationwide, and DNA Info notes that there are more parochial schools merging on the NW Side.  Oh, and there's an event at the Union League this afternoon to discuss SB16 school funding reform act. Nationally, the Obama Administration is calling on states and districts to do something about unequal distribution of teachers (totally unfair to poor kids), and parents and others in Pennsylvania are suing the state over the funding formula...
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Should Rauner Nix Common Core?

Should Rauner Nix Common Core?
A lot of conservatives and some liberals hate the Common Core -- CTU is dead set against it (though helping teachers get up to speed on it) -- so maybe they'll like it if Gov-elect Rauner pulls the plug on the new standards, as he appeared interested in doing at one point not too long ago.  But what about most of the rest of people in CPS -- would getting rid of Common Core be helpful at this point? Read all about Rauner and the rest of today's CPS-related news below, then tell us what you think Rauner should do...