What Happened At The Board Meeting?

What Happened At The Board Meeting?
Today's school news includes coverage of the Board meeting (schools need nurses, protesters want an elected board), more news about the flu bug (has it hit your school yet?), and a new IB program for Pulaski (finally!).  Second City Teacher complains about the media coverage of education (Substance is down?). Elsewhere, the Minneapolis superintendent suddenly resigned earlier this week, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker softened his opposition to the Common Core being used in his state. Check it all out below, or find me at @district299 all day...

Wednesday Morning CPS News Roundup

Wednesday Morning CPS News Roundup
Today's school news includes more about the Englewood shooting of a student, flu outbreaks in CPS and elsewhere, union lawsuit against pension reform, and new efforts at teaching kids and adults to code.  National education news includes coverage of Jeb Bush's presidential aspirations and new ratings of teachers in New York showing the vast majority perform well. ...

Student Killed On way To Johnson College Prep

Student Killed On way To Johnson College Prep
Today's CPS news: Sad story about a kid being killed for his jacket on the way to basketball practice. CTU is endorsing Arena for re-election, according to Progress Illinois. Second City Teacher wonders why CTU is endorsing problematic candidates. Catalyst reports that CPS recalculated school quality ratings without telling anyone (via LaRavierre & the Sun Times). Plus national news and education news from other cities. ...
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Early Flu Season; AFT's $200K Garcia Gift

Early Flu Season; AFT's $200K Garcia Gift
Today's CPS news:  Everybody's got the flu (or at least it feels like it).  The AFT has given $200K to the Chuy Garcia campaign -- not the $1M promised to Karen Lewis. Gery Chico is endorsing his former rival, Mayor Emanuel. More kids are coding at school. Nationally, Arne Duncan joined students and educators at the big DC protest march over the weekend, and lots less kids are being held back than before the recession (down from 3 percent to 1.5 percent nationally)...

Proposals Lack Budget Specifics, Copy CTU Priorities

Proposals Lack Budget Specifics, Copy CTU Priorities
Today's news includes a closer look at some of the City Hall challengers' CPS-related proposals, noting (in WBEZ) that in some cases they closely resemble CTU priorities and in others (Tribune) they lack any realistic spending offsets or revenue increases to pay for extras and cover current deficits. Elsewhere, there's more money for school Internet access being provided, and the new math is a struggle for students and teachers in Texas...

Why Do Critics Slam "Serial" But Not "Harper High"?

Why Do Critics Slam "Serial" But Not "Harper High"?
In case you hadn't heard, This American Life spinoff "Serial" is a big hit.  But it's increasingly facing a major backlash, focused in part on the fact that the reporting team behind the piece is all white and the main characters are minorities. However, a very similarly popular show by This American Life last year focusing on Harper High school in Chicago generated little such concern. White reporters? Check. Set in and around a high school? Check. Minority community? Check. Widespread acclaim? Check...
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Challengers Vie For CTU Supporters

Challengers Vie For CTU Supporters
Today's local education news includes mayoral challengers talking about CPS, a Klonsky blog post about those graduation numbers, a $20M preschool grant for Illinois reported by Catalyst, and a new effort to improve teacher diversity in DNA Info. Nationally, storms are closing California schools, a massive spending bill in Washington includes wins and losses for Obama education initiatives, and the resignation of NY State's controversial state superintendent...

Neighborhood High Schools Vs. SEs

Neighborhood High Schools Vs. SEs
Two weeks until Christmas, but the big deadline is Friday for magnets and selective high schools. Meanwhile, Catalyst has a big story about the decline of neighborhood high schools and how to help them. Today's education news also includes more coverage of the UChicago college graduation report that came out yesterday, plus some ideas about how to increase the college graduation rate.  Nationally, the White House is touting preschool expansion -- remember when Illinois was a leader in this? -- and former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani is blaming teachers unions for police-on-black youth violence. ...

Dismal CPS College Grad Rate Rises

Dismal CPS College Grad Rate Rises
Today's big education news is a UofC report showing that college graduation rates for CPS students are up -- dramatically -- but still aren't nearly as high as they need to be. Different news outlets frame the report differently --it's interesting to see.  Nationally, administrators have come out against using value-added scores for teacher evaluation, and NOLA teachers who lost their jobs after Katrina are running out of legal options...
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School Ratings - But No Closures

School Ratings - But No Closures
Happy Monday -- I'm back.  Thanks to everyone who kept reading and commenting while I was away. The big stories of the last few days include last week's non-action on school closings, the new school quality reports, updates on Karen Lewis's health, and the launch of the Emanuel mayoral campaign (though not at Coonley this time). Plus national and local education news from other cities. Check it all out below...