Liberal Icon Supports Universal Choice

Liberal Icon Supports Universal Choice
The Sun Times supports turnarounds next week.  Fioretti and Preckwinkle are sizing up runs against Emanuel. Kids are smoking less.  Nationally: teachers suffer as states waffle on Common Core.  California lawsuit will determine teacher job protections. Liberal US Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) supports universal public school vouchers as a replacement for the current zip code- / housing-based system...

Nobody Ever Geting Into College Again

Nobody Ever Geting Into College Again
So the "new" SAT sample questions are out -- new format, scoring, etc. -- but who cares since only 5 percent of applicants got into Stanford this year?  No one's ever getting into college again...

Where Teachers Come From [Economically]

Where Teachers Come From [Economically]
The folks over at Planet Money took a look at where different professions come from (in terms of household income when they were growing up) and where they end up. Teachers, for example, come from homes just below the 60th percentile, and then earn incomes that are roughly at the 65th percentile.  [Red box at... Read more »
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A "Hunger Games" For 8th Graders

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Not sure what to do with Spring Break?  Here's the first of a new digital reality series from WTTW called Central Standard, in which we are introduced to a diverse group of high-achieving 8th graders from around the city who are trying to get into some of Chicago's best (and most over-popular) high schools.  ...

Noble Ends $5 Detention Fee

Noble Ends $5 Detention Fee
Quinn and Rauner debated education.  Noble dumped its $5 detention fee.  Pension fix divides unions (CTU is against). Nationally, Common Core field testing finished its first week, and UTLA's president is on the verge of being unseated after a single term...

If They Can Fake Crime Stats....

If They Can Fake Crime Stats....
Chicago Magazine’s latest story about the precipitous drop in homicide stats during 2013 is alarming for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the realization that it’s pretty easy to juke crime statistics without generating much attention (and if it’s easy to reclassify murders as natural deaths then you can only imagine what’s... Read more »
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Union Fails To Pass Charter Commission Revamp

Union Fails To Pass Charter Commission Revamp
Today's news: House blocks union-backed charter school commission overhaul.  Critics slam CPS "accounting adjustment." Chicago Mag debunks falling crime stats.  Nationally: Anyone can try Common Core field tests now. GW Bush laments criticism of high standards for all kids. See it all below...

WBEZ's Lutton Wins Fellowship

WBEZ's Lutton Wins Fellowship
Fresh off the Peabody award win that she and others enjoyed for "Harper High School," Chicago Public Radio's Linda Lutton (not pictured) has been named one of three Spencer Education Journalism Fellows for 2014-2015, which provides funding and professional support during a yearlong program Columbia University's journalism school...

More Dough For Schools, District?

More Dough For Schools, District?
Today's news: CPS increases per-student funding (sort of). Funding equity bill advances in Springfield.  As does pension reform (will Quinn sign it)? Turnaround opponents keep up the heat. Jose Rico returns to join United Way.  Nationally: Gallup poll finds stressed teachers.  Officials unsure why PA student went on knife rampage...
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Gentrification ≠ Middle Class

Gentrification ≠ Middle Class
Some cities like DC and Chicago and NYC are way more appealing than they used to be and gentrifying like mad despite the Great Recession, but that doesn't mean the middle class is coming back...