Feds Threaten Funding Over Common Core

Feds Threaten Funding Over Common Core
Big news of the day (via Crain's Greg Hinz) is that the Feds are threatening $1.2 billion in education funding over the CPS refusal to give the Common Core test this spring. Who knew? Plus yesterday's Board meeting coverage (about Quazzo, mostly), and lots of unions other than CTU coming out for Rahm (but he's still going to have to go through a runoff, says the Tribune)...

Last Night's Mayoral Debate

Last Night's Mayoral Debate
So apparently education came up at last night's mayoral debate -- did you watch? will it make a difference?  Plus there are some interesting races for City Council (not something you can usually say). Also, CPS isn't just refusing to administer the Common Core assessment, it's also refusing to try and get kids' social media passwords as required under a state anti-cyberbullying rule. Cartoon "Time's up. Crayons down." from a recent New Yorker. ...

Winnetka's Common Core Concerns; Fioretti Slams Garcia Over Elected School Board

Winnetka's Common Core Concerns; Fioretti Slams Garcia Over Elected School Board
Two big stories today: The superintendent of Winnetka schools wrote a letter expressing concerns about the new Common Core tests coming this spring, and Fioretti slammed rival Garcia over his apparent indifference to elected school boards until CTU came along. There's also some more information about that awful knife attack on CPS employees and a student last week, and nationally lots of news about the blizzard...
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30 States To Use New Tests - But Not CPS

30 States To Use New Tests - But Not CPS
Today's news includes updates on the spring testing changes for CPS and the nation, lots of coverage of the mayoral and aldermanic campaigns and the elected school board resolutions, and a few tidbits about schools and classrooms and, you know, that stuff that goes on in them. On the testing issue, 30 states are scheduled to use one of the two new Common Core assessments this spring, including Illinois, but Chicago schools will only administer the new test to 10 percent of its kids.  Over the weekend on Facebook, some folks expressed strong opinions about whether new classroom management and discipline techniques are putting too much burden on teachers for kids' behavior and larger social problems...

Closings: Two Thirds Better, Or One Third Worse?

Closings: Two Thirds Better, Or One Third Worse?
Today's news includes lots of different perspectives on the Consortium report on school closings, some of which emphasize the good parts (most kids went to better schools) and others the bad parts (a third didn't). There's also some PARCC coverage, and some updates from the ISBE and HOD CTU meetings.  No national news today.  All CPS. ...

If This Is Thursday It Must Be Facebook Day

If This Is Thursday It Must Be Facebook Day
I’m finishing up a big book chapter on education philanthropy so I can’t do the usual roundup today, but I’ll be sure to post some things as I come across them on Twitter (@district299) and on the big yellow D299 Facebook Page (here). See something I’ve missed or have something on your mind? That’s what... Read more »
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What About A "Hybrid" School Board?

What About A "Hybrid" School Board?
Today's education-related news:  Karen Lewis was at a recent Chuy Garcia speech.  Protesters are proposing a hybrid CPS School Board. CTU delegates reversed the union leadership on a Bridgeport endorsement. A CPS student was asked to attend the President's State Of The Union speech last night -- and now wants to play hoops with Obama. There was a knife fight at Bond Elementary and several people were injured. Elsewhere, Google has finally signed onto the student data privacy pledge, and NY governor Andrew Cuomo is doing battle against the state teachers union.  It's all below -- and more throughout the day at @district299 or on Facebook...

Today In CPS: Obama Speech, CTU Reversal, Elected Board

Today In CPS: Obama Speech, CTU Reversal, Elected Board
Welcome back! The latest education news includes a Chicago kid who's going to be at the State of the Union tonight (the one who wrote Santa about school safety), a CTU reversal on its Bridgeport aldermanic endorsement (Thompson to Sullivan), and some protests in favor of an elected school board over MLK Day Weekend. There's also going to be lots of education in the Obama SOTU speech tonight, including new efforts to address student data privacy. Plus more in comments, on Twitter (@district299), and on Facebook (here). ...

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Karen's Coming Back!

Karen's Coming Back!
Big news of the day (week, month?) is that Karen Lewis is coming back to CTU and is already involved in the campaign for Chuy Garcia. There's also some news about various aldermanic races -- a CTU-endorsed candidate in Bridgeport, etc.  Whether it will amount to anything I don't know.  But it makes things more interesting, for which I'm grateful. Some interesting national news includes a small study showing kids eat more/better if lunch is scheduled AFTER recess, and also that schools are increasingly providing dinner along with lunch and breakfast. TGIF! See you in comments, or back here again on Tuesday...