Lots of action from yesterday's Board meeting -- including the approval of the budget and the new evaluation system, plus the boycott/protest (and access limitations) -- but there's also news from the schools about how the first week is going, including an interesting Becky Vevea update from a school receiving 100 new kids.
CPS students serve as 'ambassadors' for new classmates WBEZ: There are about 100 new faces at Harvard School of Excellence. That’s because the Chicago Board of Education voted to shut down nearby Yale Elementary and send students to Harvard. WBEZ producer Becky Vevea interviewed a group of these “ambassadors” and a handful of new students who transferred in from Yale, and she explains how the first week is unfolding.
New rule to attend CPS meetings draws complaints Chicago Tribune: A new requirement that participants sign up online to attend the monthly Chicago Board of Education meeting drew complaints Wednesday and claims the district is violating the ...
Chicago school budget approved, taps reserves to plug $1 bln gap Reuters: The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday unanimously approved a $6.6 billion fiscal 2014 budget for the Chicago PublicSchools, tapping budget reserves to cover 70 percent of a $1 billion deficit.
CPS Passes Budget Amid Protests NBC: "I feel [Chicago Public Schools] is using our children," she said. "They're using them as pawns. We're asking for much. We're asking for a new, elected school ...
Chicago's school board deals with budget, accountability and charges that it violated the Open Meetings Act WBEZ: Chicago's Board of Education passed a $5.6 million budget Wednesday and also approved a new way to rate the district's schools. Outside, protesters called for board members' ouster. WBEZ education reporter Linda Lutton discusses those issues and charges that the district turned people away from the meeting in violation of the Illinois Open Meetings Act.
March on Washington Inspires Educators, 50 Years Later PoliticsK12: Teachers are infusing the lessons of the civil-rights movement into their classrooms as thousands descend on Washington for a celebration that culminates with a speech by President Obama.
Minnesota test-results takeaway: 'Our kids did not get dumber overnight' MinnPost: Today your local newspaper doubtless carries the hotly anticipated results of the 2013 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs), the standardized tests used to determine the number of students who are proficient at math, reading and science.
Some schools drop out of new healthy federal lunch program AP: The transition towards healthier school lunches isn't sitting easy with some schools. Superintendents and parents say kids don't like the new menus and aren't full enough, causing the cafeterias to lose money.