Smidgen More Cash For Schools

Smidgen More Cash For Schools

EXTRA $10M

CPS finalizes how much state and federal money schools will get to help poor kids Sun Times: Turns out that CPS has more poor kids than originally projected for this 2013-14 school year, so it’ll also get more money to help them — a net total of almost $10 million — from the state and the feds. Data came down at 5 p.m., hence the lack of voices of the affected.

Needy students bring in money for schools Chicago Tribune: Chicago Public Schools will be receiving an additional $9.6 million in federal and state money for needy students beyond what was anticipated when the district's budget was approved in August.

POLITICS

Emanuel talks politics while activists rally to 'take back Chicago' Tribune: Thousands of union workers, community activists and a smattering of politicians rallied Tuesday evening on the Near West Side to "take back Chicago" and send a message to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and what they dubbed his "corporate, greedy, elitist friends."

As closures continue, Chicago expands private charter schools World Socialist Web Site: Because the mass closures were such a major issue among striking teachers, this rehiring agreement was touted by the CTU as a major gain achieved in the negotiation of what CTU president Karen Lewis herself called an “austerity contract.”

Perspective: Re-envision CPS as a democratic community Tribune: Democracy needs to be reborn in each generation, and education is its midwife." -- John Dewey Students and parents across Chicago have thoughtful concerns about their schools but often feel that they have no way to effect change within the Chicago...

MISC

George Lucas' Wedding Trees Now Planted Outside Bucktown School DNAI: Pulaski students will enjoy the natural world with leftover trees from the Star Wars creator's nuptials.

NATIONAL

LAUSD looking to delay iPad distribution LA Daily News: Facing questions about security and other issues, Los Angeles Unified Superintendent John Deasy has proposed a one-year extension in equipping all 600,000 of the district's students with iPads, pushing completion of the program to December 2015.

Common Core Standards Shake Up Publishing Biz WNYC: New York State has become the epicenter of a major transformation in the $7 billion textbook industry that threatens the preeminence of publishing behemoths like Pearson.

Is Pitbull 'Mr. Education'? Rapper Opens Charter School In Miami NPR: Pitbull is just one of a growing number of celebrities who've lent their names and opened their wallets to the charter school movement. His Sports Leadership And Management Academy opened in Miami this fall.

Former Star reporter to head new education website IBJ: Education News Network is raising funds for Chalkbeat Indiana, and already has lassoed a two-year grant totaling $115,000 from the Indianapolis-based higher education advocacy group Lumina Foundation.  Lumina said ENN also is looking at establishing other education sites for Boston; Memphis, Tenn.; and Austin, Texas.

Felony Counts for 2 in Suicide of Bullied 12-Year-Old NYT: A Central Florida sheriff said two girls, 12 and 14, were arrested after the older one posted an offensive online comment Saturday in connection with the case.

Free meals to students will be served even if agreement on shutdown isn’t reached soon Washington Post: The U.S. Department of Agriculture notified states on Friday that the free and reduced meals served to students will continue to be served “for several months,” even if Congress fails to reach an agreement on the government shutdown.

Mayoral candidate Mark Andrew's new education effort seems attempt at damage control MinnPost: While the mayor has no formal role in running the schools, Rybak and many other education advocates believe his or her influence, as the most visible elected official in the city, is invaluable in emboldening district leaders.

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  • From Common Core & textbook publisher story:

    An important incentive driving the nonprofits to become curriculum publishers was not the money, but the chance to spread their ideas about education reform to more schools. Expeditionary Learning is a strong proponent of project-based learning, for example. And Core Knowledge promotes a back-to-the-classics philosophy of education based on the writings of its founder, E.D. Hirsch Jr.

    “They’re just really focused on having that idea spread. I know that they loved the idea of having the program online for free,” said Lisa Hansel, a spokeswoman for Core Knowledge. “They were planning on putting it online for free anyway.”

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