Today's news includes a partial shutdown of the federal government (not sure it affects CPS at all immediately), coverage of the possible new charters that might come to overcrowded (as opposed to low-performing) parts of CPS, a bundle of CPS SNAFUs, and some talk about the importance of teaching math. Oh yes, and Texas got an NCLB waiver, leaving just Illinois and a couple of other states without one. More to come via Twitter and in comments.
CPS starts advisory councils to seek charters in overcrowded neighborhoods Tribune: Broy said that under former schools chief Arne Duncan, charter schools were largely built in African-American and Latino communities with underperforming schools. "Using charters as a pressure valve in overcrowded neighborhoods is a change in approach. We're not sure how successful it will be," Broy said.
Is freshman algebra the answer to Chicago`s violence problem? Fox: Could there be a link between 9th grade algebra and Chicago's murder rate? Researchers at the University of Chicago's Crime Lab believe so.
Texas Wins NCLB Waiver After Making Big Changes to Plan Politics K12: The Education Department still lists as "pending" the waiver applications of Illinois, Iowa, and Wyoming -- except Illinois' application has essentially been rejected because of problems with its timeline and teacher evaluations. Iowa's has also been rejected because of teacher-evaluation problems, and Wyoming withdrew its request for now.
The Shutdown and Education: Your Cheat Sheet Politics K12: So it's happened: Congress was unable to reach agreement on temporary spending plan to keep the government open—and the U.S. Department of Education and other government agencies are on partial shutdown.
The inside story on LA schools’ iPad rollout: “a colossal disaster” Hechinger Report: On Friday I spoke to two LAUSD contractors who have first-hand knowledge of the rollout. They agreed to give an insiders’ view of the controversy on background. There’s an incredible litany of problems here that reads like a primer on what NOT to do with a major deployment of technology in a school district.