And we're back. Hope everyone had a good weekend. Today's Chicago education news includes updates on the teacher evaluation front from the Sun Times and Catalyst, a new (online) summer backpack donations program, a look back at Rahm Emanuel's long hot summer (it's not over yet, and a few other items. More to come -- feel free to post additions if you see things I've missed. EVALUATIONS, CURRENT AND FUTURE
Schools, step up
Sun Times Tribune (editorial): Get going on new teacher evaluations. For nearly a decade, public schools in Illinois and across the nation have struggled to meet academic standards set by the federal No Child Left Behind law. Many schools have flunked.
Teacher basic skills test Catalyst: Illinois isn’t the only state to deal with this issue. Across the nation, states are re-examining the cut-off scores on basic-skills tests and licensing exams. The question is how states will raise the bar without affecting minorities wanting to enter the teaching profession.
More Teaching and Less Testing NYT: New York and up to 25 other states are moving toward changing the way they grant licenses to teachers, de-emphasizing tests and written essays in favor of a more demanding approach that requires aspiring teachers to prove themselves through lesson plans, homework assignments and videotaped instruction sessions.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's summer of discontent Tribune: Emanuel tried to push the Chicago Teachers Union into working more hours, which only increased tensions with the union as labor talks loomed. Last week, Emanuel backed off and said he'd hire more teachers instead. "This is a major victory," Emanuel said
CPS asking for help filling children’s backpacks with supplies Sun Times: Chicagoans have another chance this year to make sure city students have the pencils, notebooks and folders they’ll need when classes begin. The Chicago Public Schools is renewing its partnership with the daily deal website Groupon, where people can purchase back-to-school supply kits for needy students for $11 each starting Monday. The kits are filled with name-brand supplies including crayons, markers, rulers and erasers.
School supplies can now be donated online AP: Chicago residents can now donate school supplies to needy students online using Groupon.Chicago Public Schools has partnered with Groupon Grassroots, the philanthropic arm of the online discounter, to sell back-to-school kits.
Missing Edgewater teacher found Tribune: A 55-year-old Chicago Public Schools special education teacher who went missing yesterday in the Edgewater neighborhood on the North Side has been found safe, police said tonight. Eddrina Johnson has been located, according to a statement from police ...
Shooting Victim's Brother Held on $250K Bail NBC Chicago
Chicago police continue to search for the shooter who killed a Chicago Public Schools basketball star Micheal Haynes, as his family deals with the arrest of Haynes' younger brother.
Catholic schools see marketing aid enrollment Seattle Post Intelligencer: But educators say the number of schools with waiting lists increased by 171 and 34 schools opened. The archdioceses of Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago, which have all employed aggressive marketing programs, have seen student upticks, offering hope ...