UNO Troubles, Safe Passage Staffing

UNO Troubles, Safe Passage Staffing

Today's news includes more rumblings on UNO, some rollback of the Safe Passage staffing from city departments, a new RYH survey, and a few other items. National news includes the possible departure of the LAUSD superintendent, and boundary changes in DC that are bound to make problems, right?

Emanuel mum on troubled UNO, Sharpton Tribune: Emanuel was asked if it was time for Rangel to step away from the organization for good, given the SEC investigation. “The board has to look at that,” the mayor responded. “My priority, No. 1, is making sure the education is meeting the standards we expect for our students.”

UNO on the ropes Tribune (editorial): There is much at stake here: the education of 7,600 students at 16 campuses. Chicago Public Schools funnels some $80 million a year to UNO to run those schools.

Chicago Pulls Back on Safe Passage Staffing NBC: NBC 5 Investigates has learned the city workers from two departments -- building inspectors and Streets and Sanitation -- are no longer assigned to Safe Passage.

Raise Your Hand Survey CPSO: Raise Your Hand is doing a new survey to gather input from a range of parents on how their schools have been affected by budget cuts and what your key priorities are for the near term.

Ousting of Thornton Township school board president adds to district upset Tribune: The chaos reached a tipping point last week when school board President Kenneth Williams was kicked out of office by a Cook County judge because of a three-decade-old felony forgery conviction. The conviction violated Illinois law, which states elected officials convicted of an "infamous crime" cannot hold office, the judge said.

Neighborhood School Fair CPSO: A group of parent/LSC members from a range of neighborhood schools is putting on a Neighborhood School Fair, to give more parents the chance to get familiar with these schools. Saturday November 16

Ten things you didn’t know about Divergent WBEZ: Earlier this month, I was able to follow author Veronica Roth as she spoke at her alma mater, Barrington High School. There, she revealed some interesting secrets and fun facts about the series. Here are ten that you might find surprising.

Cleveland Schools hold 'Teachers Fair' WKYC: Cleveland city schools are making a push to find more teachers.  This comes after many students have gone close to 50 days without full-time teachers in the classroom. Parents and council members who all backed the levy have been upset and outspoken at the lack of permanent teachers.

iPads in Chicago Public Schools edtech digest: Students at William H. Brown Elementary School in the Windy City engage with learning and math backed by some inspiring music. 2:29 Source: iPads in CPS

Sounds familiar Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2014 budget more than doubles the amount initially set aside for police overtime this year, reflecting the increasingly high financial cost of trying to tamp down gun violence on city streets. The new spending blueprint...

NATIONAL

Los Angeles Schools Leadership Questioned WSJ: The Los Angeles Unified School District is slated to meet Tuesday to discuss whether to renew its superintendent’s contract—a decision that could change the leadership of the nation’s second-largest school system.

Texas No Child Left Behind waiver means concessions to feds Politico: Critics often tie No Child Left Behind waivers to the Common Core and equate them with operating in the pocket of the federal government. Some say Texas crushed that theory. Others say the state's recently won waiver reinforced it.

New Jersey School District Cancels Testing After Exams Are Leaked on the Internet NYT: The breach of test security in the Montclair, N.J., school district was discovered by a parent on Friday, leading to a “full legal investigation.”

Warily, Schools Watch Students on the Internet NYT: New ways to monitor students around the clock raise questions about whether educators can or should legally discipline children for online outbursts.

D.C. kicks off school boundary overhaul Washington Post: D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s administration kicked off an effort Monday to overhaul school boundaries and feeder patterns for the first time in decades, a politically charged and long-delayed process that could limit access to some of the city’s most sought-after schools.

Test driving LA Unified's iPad educational software KPCC: Even the hit cell phone game Angry Birds is more responsive. A simple flick of the screen there, and the scene comes alive. And you can pull in friends to test your skills against theirs. Master a task and Angry Birds guides you right into the next level.  The Pearson software seemed to him static by comparison. "Basically you took your book and put it in a digital format," he said. "How does that change learning for the students?"

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