School-level budget cuts are coming out in a few places and they're not pretty (I have a Network Budget Meeting deck below but is there a list of school cuts citywide?). Parents are key, says Trib editorial page (again). There are 50 overcrowded schools, but no -- it won't work to send kids from overcrowded schools to ones slated to close. The New Teacher Center. Virtual charters. Retaining kids who can't read.
CPS Budget Cuts Hit Schools Hard: Amundsen Loses $780K, Roosevelt Down $1M DNAI: As schools go public with their 2013-14 budgets, deep cuts are revealed.
For a look at what principals are being told, see also this Network Budget Meeting Deck - 2013-06 someone sent me.
Emanuel not ruling out raising CPS property tax limits Tribune: The mayor's comments came the day after his hand-picked school board president, David Vitale, was asked about the possibility of raising property taxes beyond the current limit and acknowledged that the district is talking with state lawmakers about several revenue options.
Property Tax Hikes To Close CPS Budget Deficit May Be Necessary Chicagoist: School Board President Davit Vitale would only tell the Sun-Times “it’s our responsibility to ask” Springfield to lift the cap.
Parents have to be involved in their kids' education Tribune (editorial): This isn't just about the quality of teachers in the classroom. It is about the quality of parenting in the home. And that's what we found most interesting in her announcement... Educators rely on parents as indispensable allies. When parents don't enforce homework, when parents don't turn off the television, when parents don't make education a priority, their children fail.
Parents behaving badly WBEZ: After witnessing too many parents freak out at kids' sporting events, Buffalo Grove trustee Mike Terson recently put up signs in a local park urging moms and dads to behave themselves.
Chicago Public Schools faces overcrowding at same time it closes schools for underenrollment WBEZ: Every corner of Peck Elementary School—from the entry ways to the closets—is used by someone throughout the day. The music teacher’s “office” is on a corner of the stage. The social worker meets with students in the projection room. The bilingual coordinator works in a closet-sized room at the top of a stairwell.
Amidst CPS closings, many schools remain overcrowded WBEZ: Officials say many Chicago Public Schools have too few kids to keep operating. But here is something you likely haven’t heard: For every one school the district is closing, there is a severely overcrowded school where many where parents and administrators are begging for expensive additions.
Teacher Mentoring WTTW: The New Teacher Center is an organization that teaches teachers how to sidestep the pitfalls of early career burnout. Read a web article and watch an extended interview with Ellen Moir, founder and CEO of the organization, who is working to battle the teacher retention crisis in America.
Laws help limit junk foods in schools EurekaAlert: District policies and state laws help reduce the availability of sugar- and fat-laden foods and beverages in elementary schools, according to a study published online in JAMA Pediatrics.
Group drops plan for online charter school Tribune: Virtual Learning Solutions has dropped its fight to open an online charter school in the western suburbs for now. President Ted Dabrowski said Wednesday the group has withdrawn its appeals to a state commission in light of the state's new one-year...
Report Reveals 1 In 5 Schools Considered 'High-Poverty' Progress IL: Barbara Radner, associate professor and director of the Center for Urban Education at DePaul University, added that the fact schools are becoming poorer is a serious problem with significant policy implications.
Should We Retain Kids to Raise Reading Achievement? Part II Tim Shanahan: In my last entry I was asked whether it was acceptable to retain special education students. My response was that I had always opposed such retention based on an extensive body of research (some of which is listed below). However, I also admitted that the most recent research, relatively high quality research, was finding positive results for test-based retention in Florida.