Updated: CPS handed out personal fans to students for the heat Sun Times: The Chicago Public Schools has a solution to help kids deal with the terrible heat: 36,000 tiny portable fans. And a first-grader who used one of the fans ended up with a haircut.
Editorial: Can we trust the school numbers now? Tribune (editorial): In July, Chicago Public Schools officials revealed that the number of students who met academic standards had plummeted. That's because the basic measure of success — the Illinois Standards Achievement Test — had been adjusted to meet reality....
Chicago gets biggest credit rating cut in Moody's pension review Crain's Chicago Business: ... Chicago Park District, the Chicago Public Schools and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District partly because they share the same tax base with Chicago.
Ray LSC endorses budget Hyde Park Herald: Ray was one of two schools set to receive extra funding as welcoming schools for Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., which CPS planned to close the next school year. After several hearings, CPS chose to keep Canter open and start a one-year phase out process but Ray still had to add 7th grade this year to receive students graduating from Shoesmith Elementary School.
Illinois schools' test scores dip under new scale WBEZ: Test scores for Illinois elementary students dipped significantly in 2013 in both reading and math. But the state board of education says the changes are due to tougher scoring criteria, and students are still making gains. The changes also come as Illinois and 44 states across the country prepares adopt Common Core standards in 2014, a more rigorous test for students.
CDC sleep study, what to eat when pregnant and Karen Lewis WBEZ: CTU President Karen Lewis talks about what has happened since the teachers strike.
Arne Duncan sells benefits of Common Core standards, technology to Arizona students Washington Post: Simone Ufondu, 11, stepped onto Bus 2001 Wednesday morning and slid into a seat next to a tall stranger. Simone, a sixth-grader at Dodge Middle School, didn't recognize her seatmate, Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
California legislature approves slow switch to new standardized tests KPCC: The bill’s author, Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, told colleagues many educators believe it makes no sense to keep giving the old tests as California schools begin teaching new learning standards this year called the Common Core.
Will Congress Get Rid of Sequestration? Don't Hold Your Breath. PoliticsK12: The latest, completely unsurprising development: A stop-gap spending measure, written by House Republicans, that would fund the government until Dec. 15, doesn't do anything to alleviate the cuts, which are slated to stay in place for a decade. The Committee for Education Funding, a lobbying coalition, sent a letter to Capitol Hill Wednesday opposing the measure because it "locks in the harmful sequester cuts."
Education advocates pivot and spin after de Blasio’s ascent GothamSchools: Michael Mulgrew, president of United Federation of Teachers, echoed Thompson’s sentiments in a statement: “We are awaiting the final count.” But others are not waiting for all of the ballots to be counted before weighing in. Several groups today issued statements implying that de Blasio would be the nominee and spinning the results in their favor.
No Child Left Untableted NYT: Sally Hurd Smith, a veteran teacher, held up her brand-new tablet computer and shook it as she said, “I don't want this thing to take over my ..." ALSO: Discovering That Your 18-Month-Old Is Using an iPad in Pre-School Atlantic.
The latest in school supplies? A handgun and holster MSNBC: An Arkansas state board voted on Wednesday to allow 13 school districts to keep their licenses to arm teachers, administrators and staff members in schools, foregoing an opinion from the State Attorney General who said the licensing law they are using as a legal premise was intended for private businesses.
Army Looks To Schools To Find The Next Cyberwarriors NPR: Security experts say the U.S. has a dearth of professionals qualified to take on cyberthreats like attacks on power grids or defense systems. A school district in Alabama and the U.S. Army Cyber Command have teamed up to help prepare a new generation for cyberwarfare careers.