Wednesday Morning News

Wednesday Morning News

‘Structured out’ of a job Catalyst: Among eligible white teachers, 75 percent received transfers, compared to only about 67 percent of black teachers.  Some of those teachers who did not get transfers in July eventually were hired within the district, but CPS has not yet shared information about those hires with the CTU.

Educators leery of state's survey of schools Chicago Tribune: The university has been doing similar surveys in Chicago Public Schools for some 20 years and has expanded its work around the country.

Teach trades in schools Chicago Tribune: How about bringing back classes into Chicago Public Schools that will help students who don't want a degree to instead learn a trade that will be helpful to them

Better schools, safer neighborhoods, more jobs Chicago Tribune: The city's corporations would become a giant schools Booster Club that bypasses the financial constraints of the Chicago Public Schools. 2.

Ten suggestions to better Chicago Chicago Tribune: Decrease Chicago Public Schools spending and use the available resources to accomplish the projective goal to produce well-educated children.

Enlarge our 'family' to include the West Side Wednesday Journal: Well, a lot of OPRF students come here from Chicago Public Schools to get a better education. Are they as well prepared as our Oak Park kids? No! Why?

Lane Tech football player in hospital ICU Chicago Tribune: The player was injured in a game against Dunbar High School on the South Side on Friday, a Chicago Public Schools official confirmed.

Parents Demand Answers After Rival Schools Brawl NBC Chicago: A group of parents confronted members of the Rich Township SchoolBoard Tuesday night, demanding answers about a brawl between rivalschools Rich Central and Rich South on Sept. 30.

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Computer Games in the Classroom WSJ: At a private school in Houston, eighth-graders slingshot angry red birds across a video screen for a lesson on Newton's law of motion. High-school students in Los Angeles create the "Zombie Apocalypse" computer game to master character development. And elementary students in Hampstead, N.C., build a virtual city to understand spatial reasoning.

Amid heavy lobbying, Brown must decide teacher dismissal bill EdSource Today: Gov. Jerry Brown has left a decision on a much-disputed bill on teacher dismissals among the last batch of bills facing him before Sunday’s deadline for deciding legislation.

Video: Teachers make house calls, see payoff in classroom MSNBC: More and more schools across the country are encouraging teachers to meet parents outside the classroom as part of a drive to build stronger relationships with students and their families. TODAY’s Erica Hill reports. (TODAY)

Most D.C. schools to participate in unified enrollment lottery starting next year Washington Post: The majority of D.C. charter schools and all schools in the city’s traditional school system plan to participate in a single unified lottery to determine enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year, officials in the office of Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) said.

LAUSD President Richard Vladovic issues apology; seeking professional help LA Daily News: A day after Los Angeles Unified released two claims accusing him of harassment, school board President Richard Vladovic admitted Tuesday that he'd violated the district's "civility policy" and apologized to employees who'd felt intimidated by him.

Race to the Top for Districts: 219 Applicants Vie For $120 Million Politics K12: This year's applications, made by districts and groups of districts, represent 678 total school systems in 44 states. The only states without any Race to the Top district applicants were Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming—plus Hawaii and Washington, D.C., which have just one district each. Awards will range from $4 million to $30 million, depending on the number of students served by each application. A total of $120 million will be awarded.

Educators leery of state's survey of schools Chicago Tribune: The university has been doing similar surveys in Chicago Public Schools for some 20 years and has expanded its work around the country.

Teach trades in schools Chicago Tribune: How about bringing back classes into Chicago Public Schools that will help students who don't want a degree to instead learn a trade that will be helpful to them

Better schools, safer neighborhoods, more jobs Chicago Tribune: The city's corporations would become a giant schools Booster Club that bypasses the financial constraints of the Chicago Public Schools. 2.

Ten suggestions to better Chicago Chicago Tribune: Decrease Chicago Public Schools spending and use the available resources to accomplish the projective goal to produce well-educated children.

