Today's education news is a grab bag of stories and commentary about the violence levels reported on Monday, the revised discipline code that's being proposed, and the contract talks. I'll add updates and commentary as today's Board meeting begins to generate coverage.
Students Shot This School Year Highest Since 2008 Huffington Post: The number of young people shot during the 2011-12 academic year is up nearly 22 percent from last year, the highest number of students wounded by firearms in the last four years.
‘Somebody wanted that boy dead’ Sun Times: Antonio was to begin his freshman year at Leo in August and had enrolled in our summer bridge program for reading and math classes to help ease his transition to high school.
Violence in Chicago Tribune (Marilyn Katz): According to a 2011 report commissioned by the Chicago-based Alternative Schools Network, 15 percent of male dropouts in Illinois who are age 18 to 34 were incarcerated, compared with 3 percent of high school graduates.
Record number of Chicago students shot during last school year Sun Times: Chicago police officials report the number of students shot in the city during the past school year is up nearly 22 percent.The Chicago Tribune reports that 319 students were shot — the highest number in four years.
Chicago School Code Of Conduct Lightens Up On Suspensions ... Huffington Post: The Chicago Public Schools board will vote Wednesday on a new code of conduct that includes big changes to the district's suspension policies, and a ...
Roll back suspensions at Chicago Public Schools Sun Times (editorial): The revised code would begin to move CPS away from strict punishment and toward a school system that, at least on paper, is committed to changing student behavior, not just punishing it. The board should approve the new code, while acknowledging that the attempt to build more peaceful, constructive environments in CPS’ toughest schools has only just begun.
CPS awarded grants to "transform" four high schools Catalyst: At its meeting Thursday, the Illinois State Board of Education approved school improvement grants to do transformation for Clemente Community Academy, Bowen High School, Bogan High and Al Raby High. Outside of Chicago, East St. Louis Senior High and Cahokia High also are up for grants. Washington High School was originally on the list to be transformed, but was pulled at the last minute, according to ISBE spokeswoman Mary Fergus.
Superintendent candidate Martinez explains his vision for improving ... Newsworks: An accountant who also served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Chicago Public Schools, he was pressed by educators concerned about his lack of teaching ...
How can the Chicago Teachers Union win? Socialist Worker Online: Chicago teachers have authorized a strike by an overwhelming margin--and they will need solidarity to win their battle with the city.
Putting The Whole Thing Together Tim Furman: As I've said before, I think that in some ways the Rachel Maddow show is linked directly (through its silence on the issue, and the explicit education agenda of its advertiser, Exxon) to the promotion of corporate ed "reform," but there's nobody better in the world right now at explaining issues related to free speech.