The big news of the day is probably Catalyst's in-depth package of new stories about receiving schools, displaced teachers, and funding for enhancements promised by CPS such as IB and STEM. I've linked to two of the stories but there are lots more -- check them out and let us know what you think. What else? Let us know.
Minor fire damage at elementary school Tribune: Fire Department officials are investigating the cause of a small fire at a South Side elementary school Monday morning. Students had yet to arrive and there were no injuries. Classes are expected to resume Tuesday at Oglesby Elementary School.
Art Institute receives $1 million grant to work with CPS Tribune: The Art Institute of Chicago announced Monday that it is receiving a $1 million grant to fund a five-year collaboration with Chicago Public Schools to foster students’ engagement with original artworks.
Waiting on STEM, IB Catalyst: The 11 STEM schools got $376,000 each and seven International Baccalaureate schools got $255,000. The money was to pay for one-time start-up costs such as teacher training, and two extra staff members. At the IB schools, the two extra staff members include an IB coordinator and a world language teacher. The STEM schools get one technology specialist and a math/science specialist.
New school transitions Catalyst: The historic closing of 49 elementary schools in Chicago left many parents bitter and feeling left out as they try to get involved in new schools. Yet parent engagement is essential for school improvement, and principals are faced with the challenge of building trust at schools that scored poorly on surveys of parent involvement.
Haines Elementary School Receives a Playground Rain Garden DNAI: Water experts selected the Chinatown school for installation of the eco-friendly playground feature.
Principal at a Top CPS Magnet Says He'll Step Down When His Contract Ends DNAI: Andrew Jackson's Mathew Ditto said the move was not related to a disputed computer purchase.
Shutdown impact: Defense workers return to work WTOP: Rather than sitting around, Threat decided to volunteer for a veteran patrol for the Chicago Public Schools “safe passage” program.
Shuttered Head Start Centers to Reopen, Thanks to Philanthropists PoliticsK12: Houston-based philanthropists John and Laura Arnold have extended $10 million in emergency funding support to the National Head Start Association, which will in turn be used to reopen Head Start centers that closed, or were on the brink of closure, after the federal government shutdown cut off their funding.
Mixed reviews to Common Core highlight of Education Nation Town Hall Hechinger Report: Students and teachers at the annual Education Nation town hall on Sunday expressed mixed reactions to the Common Core, mirroring divisions in the wider national conversation about new standards in math and English adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.
Obama's pre-Kindergarten plan expensive, shows little results ABQ Journal: Duncan spoke mainly about Obama's early education program, which was introduced this past spring as part of the president's fiscal year 2014 budget proposal.
The GED Test Is About to Get Much Harder, and Much More Expensive The Atlantic: The higher standards on the GED test will be paired with another change—starting next year, students will take the GED test on computers only. Pencil-and-paper tests will no longer be allowed.
Report: Millions Paid to Teachers Who Cannot Teach in the Classroom WNYC: The Daily News reported on Monday that the city will spend $29 million in 2013 on the salaries and benefits of educators who are considered "too dangerous or incompetent to work in public school classrooms but cannot be immediately fired."