Parent Sign-Up, SPED Class Sizes

Parent Sign-Up, SPED Class Sizes

Today's education news: Peace rooms and other violence avoidance mechanisms at Manley. CPS says 78 percent of parents at 50 closing schools have chosen a new school for their children. Special ed, pension holiday, and all of the rest. New Yokr has a new teacher evaluation system being implemented.

SAFETY

By folding in the elements of social justice into their curriculum, educators hope to change youths' values, manage conflicts Tribune: The peace circle and peace room at Manley are a part of the school's restorative justice initiative, a growing social movement that, among other things, focuses on healing and teaching how to resolve conflicts. The philosophy aims to bring together victims and perpetrators to cooperatively work through their problems.

Why Some Schools Want To Expel Suspensions NPR:  Research shows suspensions are disproportionately applied to minorities and give students a fast track to dropping out and to the juvenile justice system. The Los Angeles Unified School District recently instituted a ban on certain suspensions, but finding a viable alternative is a complex task.

A new approach to curbing violence in schools MSNBC:A Chicago school is taking a new approach to dealing with violence, and the results are indicating success. NBC’s Rehema Ellis reports. (Nightly News)

CLOSINGS

78% of kids from closing schools already signed up at new schools, CPS says Sun Times: Of the 11,800 students attending closing schools, about 9,200 have enrolled in new schools, the district reports.

Parents Enroll 78 Percent of Students During Early Enrollment for New Schools NBC: In another legal challenge, a federal judge will start hearing evidence July 16 from parents who argue in two lawsuits that black and disabled students are unfairly affected by the closures.

Chicago teachers union simmers over school closings Fox: Chicago’s final decision to close 50 public schools – the single biggest reported closure in U.S. history – has again pitted Mayor Rahm Emanuel against the powerful teachers union.

CPS' Push For Privatized Charter Schools Promotes Inequality, Education Panelists Say Progress IL:  The discussion, attended by approximately 80 people, comes on the heels of a Chicago Board of Education decision to close a staggering amount of public schools across the district. Forty-nine elementary schools and one high school are slated to close, marking the nation’s largest single wave of school closures in history. Miriam Canter Middle School is the only institution on the list that will not close it's doors in June; the school's closure will be phased out over two years.

DOWNSTATE

State studying new regulations for special education Tribune: Decades-old limits on the size of special education classes would disappear along with restrictions on the number of disabled students in traditional classrooms under proposals being pushed by state education leaders.

CPS pension holiday bill fails Clout Street:  A plan to allow Mayor Rahm Emanuel to skip a large chunk of Chicago Public Schools pension payments for two years failed today after Gov. Pat Quinn vowed to veto it unless lawmakers also approve comprehensive government worker pension.

Pension reform, casino bill, gun control — legislators left a lot undone Sun Times: Democrats won historic super majorities in both the Illinois House and Senate this year yet whiffed dramatically Friday when it came to passing pension reform, a Chicago casino deal and a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines. The futility also included legislation many pension-reform advocates, including Gov. Pat Quinn, regarded as salt in the wound — a last-minute push by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to skip pension payments to the Chicago teachers’ retirement fund to avert a $400 million funding shortfall this summer.

ELSEWHERE / MISC

Activist who taught Obama to be community organizer is retiring Sun Times: The man who taught a young Barack Obama how to be a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago recalls his ability to talk to anyone, from the very poor to the very rich. At 69, Greg Galluzzo is weeks from retiring from the Gamaliel Foundation, the training and consulting organization he has directed since 1986. Galluzzo managed to stay behind the scenes during his 41-year community-organizing career, which he says is the sign of a good organizer.

Disney School Teacher is 'One to Watch' DNAI: An Uptown music teacher is earning rave reviews for striking harmony between technology and curriculum.

New York to Evaluate Teachers With New System NYT: The system, in which teachers will be rated in part on their students’ test scores, brought New York City in compliance with state law.

 

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