Lots of news today, including a proposal to give CPS less money, a domestic dispute drive-by against a Safe Passage worker, and a bit of a mystery about where kids from closed schools are going. The Trib editorial page is angry about the ISBE survey results not being released to the public. What else?
Lawmaker: Chicago schools get too much state money The State Journal-Register: An Illinois lawmaker wants to change the way Chicago Public Schools gets state grant money for transportation, special education, and nutrition.
New Bill Looks To Change State Education Grant Funding System For CPS Progress Illinois: CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, however, said Pihos' bill "deflects responsibility from the core issue Springfield must tackle to provide fair funding to every school in Illinois - comprehensive pension reform."
Suburban state rep. accuses CPS of taking more than its fair share of state school grants Sun Times: Western suburban State Rep. Sandy Pihos (R-Glen Ellyn) wants to prevent Chicago Public Schools from taking more than what she calls its fair share in state block grants, so she filed several bills she hopes will keep that from happening again.
Lawmaker: Chicago schools get too much state money WBEZ: A 1996 law made CPS the only Illinois district that automatically can claim a certain percentage of state education dollars to spend at its own discretion.
CLOSINGS / SAFETY
Shots fired at Safe Passage worker on South Side Tribune: The woman told police that she earlier was moved from another Safe Passage route because of an ongoing dispute with her estranged husband, a reputed Gangster Disciple, the source said.
Fewer students go to welcoming schools, task force wants more info Catalyst: CPS officials don't know exactly where 7 percent of the 11,729 students displaced by closings are attending school this Fall and only 64 percent are attending the school designated for them--significantly less than the 80 percent projected over the summer... Fourteen of the 49 shuttered schools sent less than half of their students to the designated welcoming school.
Out-of-work teachers seen as untapped resource for solving city problems WBEZ: Goodcity believes Chicago would be a better place if lots of the city’s laid-off educators founded their own nonprofits. The idea is to keep teachers in the city neighborhoods where they’ve been working, and get them to address some of the problems they’ve seen up close as teachers..
Emanuel: Fees will go up for some in-person permits Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel indicated Wednesday he's not going to seek to raise property taxes, sales taxes or gas taxes in his new city budget, but left open the possibility of a host of other tax and fee increases to balance the books.
Editorial: You can't be trusted Tribune: State schools Superintendent Christopher Koch and other officials won't release the full analysis to parents, students and teachers. Koch & Co. buckled to pressure from local administrators who feared that the survey results would make them look bad.
DePaul Gets City Stadium Deal But Stingy on CPS Classroom Lease: Parents DNAI: Lincoln Elementary is pushing to extend a lease, but DePaul claims it was clearly a one-year solution.
Kenwood Academy Escapes Budget Cuts, Now Dealing with Overcrowding DNAI: The school's enrollment is more than 150 students over what it was built to accommodate.
Waukegan High School Crowns Gay Homecoming King And Queen Chicagoist: Waukegan High School crowned their homecoming queen and king last week, but instead of the stereotypical popularity contest the student body chose two friendly progressive picks.
A Look Inside the Newest Chicago Lab School Building DNAI: The building in Hyde Park focuses on open space to enhance learning, school officials said.
Documentary about SEHS needs 8th graders, and idea for CPSO book club CPSO: Are you or your child considering Whitney Young Magnet High School as your First Choice School and do you plan on attendingthe Open House on October 20th? Let me know if anyone is interested in having this book for a book club. It covers one of our favorite topics – Finland’s education system!
Lane Tech Football Player Remains in Coma as Well Wishes Pour In DNAI: Senior Drew Williams suffered "severe head trauma" and collapsed during Friday night's game.
New York Charter Schools Rally To Protect Free Rents EdWeek: In Memphis, for instance, charter schools must pay rent if they are authorized by the school district but not if they are authorized by the state. Some charters in Philadelphia received shuttered school buildings without having to pay rent.
Teen sleep: Montgomery to study proposal to shift high school starting time Washington Post: The plan, offered last week by Superintendent Joshua P. Starr, would delay the start of the high school day by nearly an hour, in keeping with growing research about the later sleep cycles of teenagers and the health and safety hazards of getting too little rest.
Big promises with iPads, but where's the research? KPCC: A recent study by Rachel Cole, James J. Kemple and Micha D. Segeritz out of New York University looked at a digital math program used by sixth graders in New York City. It found students who used the program didn’t learn any more than those who didn’t use it.
Boston School-Bus Drivers Return to Work Amid Uncertainty NYT: A day after they left thousands of Boston schoolchildren stranded, drivers were back, but schools warned parents to be ready with contingency plans in case of another walkout.