Seems like a slow news day, but here's what I've got so far: a 60-school neighborhood school fair tomorrow, a proposal to remove the state charter commission by an Aurora legislator, some CPS mural restoration, an update on "welcoming" schools (DePriest). Oh, and Bridgeport is worried that Vallas won't be paying attention to the district now that he's Quinn's running mate. Plus national news.
Chicago parents organize fair to promote neighborhood schools WBEZ: Saturday, more than 60 neighborhood elementary and high schools from across the city will showcase everything from beekeeping clubs to culinary programs at the fair, which will be held at Roberto Clemente Community Academy.
Board has concerns about Vallas' exit Connecticut Post: Departing Schools Superintendent Paul Vallas told the Board of Education on Tuesday night that his focus would be on the district, and not on running for lieutenant governor of Illinois, during the remainder of his tenure here.
Some Common-Core Opponents Mark Nov. 18 as Stay-Away-From-School Day EdWeek: Nov. 18 has been identified by some common-core opponents as an "opt out" day, while an Illinois senator has proposed delaying the standards in his state.
Proposed State Legislation Looks To Abolish Illinois Charter School Commission Progress IL: State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora) wants to take away the Illinois State Charter School Commission’s power to overrule local school boards if they reject proposals from charter firms trying to set up new schools in their districts.
Do TIFs Create More Jobs? New Study: “No” Chicagomag: ... to City Hall, as city council's progressive caucus tried to get a bill that would return surplus TIF funds to Chicago Public Schools out of the rules committee.
The Story Of One Welcoming School: A Work In Progress CBS Local: The school received about 124 students from the now-shuttered Emmet Elementary alone. In all, DePriest received about 200 new students this school year, bringing the student body up to about 730 kids, from 530.
CPS restores historic murals removed from closed schools ABC7Chicago: Some Chicago Public Schools students got a look at the extensive work that's being done to restore murals that have ...
A Chicago Public Schools student learns meaning of friendship ChicagoNow: There I am, sitting in the principal's office. The place I never thought I'd see myself in. As I sit there, I think to myself that it is just a dream and that my alarm should
Chicago Public Schools Eat What You Grow program to go national Medill Reports: A food-safety training manual piloted in Chicago Public Schools will serve as a national model for schools seeking to grow produce for their school cafeterias.
Study: More than race or poverty, social networks predict victims of fatal shootings in Chicago Sun Times: Race and poverty are not as important as a person’s social network in predicting whether he or she will become a victim of a fatal shooting in Chicago, Yale University sociologists found in a study released Thursday.
Ray Elementary Barely Avoids Drop To 'Low Performance' Ranking DNAI: Ray's principal said CPS could intervene if attendance doesn't rise to 97 percent from 95 percent.
Five Takeaways from the Education Department's NCLB Waiver About-Face PoliticsK12: Whatever this 50-state strategy is that the department is touting to address teacher distribution, it should probably have some serious teeth in it given how upset civil rights groups are over this change of heart.
Sandy Hook parents' group hopes for gun dialogue USA Today: A group representing some of the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School victims is hoping to persuade a half-million people to sign on to a campaign aimed at uniting parents across the USA "despite all our differences, in our shared love for our children." The campaign, called Parent Together, aims to inspire "honest and open dialogue about solutions to gun violence," the group says.
E-cigarettes gain attention in schools amid rise in popularity Washington Post: The smoke was actually vapor, but for Casey B. Crouse, principal at the Silver Spring school, the episode was the first signal of what she would learn is a troubling teen trend nationally: An increasing number of students using electronic devices that simulate tobacco smoking.
Book: Private schools not as effective as some advocates suggest UofIllinois: Private and charter schools may not be as educationally effective as policymakers and school-choice advocates are leading Americans to believe, according to research by education professors Christopher and Sarah Lubienski. Their studies are explored in a new book, “The Public School Advantage: Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools.”
Teacher to plead no contest in lewd 'tasting game' AP: A former Los Angeles elementary school teacher has agreed to plead no contest to molestation charges involving more than 20 students....
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