Closings, Speeches, Charter Study

Closings, Speeches, Charter Study

In addition to lots of comments and questions about school-specific budget cuts (see comments below previous posts), today's news includes coverage of 28 schools' last day in operation, dueling speeches between Byrd-Bennett and Lewis, a yearlong reprieve for NCLB waiver states, and a new report on IL charters plus local reactions from yesterday's ed school study.

CLOSINGS, CUTS

Clock ticking on 28 Chicago Public Schools Sun Times: Tomorrow afternoon at these 28 Chicago Public Schools, the final bell will ring... Barring last minute court intervention stemming from at least three lawsuits seeking to halt the closures, barring longshot legislation from Springfield, these elementary schools will close their doors for the last time. Tomorrow morning, children will enter the doors of these schools for the last time, and when they leave, that’s it.

Parents, Teachers Protest Outside Speaking Event Of Schools CEO Byrd-Bennett CBS2 Chicago: Parents and teachers protest outside a speaking engagement of Barbara Byrd-Bennett. (Credit: Nancy Harty). CHICAGO (CBS) – Parents and students protested earlier this evening outside of speaking engagement by the head of Chicago Public Schools, ...

DUELING SPEECHES

Union president Karen Lewis wants to collaborate with CPS Sun Times: Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis said her union wants to collaborate with officials of budget-stricken Chicago Public Schools as part of an agenda for her second term as head of the 30,000-member group. “We want to be partners in making Chicago’s school district one of the strongest in the nation,” Lewis told the well-heeled crowd Tuesday at the City Club of Chicago. “Parents ...

CTU's Lewis rips Emanuel's 'elite' advisers Tribune: In the wake of recent school closings and teacher layoffs, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis took aim Tuesday at the two R’s of her education reform effort — racism and revenue.

CTU's Karen Lewis Blames 'Rich White People' for Education Inequity DNAI: "They don't want to pay," said the Chicago Teachers Union boss. "But do you want to pay for prisons?"

CPS leader predicts happier ties with teachers union CPS: Chicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett offered an upbeat vision of the district's future during an event Tuesday night, a dramatically different take from that given by Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis in a speech earlier in the day.

TribNation Conversation for Chicago Public Schools CEO too easy White Rhino: She should, instead, recognize that closing schools is disrupting families.  She should recognize that transplanting or transitioning children from school to school carries the same risks.  She should recognize that per-pupil funding sounds like autonomy but is creating more limits for schools.  She should recognize we know Chicago politics, too.  Her humble origins story, she should recognize, has gotten old.

CHARTER, ED SCHOOL REPORTS

New report gives mixed reviews for Illinois charters Catalyst: Chicago’s older charter schools drove much of the improvement. Newer charters have a positive effect, but less than in the 2009 study, according to Dev Davis, research manager at CREDO. However, the new report does not provide breakdowns for the two groups.

Ratings for teacher prep programs draw fire Catalyst:  Illinois’ schools of education did better in some areas and worse in others. Three-fourths of the state’s programs were as selective as the review’s standards called for. But just 6 percent of Illinois programs, versus 19 percent nationwide, had strong elementary math components. Just 8 percent of the state’s programs were met criteria for classroom management, compared to 23 percent nationwide. And just 4 percent met NCTQ’s standards for secondary content-area preparation, compared with 35 percent nationwide – likely because of differences in state requirements.

DUNCAN GIVES WAIVER STATES A REPRIEVE

Education Chief Lets States Delay Use of Tests in Decisions About Teachers’ Jobs NYT: Responding to complaints, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said states could postpone for a year using more rigorous tests to make career decisions about teachers.

Arne Duncan: Common Core Transition Will Give States More Time To Make ... Huffington Post: In what some see as a tacit recognition of the Obama administration's overreach into nitty-gritty management of America's schools, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will give states a reprieve from certain aspects of teacher evaluations

MISC

CPS Opens S.O.A.R Center In Little Village To Lower High School Drop Out Rate ChicagoTalks: Chicago Public Schools opened a Student Outreach and Re-engagement center for the Pilsen and Little Village Community, to promote education among the largely Hispanic community. Michelle Murillo was transferred from Hubbard High School to Pathways alternative school because she was a senior who wasn’t going to graduate on time, she said.

Panorama City school to be named after Michelle Obama Los Angeles Daily News: West Valley board member Tamar Galatzan said she, too, admired Michelle Obama, but she questioned whether the board was following district policy for naming the school after the first lady.

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