Lots of news today: Duncan and the First Lady come to town for Hidaya Pendleton's funeral. An expanded violence prevention program (BAM). Emanuel talks about UNO. A raucous school closing hearing in Pilsen. Subs shortage. Too much testing. Cheatham wins favorable reviews in Madison. What else?
CITY HALL / WHITE HOUSE
Mentoring for at-risk boys expanded as part of city effort to reduce violence WBEZ: In an effort to reduce the violence that has dogged Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Thursday he is tripling the city’s investment in a mentoring program for at-risk boys.
To Lower Dropout Rates, Finding Potential Where Support Systems Are Lacking WTTW/PBS: What's interesting about OneGoal is that it pinpoints and targets low-income underperforming students in non-selective Chicago public schools, students who are least likely to graduate from high school, let alone college. Jeff Nelson is the co-founder and CEO of OneGoal.
Mayor says the UNO should be “held accountable” for contract cronyism Sun Times: “I know what the United Neighborhood Organization does — both as a neighborhood group and as an education group. And I know they’re gonna have to hold themselves accountable because I believe in being held accountable to the public,” the mayor said. Pressed on whether UNO still enjoys his confidence, Emanuel said, “On their educational mission, yes, and that they do it in the right way.”
Michelle Obama To Attend Funeral For Hadiya Pendleton Chicagoist: Secretary of Education, and former Chicago Public Schools Chief, Arne Duncan and Senior Advisor, and Chicagoan, Valerie Jarrett will also attend.
CLOSINGS / JOBS
Raucous School-Closing Meeting Draws Cops DNAI: Police barricaded the doors when more than 1,000 people showed up in the Little Village neighborhood.
Pilsen-Little Village Network Hearing Substance via CPS Chatter: “”I,m going to give up if you shove me into another school,” a Madero student cries out as he walks towards Arne Rivera, Deputy Chief of Staff for Barbara Byrd-Benett. “You shouldn’t close our school, just because you didn’t experience what I experienced!” The microphone cuts off.”
Teacher Meeting at Armour School Turns into Community Forum DNAI: Families, activists flooded Bridgeport classroom for updates on potential school closures.
Byrd-Bennett: Chicago Principals Must Meet Higher Standards To Get Bonuses Progress Illinois: Yesterday, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Chief Executive OfficerBarbara Byrd-Bennett said principals will have to meet a more rigorous set of benchmarks this year to collect bonuses ranging from $5,000 to $20,000. Last year, the district handed out ...
CPS privatizes its training of principals as test pushers Mike Klonsky: The board has handed out lucrative contracts to politically-connected New Leaders for New Schools and Teach For America (TFA) to train Chicago principal candidates.
Chicago Public Schools Struggling to Find Subs DNAinfo: "There's a districtwide shortage of subs in Chicago Public Schools," Katie Konieczny, principal of Lincoln Park's Oscar Mayer Magnet School, said during a recent Local School Council meeting. On an average day, CPS has about 1,100 teachers who are ...
Pritzker Parents Join Citywide Petition Against 'High Stakes' Testing DNAI: More Than a Score Coalition protested abuses of standardized testing at Chicago Public Schools.
CTU Pushes Back Against High-Stakes Standardized Testing With New Report Progress IL: “Overreliance on standardized tests has led to reduced graduation rates among students of color, narrowed the curriculum in all subjects and grade levels and ill prepared our students for fulfilling the careers and civic engagement,” the report reads. “The reforms of the accountability era are harmful policies that lead to neither short-term successes nor long-term prosperity for students.”
School superintendent candidate makes her case in Madison Madison Journal": “People might worry that I will come here and leave,” Jennifer Cheatham told an audience of about 175 at Monona Terrace. “That is absolutely not what I’m about.”
Chicago Public Schools Raise the Bar for Financial Education Huffington Post (blog): Last month, students nationwide headed back to school to begin the semester anew. And for high school seniors, that means graduation is already looming large on their minds.