Safe Passage Update, Duncan Visit

Safe Passage Update, Duncan Visit

Today's education news includes an update on Safe Passage incidents, a Duncan visit to Wheeling and the University of Chicago, and lower preschool enrollment in the aftermath of a centralization process. There's also a fascinating story about a teacher who scammed her kids into the selective enrollment school where she taught, and a new international study comparing different states to different countries (again). 

SAFETY

CPS Safe Passage incident reports show concerns, successes ABC7:  However, so far this entire school year -- though there have been reports of "shots fired" near Safe Passage routes -- district officials say no one has actually been shot or seriously injured on a Safe Passage route during protected hours.

CITYWIDE

Preschool enrollment down after changes to application process Catalyst: Some teachers and principals feared that families might be put off by the new process, which also now requires proof of income and government benefits (a common requirement for early childhood programs). And though CPS made some adjustments and extended the deadline, fewer children have enrolled in CPS preschools this fall: about 17,000 children, 7,000 fewer than last year and less than the district expected, according to the FY 2013 budget and CPS spokesperson Keiana Barrett.

DUNCAN

Duncan visits Wheeling High's new nanotechnology lab Chicago Tribune: I know how at one time it was a school of last resorts, and it's become a school of choice," said Duncan, who once led Chicago Public Schools.

Education secretary defends Common Core standards Chicago Maroon: United States Secretary of Education and Hyde Park native Arne Duncan explained the Common Core State Standards Initiative in a panel discussion held Thursday afternoon at International House. Duncan was joined by Frederick Hess, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, who argued against the standards.

Education Secretary Duncan, Gov. Quinn get nanotechnology lesson from ... Skokie Review: Secretary Arne Duncan visited District 214's Wheeling High School for more than two hours, touring the school's cutting-edge nanotechnology laboratory with Gov. Pat Quinn, U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, R-10th, and several other local leaders.

JOBS

CPS Lunchroom Workers Call For More Staff Progress Illinois: On Thursday, lunchroom workers with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) called on the district to hire more staff, after losing 200 workers to layoffs over the ...

Chicago teacher terminated for enrolling children in city schools HRBLR: A long-time teacher for the Chicago Board of Education contended that she enrolled her two daughters in the selective-enrollment Chicago elementary school where she taught, because she thought they, like her, were exempt from a requirement to live within the city’s borders.

PARENTS

Elementary and AC Open Houses – Share Feedback Here CPS Obsessed: Touring season is upon us.  The SEES elem schools seem to have condensed their open house schedules, for better or for worse.  Here is the most recent schedule from CPS.  Some schools may add tours or didn’t get their tours into the list in time so you may need to give a call…

Shoesmith Elementary Launches Fundraiser After $63,000 Cut From Budget DNAI: The school will hold a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to raise money for music and arts programming.

Social-emotional learning in CPS Chicago Tribune: Chicago Public Schools should embrace social-emotional learning as a key priority. It is apparent that many parents and guardians are not teaching the necessary lifeskills to students at home.

Food Day Chicago pushes fresh food, fresh outlooks Medill Reports: For the Windy City edition, about 15 organizations – from Chicago Public Schools to the Illinois Stewardship Alliance – began setting up in thebrisk weather ...

Chicago Public Schools students benefit from dual-credit courses White Rhino: Franco La Porta, a senior at Hancock High School on the Southwest side, writes about the value of this partnership between Chicago Public Schools and the City Colleges of Chicago in this guest post.

NATIONAL

Study: Eighth-graders in more than half of US states better than average in ... Washington Post: Eighth-graders in more than half the U.S. states did better than average on an international test in math and science, but the top students lagged behind South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan, according to a study released by the federal government Thursday.

Location matters for math and science scores AP: Massachusetts was the top performing state, but it still lagged behind some Asian countries in terms of its students’ overall score on exams and the number of high achievers. Mississippi, Alabama and the District of Columbia students scored below the international average on both exams.

Obama's P-Tech Visit Highlights New York School Closure Fights HuffPost: P-Tech's history isn't stopping closure critics, like de Blasio and United Federation of Teachers president Michael Mulgrew, from planning Friday appearances at the school for Obama's visit.

Six-Year High School Answer for Tomorrow's Workers? WNYC: Students at the school earn a high school diploma and an associate's degree over six years. The Obama administration says efforts like P-Tech will prepare the next generation of tech workers for jobs at companies like IBM, which sponsors the school.

Minnesota takes hands off approach to test cheating MPRN via Hechinger: School district officials must discover test security problems, such as cheating by students or teachers, and report them to the state. Districts typically ask that compromised tests be invalidated. When that occurs,  in most cases, the state’s only requirement is that district officials prove they trained teachers to properly give tests.

Study: Charters Pose a Financial Threat to Already-Struggling School Districts Atlantic EDU: Municipal finance analysts at Moody’s recently took a look at the impact of charter school growth on public finances, finding “while the vast majority of traditional public districts are managing through the rise of charter schools without a negative credit impact, a small but growing number face financial stress due to the movement of students to charters.”

L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy may leave in coming months LA Times: Deasy declined to discuss his intentions Thursday evening, saying that he has not submitted a letter of resignation and that he would have more to say after his job evaluation Tuesday.

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