Today's hodgepodge of education news includes reactions from Sen. Soto et al to the school closing process, a followup on the Pearson trips, some new details on the CPS school lunch scandal, and a few other odds and ends.
State task force unhappy with CPS school action process, activities Catalyst: Rendina took notes, but did not provide any definitive answers or agree to make any changes. Rendina also attempted to explain why some 80 students at Guggenheim School had transfer notices delivered to their homes over Christmas break.
Ill. Superintendent's Trips Investigated Fox: They were paid for with grants to the CCSSO from the Pearson Foundation , a non-profit branch of the Pearson Corporation , the nation's largest education company. It's got $130 million worth of contracts with the state of Illinois alone.
School free-lunch program dogged by abuses at CPS Tribune: The Tribune found that in at least 167 Chicago schools, the percentage of students receiving free lunches was at least 20 percentage points higher than the percentage enrolled in the country's two primary aid programs, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, and Temporary Aid for Needy Families, or TANF. At North-Grand, the discrepancy was 41 percentage points, and six schools had gaps of 60 points or more, according to 2011 records released by the Illinois State Board of Education and CPS.
New standards for sex ed by grade level Medill: CPS is reviewing and analyzing the recommendations, representative Marielle Sainvilus said. The Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health will start advocating for the use of these standards in schools this year.
Chicago high school basketball coach charged with instigating fight Tribune: His Facebook page says he works security and is head basketball coach at Ace, a charter school specializing in the construction trades, 5410 S. State St.
South Side Students To Compete With Their Poetry CBS: Thirteen South Side Chicago Public Schools go at it in competition this evening, where the students will be flexing their creative muscles.
QuestChicago update and some other stuff… CPSObsessed: It’s based on a similar charter that operates in NYC and is sort of billed as the “video game school” no as much in terms of technology, but in terms of game-based thinking, which I can imagine would be appealing to my son.
That's a picture of my dad at work. A Senn graduate and longtime Columbia College teacher, he died nine years ago this week.
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