Hi, everyone, and welcome back. Hope the week goes well. So CPS is counting today's attendance (but ISBE and the feds aren't). And not many folks here agreed with me about CPS Safe Passage stories. CPSObsessed asks about full-day pre-K (how's it going?). More to come in comments and on twitter (@district299).
CPS ATTENDANCE COUNT
A pivotal CPS moment: Schools take official pupil headcount, with money - and ... Chicago Sun-Times: The Chicago Teachers Union said it's been asking CPS for years to move the count day up. Waiting until the 20th day — a whole month into school — left schools in planning limbo.
New School Year Brings Sequestration Pain For Many Districts NPR: As the nation's public schools reopen this fall, many are facing budget deficits and scarce money due to sequestration. Experts say districts with large numbers of poor students are hit the hardest.
Schools Put Security Lessons to Test WJS: Many districts have added bullet-resistant windows and doors and also sought to create single, centralized entrances where visitors must be buzzed in and only gain access after passing through two secure doors.
Cash-Strapped Philadelphia Schools Ask Parents To Fill Gaps NPR: The Philadelphia school system was forced to cut millions of dollars from its budget, lay off hundreds of employees and shutter nearly two dozen schools to help close a billion dollar shortfall. Some principals are asking parents to "contribute" as much as $600 per student to help pay for basic supplies and the school superintendent threatened to delay the start of classes this month until the city kicked in $50 million to cover the minimum level of staffing.
‘Who is going to help me?’ In Philly schools, life without counselors MSNBC: Over the summer the School District of Philadelphia shuttered 23 schools and laid off nearly 4,000 teachers and other support staff, including every school counselor in the district, 270 in all.The 11th hour influx allowed the district to rehire about 1,000 laid-off employees, including about 126 school counselors.
Former Atlanta Educator Found Not Guilty in Cheating Case WSJ: The verdict came after prosecutors presented evidence and brought in testimony from numerous witnesses, including former Gov. Sonny Perdue, who had ordered a probe of the school system after allegations of widespread cheating on state standardized tests.
More parents opting kids out of standardized tests AP: Most parents are choosing to take their younger children out of testing, not older students for whom it is a graduation requirement. It's unclear if things will change when the Common Core Curriculum and the standardized tests that will accompany it are implemented in the 2014-15 school year.