Enlarge our 'family' to include the West Side Wednesday Journal: Well, a lot of OPRF students come here from Chicago Public Schools to get a better education. Are they as well prepared as our Oak Park kids? No! Why?

Lane Tech football player in hospital ICU Chicago Tribune: The player was injured in a game against Dunbar High School on the South Side on Friday, a Chicago Public Schools official confirmed.

Parents Demand Answers After Rival Schools Brawl NBC Chicago: A group of parents confronted members of the Rich Township SchoolBoard Tuesday night, demanding answers about a brawl between rivalschools Rich Central and Rich South on Sept. 30.

Hyde Park parents criticize CPS's 10-year plan Hyde Park Herald: Parents in Hyde Park who reviewed Chicago Public Schools (CPS) final version of its 10-year Educational Facilities Master Plan said their concerns were not ...

 

NATIONAL

Computer Games in the Classroom WSJ: At a private school in Houston, eighth-graders slingshot angry red birds across a video screen for a lesson on Newton's law of motion. High-school students in Los Angeles create the "Zombie Apocalypse" computer game to master character development. And elementary students in Hampstead, N.C., build a virtual city to understand spatial reasoning.

Amid heavy lobbying, Brown must decide teacher dismissal bill EdSource Today: Gov. Jerry Brown has left a decision on a much-disputed bill on teacher dismissals among the last batch of bills facing him before Sunday’s deadline for deciding legislation.

Video: Teachers make house calls, see payoff in classroom MSNBC: More and more schools across the country are encouraging teachers to meet parents outside the classroom as part of a drive to build stronger relationships with students and their families. TODAY’s Erica Hill reports. (TODAY)

Most D.C. schools to participate in unified enrollment lottery starting next year Washington Post: The majority of D.C. charter schools and all schools in the city’s traditional school system plan to participate in a single unified lottery to determine enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year, officials in the office of Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) said.

LAUSD President Richard Vladovic issues apology; seeking professional help LA Daily News: A day after Los Angeles Unified released two claims accusing him of harassment, school board President Richard Vladovic admitted Tuesday that he'd violated the district's "civility policy" and apologized to employees who'd felt intimidated by him.

Race to the Top for Districts: 219 Applicants Vie For $120 Million Politics K12: This year's applications, made by districts and groups of districts, represent 678 total school systems in 44 states. The only states without any Race to the Top district applicants were Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming—plus Hawaii and Washington, D.C., which have just one district each. Awards will range from $4 million to $30 million, depending on the number of students served by each application. A total of $120 million will be awarded.

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  • In relation to the Lane Tech football player who is in the Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with a possible brain injury. I saw the story this morning on WGN and I was so sad for Drew Williams, his family, and the entire coaching staff at Lane Tech.

    I was probably in a state of shock because last night I watched the PBS Frontline show about brain injury and the NFL then I saw that terrible report about Drew Williams. As a former CPS coach myself I have an idea what the coaching staff is going through right now along with Drew's teammates. My prayers are with all of them at this time.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    thanks rod -- you can watch the show for free here -- pretty powerful stuff

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/league-of-denial/

  • I read with irony the Illinois Schools complaint about the UC-CCSR survey results of their schools. CPS principals have been making the same complaints for years getting the same answer: we are UC, we know what we are doing.
    In CPS , ELL parents have difficulty answering the survey annually. CPS schools with 90% positive parent responses were placed in the yellow color instead of green. (Isn't that ridiculous?)
    The Trib article did no mention, and this is touched upon IL State super Koch's email to the IL schools, that other schools did not favor being compared to/with CPS schools.
    UC-CCSR-get off your ivory tower.
    "There also were complaints about colors and words used to portray results that could potentially make schools look bad. The color red, for example, wasn't popular or the word "weak" in describing negative results, state records show....
    On one question, survey takers might indicate a very positive response with 90 percent checking "strongly agree," he said. But then, under the U. of C. analysis, the response might come back as "very weak," which might have triggered a red label."

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