Closings Still Possible

Closings Still Possible

Today's education news: CPS says it might still close some schools -- just not for under-enrollment.  Plus the impact of the government shutdown on Head Start programs in Chicago and nationwide. Oh, and LAUSD's iPad program is facing problems (different from the ones CPS has?).

CLOSINGS

CPS announces possible exceptions to school closing moratorium Sun Times: Chicago Public School officials have pledged not to close any more schools because of academic or enrollment problems for at least five years — but on Tuesday they made it clear they could close them for other reasons. Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett wants the right this year to hasten the closure of schools already being phased out, or to close or consolidate schools “due to a safety hazard presented by the physical condition of the school,” according to a draft of guidelines the district released Tuesday.

SHUTDOWN

Day 1 of Government Shutdown WTTW: It's day one of the government shutdown. We assess the local impact.

Head Start preschoolers sent home thanks to shutdown MSNBC: For 770 preschool-aged children in eastern Alabama, school is out indefinitely. Thanks to the government shutdown which began Tuesday morning, Cheaha Regional Head Start (CRHS) has had to close all 16 of its locations, furlough its 240 employees without pay, and tell parents to keep all of the program’s students at home.

Head Start hit hardest by federal shutdown, but other education programs face problems in long term Hechinger Report: For the short term, most schools will likely be unaffected by the federal government shutdown that went into effect today. But if the impasse in Congress lasts a long time, schools may feel the financial squeeze.

MISC

Healthy - and tasty - eating in Chicago Public Schools WBEZ: We talk about whether consumer boycotts yield any results in light of the Barilla controversy and recap the Bears game against the Lions. Later, we discuss what CPS is doing with its empty schools and ways chefs are helping CPS eat healthier.

Red light cameras coming down at 18 Chicago intersections Sun Times: Chicago motorists are getting some relief from video surveillance just when Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s speed cameras around schools and parks are about to start churning out $35 and $100 tickets. City Hall is removing 36 red-light cameras at 18 intersections where cameras have succeeded in reducing right-angle crashes caused by running red lights.

SCHOOLS & TEACHERS

Alcott College Prep Parents Rallying Community to Rebuild Playing Fields DNAI: The Chicago Public Schools originally agreed to cover half of the $1.2 million cost, but backed out.

10 students charged in brawl at Rich Central High School Sun Times: Ten students were charged with mob action — a felony — after a massive brawl broke out Monday afternoon at Rich South High School between students from that school and 1,400 students from Rich Central who were bused there after a bomb threat at their school, Richton Park Police said.

Canter principal wants to take students to DC Hyde Park Herald:  “This is our last year, so we want to go out with a bang,” said Colleen Conlan, principal at Canter, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., which Chicago Public Schoolsvoted ...

Here's a notion: erase the Austin border Wednesday Journal:  We can support reforming the Chicago Public Schools, while keeping in mind the words of the famous ward healer Paddy Bauler: "Chicago ain't ready for reform ..."

CPS teacher Nancy Solayman awarded $1000 in school supplies ABC7: A Chicago Public Schools teacher and her deserving students got a surprise in class on Tuesday.

A Tough Teacher Who Hit the Right Notes WNYC: Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky, Jerry's daughter, both performed in that concert orchestra, and an article in The New York Times by Joanne provoked an outpouring of support for tough teachers who had left a big imprint.

NATIONAL

iPad Program At L.A. Schools Needs Fine Tuning NPR: Steve Inskeep talks to Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy about the district's $1 billion iPad initiative, which aims to put a tablet in the hands of every student over the next year. The plan has prompted questions about the role of technology in the classroom, and the extent to which it can enhance teaching and improve student achievement.

New glitches surface in LAUSD's iPad project LA Daily News: Los Angeles Unified's ambitious iPad project hit another snag Tuesday, as officials conceded that some schools have temporarily stopped using the tablet computers, and the school board scheduled a special meeting to get its own questions answered about the status of the rollout.

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  • So done with CPBS after this year. They really know how suck the soul out of teaching. Time to head back to where I transplanted from.

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    The LA ipad program needs more than "fine tuning." First, they are buying ipads that will be useless in 3 years, and borrowing $1 billion to pay for them for 20years? Second, they are paying $678 per unit? I can get one for $400, retail. Third, they didn't come with keyboards. That will be an extra $38 million. Finally, they never decided, before handing them out, who is liable for loss or damage. The school, the parents, Apple (ha ha.) These are major problems, and in addition no one has answered how they are to be used. They rushed into this to cut a sweetheart deal.

    This makes CPS look good by comparison, not easy to do.

  • In reply to Ed Dziedzic:

    Before I get roasted let's be clear I am not claiming LA got a good deal. But the cost included replacing broken ipads and I suspect a good number will get broken. From what I read the students would be liable for loss of the ipad, good luck collecting.

    I see different problems than Ed does. While the licensing agreement for text books in electronic format is much cheaper than physical text books so there is a cost savings right there. My understanding also is each ipad LA is getting is coming with that include the Pearson Common Core System of Courses delivered via a new app as part of the integrated solution. Apps such as iWork®, iLife® and iTunes®, in addition to a range of educational third-party apps will also be included.

    One or two of these apps will likely allow a teachers to use the ipad to post on a white board and will allow students to capture and keep all outlines a teachers puts up on a white board. If schools can integrate all of this it will make teachers lives easier.

    But here is the problem and LA has already experienced this according to the LA Times:

    It took exactly one week for nearly 300 students at Theodore Roosevelt High School to hack through security so they could surf the Web on their new school-issued iPads, raising new concerns about a plan to distribute the devices to all students in the district.

    "Outside of the district's network ... a user is free to download content and applications and browse the Internet without restriction," two senior administrators said in a memo to the Board of education and L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy. "As student safety is of paramount concern, breach of the ... system must not occur."

    I will be interested in how LA schools will address the security issues and things like kids sharing porn, videos of kids doing many things parents will not like, gang related stuff shared on ipads, and on and on.

    Rod Estvan

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    I agree, Rod. Those are all valid concerns. I still see a problem with them being obsolete in 3 years though. Even thought they can use textbooks in electronic format, I am still using 10 year old textbooks (at a rather prestigious school.) They may be old but they still work. When those iPads die they are not usable for anything. I would love for my students to have e-textbooks, but only if the cost were very reasonable and Pearson were not getting a huge slice of the pie.

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