CPS Eases Retention Reqs

CPS Eases Retention Reqs

Friday's education news: Student retention eased, budgets, UNO troubles, zoning approval for new charter across from Prosser. Plus comments, and Twitter (@district299)

BUDGETS

Critics not impressed with mayor's new TIF pledge
Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said Emanuel is obviously “responding to us and responding to this cry about some fairness in where money gets spent.” But she argued that an executive order with strings attached is not the way to go about ...

Lane Tech Selling Mattresses in 'Snoozefest' to Raise Money DNAI: The school's foreign language students are hosting a sale on Saturday to raise funds for trips abroad.

PROMOTION

Tougher test may lead to more retention, despite relaxed promotion policy Catalyst: As CPS moves toward implementing tougher academic standards and assessments, district leaders plan to adjust the promotion policy and allow some students who score low on the new standardized test to be sent to the next grade. But they may be taking this step to prevent have a huge influx of students in summer school and in danger of being held back.

CPS changing its promotion policy Tribune: With more rigorous assessment tests this year creating concerns that the number of failing students could rise, Chicago Public Schools plans to revamp its promotion policy for third-, sixth- and eighth-graders. Last school year, more than 4,600 CPS...

CHARTERS

Education Activists Slam Chicago Planning Commission For Advancing New Noble School Network Charter Progress IL: The Chicago Planning Commission approved the Noble Charter School Network's zoning request Thursday, paving the way for a new high school to be built across the street from Prosser Career Academy in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood.

Chicago Plan Commission clears way for proposed charter high school WBEZ: A charter high school that would be paid for with a $20 million private donation got a green light from the Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday. The commission approved a change to the zoning of a vacant lumberyard on the city’s Northwest Side to allow for the school, which would be run by the Noble Network of Charter Schools.

City panel OKs zoning change that could bring new NW Side charter school Sun Times: The Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday approved a zoning change that could eventually allow the Noble Network of Charter Schools to consider building a new high school on the Northwest Side, across the street from an existing high school. That’s despite a boisterous protest outside City Council chambers by supporters of Prosser High School — including Ald. Nick Sposato — and of other ...

UNO

Gov. Quinn again suspends state funding to UNO, putting $15 million on hold Sun Times: For the second time this year, Gov. Pat Quinn has suspended state funding to the scandal-scarred United Neighborhood Organization, the biggest charter-school operator in Illinois. A Quinn spokeswoman said Thursday the state has frozen the final $15 million of a $98 million state school-construction grant that the Illinois Legislature promised UNO in 2009 to help build a network of charter schools.

Quinn Halts UNO's State Funding — Again Progress IL: The state has reportedly suspended the last $15 million allocated to UNO out of the $98 million grant meant for school construction, which was passed by the state legislature in 2009.

NATIONAL

In the suburbs, conflicting emotions over new school mandates Hechinger Report: With student diplomas potentially at stake, the pressures that high-poverty urban schools have experienced for years around standardized test scores may now be heading to the suburbs.

L.A. Unified considers slower iPad rollout LA Times: The rollout of a $1-billion school iPad program would be extended by a year under a new plan by the Los Angeles Unified School District, doubling the time originally allotted for getting tablets to every student.

Flaws Found in Okla. A-F Grades Point to Bigger Problems With New Rating Systems PoliticksK12: Among other things, they found that very small variations in test scores could mean the difference between an A grade and an F grade for a school.

Trying to Keep Religion Out of the Charter School Classroom NYT: As the charter school movement grows, so do the number of schools in houses of worship and other buildings with religious connections.

Melinda Gates: Race to the Top Was 'Momentum' for Teacher-Quality Work PoliticsK12: "What got started with Race to the Top and allowed progress to happen with the school districts [is] some rolling momentum, and so that will continue on. ... I think the momentum will keep rolling in the states, and I think we're just on the cusp of a lot of great things happening."

At Department of Education, diving back into routines and making up for lost time Washington Post: Once she got the 12:46 a.m. text message from the Office of Personnel Management that she should return to her job at the Department of Education on Thursday, Zina Watkins jumped up and started ironing clothes to ...

LAUSD board president Vladovic facing censure motion LA Daily News: Los Angeles Unified board member Tamar Galatzan on Thursday released an unprecedented motion asking the board to censure its president, Richard Vladovic.

Tough Love And Lessons From 'American Promise' Film NPR: The black male achievement gap has always been a hot-button topic. But a new film - 13 years in the making - attempts to address that issue by chronicling the experiences of two black boys as they navigate a prestigious private school. Host Michel Martin speaks with filmmakers and parents, Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, and their son Idris Brewster, about the film American Promise.

