Dyett, Passages, Vallas!

Dyett, Passages, Vallas!

Welcome back -- happy almost-Thanksgiving.  Today's news includes reporting from the press event in support of the "new" Dyett, questions about the proposed Passages High School charter (in Edgewater), plus parent training (Parents University) and parents protesting (against inBloom). National news at the bottom.

NEW DYETT

Chicago Education Activists Launch Coalition To Revitalize Bronzeville's Dyett Progress Illinois: The activists say Bronzeville is in dire need of a high-quality high school because nearby Kenwood Academy High School is overcrowded and Wendell Phillips Academy High School, which is an Academy of Urban School Leadership (AUSL) turnaround school, has zero-tolerance policies that "push out many of our students," explained Steven Guy, a Dyett Local School Council member. Additionally, DuSable High School is "unstable" because one of the schools on its campus, the Betty Shabazz International Charter School, is closing.

CPS Decision to Close Dyett High Will 'Gut' Bronzeville, Activists Say DNAI: Brown said he and others met with CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett in March of this year and said she "acknowledged" what they had to say and "has committed and said that she's going to do her best to work with us," as have other members of the Board of Education.

PASSAGES HS

Senn High Principal, Alderman Oppose New Edgewater Charter High School DNAI: Opponents said the charter would be a "distraction" from other schools in the area.

Proposed Passage Charter HS for the north side CPSO: Should the community be opposing any and all charters?  Does it matter when they’re small?  Is this a threat to Senn (and Lake View and Amundsen?)

PARENTS

Parent group mobilizes against student data warehouse Catalyst: The meeting was largely comprised of parents, who expressed alarm about the data portal but also seemed galvanized to fight the idea. “I think InBloom is a great organizing topic,” said Josh Radinksy, parent of a CPS student and a University of Illinois-Chicago faculty member, toward the end of the 90-minute long forum.

'University' Encourages CPS Parents to Stand Up for Students DNAI: About 130 graudates of Stand University for Parents learned skills to help their kids succeed in school.

MISC

The power of preschool done right Hechinger Report:  A few months later, thanks to a referral from a childbirth support program she’d participated in, Exum landed a coveted spot for her son at Educare, an extended-day, year-round preschool that accepts children as young as six weeks and keeps them until kindergarten.

Big sister shares tips on how to survive the loneliness of high school WBEZ:  Jennifer said having her sister away at college was especially hard now because she’s a sophomore this year, and is taking several junior classes. The other students are older than her, so she doesn’t know them. She said the tendency of students to gossip limits what she shares with her friends.

Faith, hopes and charity Tribune: Seven Sundays ago, we launched this quest for a new Plan of Chicago with a sense of urgency and a question mark as tall as Tribune Tower: Would readers and organizations concur that intertwined challenges confront Chicago with the fourth great crisis of...

Sun-Times sues UNO over records Sun Times: The Chicago Sun-Times filed suit Friday against the United Neighborhood Organization and its charter-school network, seeking records the newspaper says fall under Illinois’ open records law that the organizations have refused to release.

Courtenay Gets Level 1 Rating, Despite Merging With Below-Average School DNAI: The CPS said in merger situations, the district is ignoring the scores from the schools that disappeared.

Son of figure in Blagojevich probe wins prestigious Rhodes scholarship Sun Times: Vinay Nayak, a former White House intern who attends Yale University, and Samuel Martin Greene, a University of Chicago student, both earned what is the most prestigious scholarship in the English-speaking world.

Vallas' cure for N. Chicago schools — mass layoffs — riles teachers union Chicago Sun-Times: To avert insolvency in North Chicago Community Unit District 187 by 2015, he recommended closing four schools and laying off 39 percent of the district’s workforce.

Chicago students on their 'Soapbox' WBEZ: High School students across Chicago are getting on their soapbox this weekend for an annual speech competition. Nearly 3,000 teens performed speeches over the last few weeks in the classroom as part of the Mikva Challenge 6th annual Project Soapbox competition.

Drafting a New Plan of Chicago Tribune: How might boarding schools, tuition vouchers, company sponsorships or other force vectors open new options for Chicago Public Schools students? • A King College Prep teacher explains an arguably doable European-style model for creating job readiness skills that lead to apprenticeships.

As Independent School Deadlines Approach, Admissions Director Shares Advice DNAI: Ryan Hannon, Admissions Director at GEMS World Academy and formerly at Francis Parker, shared his advice.

Why my fourth-grade class didn't respond appropriately when we learned JFK had been killed Reader: I can't say I was devastated when I heard that President John F. Kennedy had been shot to death in Dallas. In truth, I was relieved.…
NATIONALMd. test exclusion rate raises questions Washington Post: The state blocked more than half its English language learners and students with learning disabilities from taking the test, students whose scores would have dragged down the results.The state led the nation in excluding students on the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress, posting rates that were five times the national average and more than double the rate of any other state.

Principals lobby de Blasio to protect networks GothamSchools: A group of 120 school leaders say they’re concerned with Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s campaign pledge to restructure the city’s support networks, which manages school operations around professional development, curriculum and budgeting. De Blasio has said he wants some decision-making authority restored to district superintendents, who oversaw support before Mayor Bloomberg won control of the school system.

Judge Acts on LA Voucher Program in Schools NYT:  A federal judge has given state and federal lawyers 60 days to come up with possible modifications to a court order to make sure that the state’s private school voucher program does not lead to segregation of schools.

Texas Education Board Flags Biology Textbook Over Evolution Concerns NYT: The State Board of Education delayed final approval of a widely used biology textbook because of concerns raised by one reviewer that the book presents evolution as fact rather than mere theory.

Education Board Blocks Charter School Expansion Texas Tribune: The 15-member board voted 9 to 6 to veto Great Hearts Academies' application because of concerns about the school's commitment to serving low-income students and teaching Texas curriculum standards.

This Is What America's School Lunches Really Look Like NPR: The days of mystery meat are far from over in the nation's school cafeterias. That's judging by an online project assembling thousands of photos of school lunches submitted by students from across the nation. But it's not all bad news: The images also show that in some cafeterias, change has already arrived.

Dallas Dance requests more information on union grievance BaltSun: Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance said Friday that he has asked for more information from the teachers union after reading the grievance it filed earlier this week.

Rivals Help Level Playing Field For Tornado-Shattered Team NPR: Competition and compassion meet on the field in Springfield, Ill., Saturday, when two central Illinois high school football teams face off for a spot in the state championship. One team is a perennial powerhouse, but the other is from a town that was all but destroyed by a tornado one week ago.

Beyond 3-D Printers’ Magic, Possible Legal Wrangling NYT: In a new paper, two law professors warn that the rise of three-dimensional printing could set off lawsuits like those seen over music file-sharing.

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