Here's today's education news (so far -- I'll add more on Twitter and in comments throughout the day). Be sure to check out the piece about the special ed cap size debate. There are also some updates and additions to the REACH report two posts down. But the most interesting story to me at least is the news that TFA and the University of Minnesota are going to partner on an eight-week joint preservice training program as part of the agreement to allow TFA teachers to work there. Though TFA's numbers are still relatively small, the controversy surrounding the program has grown in recent years as its members and alumni have in some places displaced (or been believed to have displaced) traditionally-trained veteran teachers.
State Board of Education Could Lift Cap Size for Special Ed CBS2: A possible vote could lift those limits, and mean that a teacher could have 17 students requiring special attention in a class of 35. That idea scares Laurie Viets, whose 4-year-old son is autistic, and goes to Beard Elementary School on the Northwest Side. The school exclusively serves special needs children.
Safe Passage Worker Hit Woman, Stole Benefits Card: Authorities CBS2: Lashia Brown, 22, has been charged with misdemeanor battery and felony ID theft. Police confirmed Brown has a prior criminal record that includes possessing a weapon without a Firearm Owners Identification Card, an offense for which she pleaded guilty.
Singing the Praise of CPS Teachers (Despite Everything) Huffington Post (via CPS Chatter):I asked folks if they had any good stories from their schools, and parents were happy to oblige. You know why? Because most folks love their schools. They love the community culture of their schools. They love the opportunities the schools offer. They love the kindness, empathy, and professionalism of their teachers. They love their grant-writing, penny-wringing, hope-clinging principals who never say die.
The betrayal of the Chicago teachers strike: One year on World Socialist Web Site: One year ago, on September 18, 2012, the Chicago Teachers Union(CTU) shut down the nine-day strike by 26,000 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teachers. The defeat of the strike cleared the way for the acceleration of school closings and other attacks on ...
U of M, TFA reach first-of-a-kind teacher-training deal MinnPost: The Twin Cities program will be the first in which TFA’s summer training is conducted in collaboration with a university. The new program will take place at the U of M and will last eight weeks instead of TFA’s customary five.
California takes a left turn on state exams Washington Post: California is on a collision course with the U.S. Department of Education over its plans to suspend standardized tests this school year – a move that Education Secretary Arne Duncan says is wrong-headed.
Once racially troubled, a district shrinks the achievement gap Hechinger Report: On a spring morning at Ossining High School in suburban New York, a group of students gathered in a small classroom at the end of the school’s science hallway. It was a day traditionally known to the senior class as “skip day,” when most of the school’s 12th graders play hooky and head to the beach to celebrate their impending graduation.
Report: Sports causes American students to falter MSNBC (Morning Joe): Author Amanda Ripley explains why high school sports are causing American high schools to fall behind their international counterparts.