Today's big news is the release of data for CPS and the rest of the nation showing disproportionate treatment of African American students, as well as news that JCB supports/doesn't support private school vouchers (so confusing!):
Black students face tougher discipline in Chicago and the U.S. Sun Times: African American students receive disproportionately harsher discipline than non-minorities in schools nationwide — and especially in Chicago, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Monday.
Study: Discipline harsher on African-American students in Chicago Tribune: African-American students, who make up slightly less than half of those enrolled in Chicago Public Schools, face harsher discipline than their white and Latino classmates but have better access to quality education than minority students in other large, urban districts.
Civil Rights Data Show Retention Disparities EdWeek: He acknowledged that even the school district he led from 2001 to 2008—Chicago Public Schools—had some troubling inequities around student discipline uncovered by the new data.
Minority Students Get Arrested, Suspended More Than White Students Atlantic: African-american students are suspended or "referred" to law enforcement by school officials far more often that white students, even with in the same school. The same study also showed that black students were more likely to be held back, particularly in earlier grades.
CPS chief backs federal dollars 'following' students to private schools Tribune: District spokeswoman later says Brizard doesn't support voucher program Chicago Public Schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard voiced support Monday for public dollars “following” students to private schools.
Emanuel spends scofflaw cash on cops, kids Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel today said he'll use an expected haul of $8.5 million from “deadbeats and cheaters” who owe City Hall money to pay for more police and summer programs for children.
Obama to speak at Joplin High graduation Tribune: President Barack Obama will speak at Joplin High School's commencement, a year after a tornado struck just after the ceremony, killing more than 160 people and destroying much of the city. The high school was among the thousands of homes and buildings...