Happy Monday (if there is such a thing). Today's education news includes a look back at last week's school closing meetings, a WBEZ look at the impact of misdemeanor citations on low-income students' life and career prospects, a (wishful) Reader blog post about parents opting out of testing -- not enough middle class kids left in the system for that. Oh, and Jennifer Cheatham might leave CPS to run Madison, Wisc. schools. What else? Let us know. (For national education news, go to thisweekineducation.com.)
CLOSINGS, CHOICE, AND CHARTERS
School closing meetings: Week 1 Catalyst: In reality, this is the scenario: A CPS official tells the throngs of people in attendance that public comment will start immediately and that each speaker will only have two minutes to speak. Then, for the next hour, parents, teachers, principals and even some children make impassioned pleas to keep their schools open.
For insiders, community group UNO's charter schools pay Sun-Times: Charter schools are classified as public schools, though they are built and run by private operators outside many of the rules that govern the Chicago Public Schools and other public school systems. The number of charter schools in Chicago is growing.
Current Jones school building saved, but not for neighborhood school use Gazette Chicago: Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced on Jan. 22 a plan to expand Jones College Prep, which already was going to move into a new building next door, by saving the current building. The number of ...
School choice bill deserves fair hearing in Springfield Tribune (editorial): Meeks' bill passed the Senate but fell 12 votes short in the House. He and the bill's House sponsor, Kevin Joyce, have since retired from the General Assembly. No other bill has come close to a floor vote. And many of the schools Meeks identified in his legislation remain failing and overcrowded. Three. Years. Later.
SCHOOL SAFETY AND PREVENTION
How many Chicago juvenile arrests happen at school? WBEZ: Tens of thousands of young people get arrested each year in Chicago, and a lot of those arrests happen on the grounds of Chicago Public Schools. Of course, arrests at school happen all across the country.Panel seeks solutions to school absenteeism Chicago Tribune: Chicago Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett is also on board “but we have to hold her feet to the fire,” Chapa LaVia said. The devastating pattern of elementary grade absenteeism disproportionately affects African-Americans and children with disabilities ...
TESTING AND ACCOUNTABILITY
Teacher Evaluation Deals Face Roadblocks In Districts Nationwide Huffington Post: School districts around the country are facing obstacles as they attempt to finalize new teacher evaluation systems in time for the 2013-14 school year. At least 30 states have passed laws requiring new evaluation systems, but many cities are experiencing pushback from teachers and unions, particularly on requirements to include student test scores as a part of a teacher's rating.
Will the standardized testing boycott spread to Chicago? Chicago Reader (blog)?:
"I think it's important for us to go on record about this because we are likely to start seeing a more active anti-testing movement in Chicago," CTU president Karen Lewis said on the union's blog. The CTU didn't explain what its "campaign" will consist ...
Brandon Marshall's priceless surprise RedEye Chicago (blog): "When you guys were taking a stand," he said to the teachers in reference to last fall's Chicago Teachers Union strike, "I was rooting for you guys." This brought intense cheering from the teachers. "You guys are the celebrities," he said.
Lester and Nancy McKeever's Oglesby Towers legacy on the South Shore Tribune (Dawn Turner Trice): Nancy McKeever, 76, is a retired Chicago Public Schools teacher who is the board chairman of the ETA Creative Arts Foundation.
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