UNO is in trouble again -- with the SEC this time. Lawmakers want to lower state education funding for CPS, and CPS parents want more TIF funding from City Hall. Meanwhile, the budget deal to restart the federal government extends the TFA loophole.
Study: D.C.’s teacher evaluation system affects workforce Washington Post: Rewards and punishments embedded in the District’s controversial teacher evaluation program have shaped the school system’s workforce, affecting both retention and performance, according to a study scheduled for release Thursday.
Why we must accept Common Core writing standards Ray Salazar: For decades, many wealthy kids and students at magnet or selective-enrollment schools have been exposed to what Common Core pushes us to teach. That's one reason those students gained more access to better post-secondary opportunities. Let's give our low-income, minority students those same options.
In Laurel, 'intense' but promising shift to Common Core Baltimore Sun: At first glance, the bulletin boards lining the hallways of Oaklands Elementary School in South Laurel look like any typical display of students' work — drawings, short essays, a display of some dioramas.
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."
CPS Budget Cuts: Parent Groups Cry Foul, Seek Additional TIF Money DNAI: Raise Your Hand and the Common Sense Coalition demanded additional funding for public schools.
Parents want more TIF cash, transparency Catalyst: Unimpressed with the announcement last week that Mayor Rahm Emanuel will declare a TIF surplus that will garner about $20 million more for CPS, two parent organizations said on Wednesday they want to know more about TIF spending and would ultimately like to see the district get more money.
Senn High School's Big Transformation: 'What's Happening Here is Real' DNAI: Since Susan Lofton became principal in 2010, the Edgewater school has become a top-rated school for CPS.
The privilege of public education Tribune (letter): I am a licensed clinical social worker who retired last year after 33 years with the Chicago Public Schools. I'm concerned that the most fertile area for student improvement, the home, is not playing a larger role in school reform.
UNO acknowledges SEC probe Tribune: The United Neighborhood Organization acknowledged today that its charter school network is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
SEC probing clout-heavy UNO for possible securities violations Sun Times: Federal authorities are investigating possible securities violations involving the state’s largest charter-school operator, the scandal-scarred United Neighborhood Organization.
Alderman: Cops should get retro pay Sun Times: Chicago Sun-Times: “It's personal against me because I'm one of two people in the city of Chicago who has spoken out against Mayor Emanuel and his administration,” Shields said then, identifying Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis as the other mayoral critic.
Budget Deal Would Allow Alternate-Route Teachers to be Deemed "Highly Qualified" PoliticsK12: The legislation, which is expected to be approved by both houses of Congress very soon, would allow teachers participating in alternative-certification programs (for example, Teach for America) to be considered "highly qualified" for an additional two years, through the 2015-16 school year.
New standardized tests boast less risk of cheating — by students and teachers KPCC: Last school year, students were caught taking pictures of the tests with their cellphones to share with others.But this year's computer test gets rid of those answer sheets and booklets. Tests will be given on computer, and officials can monitor when a student is logging in and out of a web site to take the test.
More Angst For College Applicants: A Glitchy Common App NPR: Applying to college is stressful at the best of times. But technical flaws in the online Common Application, used by hundreds of colleges, have sparked panic among some high school seniors. With deadlines approaching, some schools are making backup plans — like a return to mail or even faxed applications.