With yesterday's approval of Idaho, Illinois is the last state whose application for an NCLB waiver hasn't been approved by the USDE. Thirty four states plus DC have them -- though some states with waivers are getting heat for setting different goals for students by race, income, etc. Oh, and there were some hearings about the budget that nobody knew about. Parents are suing CPS. Highland Park is coming off strike. New Trier might start charging activity fees.NCLB
Idaho Wins NCLB Waiver EdWeek: This leaves Illinois' request as the one that's languished in NCLB waiver purgatory the longest. (I'm not counting Iowa, whose request was basically rejected, or California, which is going the not-likely-to-succeed, do-it-yourself route.) Seven other states applied more recently, and still await word.
New Schools Chief Describes "Clear Vision" for CPS NBC Chicago (blog): Chicago Public Schools' fourth chief in less than two years says "everything is on the table" in her plan for the district, from deficit solutions to moving on from this summer's teacher strike. "We have a very clear vision that's been set," Barbara ...
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Bashing CPS teachers won't fix school problems, parent group says Medill: At a Parents4Teachers fundraiser this week, Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, focused on education reform and said that kindergartners are required to take 14 tests this year. “Do not allow your child to be abused this way,” she said.
CPS holds hearings on new budget, new CEO explains next moves Fox: Chicago Public Schools held two public hearings Tuesday night to present its amended budget.
New Trier considers fees for athletics Tribune: Athletes at the North Shore school are not currently charged to participate in sports, but that could change as the school board finance committee looks to change its fee structure.
Strike ends for schools in Highland Park, Highwood WBEZ: Negotiators in North Shore School District 112 reached a tentative agreement early Wednesday to end the strike. That means classes are back on for students in Highland Park and Highwood.
Dad says coach videotaped son being beaten by teammates ABC7: The attorney for the family says the student was beaten with belts and taunted after he left the practice field because of shortness of breath. He has asthma.
Family sues after Rolling Meadows High School student loses thumb Sun Times: A Rolling Meadows High School student had to have her thumb amputated after she was injured in a table saw accident while working for a school theater production, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.