Cheating, Policing, Biking, & More

Today's news (other than the test scores discussed in the other post) is a hodge-podge that includes school safety, student bike riding, the coming end of NCLB tutoring, and a few other things.

Citing safety, most high schools keeping police Catalyst: This summer, CPS officials announced a cost-cutting move that they hoped would save $13 million: Offer high schools $25,000 in exchange for each police officer they agreed to give up. Having officers assigned to schools for 8-hour shifts cost about $75,000 a year per officer, according to CPS.

Naperville school under investigation for testing irregularities Tribune:  Naperville Community Unit School District 203 Director of Communication Susan Rice said the incident in question occurred in 2007, when students from Jefferson Junior High reported seeing familiar questions on the math portion of the Illinois Standardized Achievement Test.

After-school tutoring likely to end as dozens of states pursue No Child Left ... Newswer:  Pines called the research on it "a mixed bag" and said it has been successful in places that have invested in stricter oversight, including Florida and the Chicago Public Schools.

A bike means freedom for South Side Chicago kids AP: Each time 15-year-old Reginald Graham builds a bicycle, the process begins with a ritual. He goes to the back room at the shop where he often works after school and scans the bikes and bike parts. Many are donated. Some are found, abandoned on bike racks. The key, Reggie says, is to find the right frame.

Congress in the classroom Chicago Tribune (editorial): Congress was getting nowhere with drafting a successor to NCLB, so Education SecretaryArne Duncan stepped up in September with his own plan. It would give schools more flexibility through a waiver from NCLB's strict proficiency requirements if they ..

November's 'Schools on the Line' WBEZ:  How well is Chicago’s system for selective enrollment and magnet schools working—and do these schools come at a cost to others?

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  • THE thin BLUE line

    Anyone even wondering if police are needed in high schools has no
    Idea what a lot of our schools go through on any given day just check this out:

    • Narcotics
    o Narcotics: Possession of cannabis, 30 grams or less / School, public building
    3900 block W. 79th St. October 18, 2011 @ 8:30 a.m.
    • Public peace violation
    o Public peace violation: Reckless conduct / School, public building
    3900 block W. 79th St. October 17, 2011 @ 11:25 a.m

    2 Crimes
    Oct 22
    Narcotics
    o Narcotics: Found suspect narcotics / School, public building
    3900 block W. 79th St. October 13, 2011 @ 10 a.m.
    • Public peace violation
    o Public peace violation: Reckless conduct / School, public grounds
    3900 block W. 79th St. October 13, 2011 @ 3:02 p.m.

    • Assault
    • Simple assault: Pro. empty.: hands, no/minor injury / School, public building
    3900 block W. 79th St. October 4, 2011 @ 9:30 a.m.

    • Narcotics
    Narcotics: Possession of cannabis, 30 grams or less / School, public building
    • Theft
    • Theft: Over $300 / School, public building
    3900 block W. 79th St. October 4, 2011 @ 4 p.m.
    • Narcotics
    • Narcotics: Possession of crack / School, public grounds
    3900 block W. 79th St. September 8, 2011 @ 8:30 a.m.
    Anyone can check the crimes at their school by going to:
    http://chicago.everyblock.com/streets/79th-st/4000-4044w/?only=crime
    And these are only the arrests.

  • fewer undergrads want to be a teacher any more says AP

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-in-futureteachers,0,1391377.story

  • Paul Goren will join CPS as Special Advisor like Roderick and others from the Consortium have in the past.

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