Will Facebook change lead to an erosion of privacy rights for teens? PBS NewsHour: The changes mean that teens between 13 and 17 years old could share whatever they posted with the general public if they wish to do so. But Facebook also said that it would post two reminders, like this one, to make sure that teens were aware of the risks of posting information.

D.C. school enrollment increases, with charters growing faster than DCPS Washington Post: D.C. traditional and charter schools grew for the fifth year in a row, together enrolling 4 percent more students this fall than last, according to a raw count the Office of the State Superintendent of Education released Thursday.

Chancellor Fields Questions from Teachers on New Evaluations WNYC: Walcott was accompanied by Deputy Chancellor David Weiner who explained that the evaluation system had been piloted in select schools  over the past three years. When a teacher asked about whether there is an "uneven playing field" in evaluating teachers who work with special needs students, Weiner said there should be no negative impact.

New York schools could close to observe Muslim holidays Al Jazeera America: The city's two mayoral candidates both support adding Eid celebrations to list of days schools are closed.

Minnesota's education conference draws thousands for training, but has its critics Pioneer Press: New York writer Paul Tough and Anton Treuer, of the American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State University, were scheduled speak along with Specht and Brenda Cassellius, the state education commissioner.

 

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  • Disability and Education Town Hall Meeting
    October 19, 2013

    Are you a parent of a child with a disability in CPS?

    Are you a student with a disability in CPS?

    Do you work with children with disabilities in CPS?

    Disability advocates want to hear from YOU!

    On Saturday, October 19, disability advocacy and family support groups are hosting a public town hall meeting in order to hear from parents and allies of children with disabilities in the Chicago Public Schools.

    Please attend to testify on issues you see affecting students with disabilities in Chicago Public Schools. Testimonies should be about two to three minutes in length. We will also have a resource fair so that you can check out supports for students with disabilities, families and allies.

    Parking: Parking in the area is metered or in paid lots. The best way to get to Access Living is by using the Chicago Transit Authority buses or the Red or Brown el lines.

    Light Snacks will be served.

    Please refrain from wearing scented products to help us maintain our accessible environment for people with environmental or chemical sensitivity.

    Sponsoring Organizations: Access Living, Family Resource Center on Disabilities, and Equip for Equality, Family Support Network of Illinois, Illinois Life Span Project of the Arc

    RSVP for the Disability and Education Town Hall!

    This event is FREE, but we ask that you RSVP so that we can best prepare for this event. Please RSVP no later than Monday, October 14 to Candace Coleman either by email at ccoleman@accessliving.org or by regular mail:

    Candace Coleman
    Access Living
    115 W. Chicago Avenue
    Chicago, Illinois 60654

    Event Title: Disability and Education Town Hall Meeting

    Description: On Saturday, October 19, disability advocacy and family support groups are hosting a public town hall meeting in order to hear from parents and allies of children with disabilities in the Chicago Public Schools.

    Date: October 19, 2013

    Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Cost: Free

    Where: Access Living

    Address: 115 W. Chicago Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60654

    Neighborhood: Downtown

    Contact: Rodney Estvan Policy Analyst - Education Work: 312-640-2149 TTY: 312-640-2170 Email: restvan@accessliving.org

    Contact: Candace Coleman Community Development Organizer - Youth Voicemail: 312-640-2128 TTY: 312-640-2102 Email: ccoleman@accessliving.org

  • I was unable to attend this meeting but I am hoping that parents spoke up regarding the quality of special education services in CPS. We have a very wide variance in the quality of services available in the schools. What we do have is enormous caseloads/workloads, over crowded self-contained programs and a covert "inclusion for all program" in which a gen ed teacher is expected to teach 33 students of which 6-8 are students with disabilities. The sped teacher's time is spread over three classrooms. That's if she/he is not covering the rooms of absent teachers, monitoring lunch or supervising recess.

    How many vacancies are there in special education this year?

    Where is the leadership in CPS regarding special services?

    We receive very little guidance-I have learned more regarding special education laws etc from Rod Estvan on this blog than anyone in sped ed's central office staff. Teachers are tired of asking questions and being told, "I don't know".

    anniesullivan

  • I, too, would love to here the upshot of the Access Living Town Hall Meeting. We tried to attend, but a family emergency interfered.

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  • In reply to district299reader:

    In response to everyone on our meeting held at Access Living. We took two full hours of testimony and it covered many problems with CPS special education. Jointly Access Living and Equip for Equality will be issuing a formal report on the meeting. We are waiting for the transcript in order to start working on the report.

    I will be sure to give provide a copy to Alexander when we release it probably in November.

    Rod Estvan

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