Pensions, Shooting, Swanson

Pensions, Shooting, Swanson

Today's education news: A big pension vote in Springfield, a Safe Passages shooting, a charter conference, and a new Northwestern program for CPS students.  Also in comments, WTF is going on with the ISAT testing schedule, Beth Swanson makes 40 Under 40, remembering Our Lady, and national news showing new international comparisons (PISA) with nations like Vietnam and Poland surging forward.PENSIONS

Legislature poised to act on ‘historic’ pension vote WBEZ: Illinois lawmakers are poised to vote Tuesday on a pension reform proposal that’s been developing for about three years. It comes after the leaders of the state Democratic and Republican parties in the legislature said last week they had reached a long-awaited agreement on how to structure the state pension funds for the next 30 years.

Labor Pushes Pension Emergency Days As Lawmakers Head Back To Springfield Progress IL:  The We Are One coalition of labor unions and supporter organizations are pushing their declared pension emergency days, set for Monday and Tuesday, as lawmakers are expected to return to Springfield Tuesday to vote on a controversial pension proposal.

SAFETY

Boy, 16, Shot Along Safe Passage Route On South Side CBS2: A teenage boy was hurt in a shooting along a Chicago Public Schools Safe Passage Route in the Woodlawn neighborhood Monday afternoon. The boy, 16, was shot in the arm about 2:30 p.m. in the 6200 block of South Cottage Grove

CHARTERS/NEIGHBORHOODS

CPS Parents Host Fair To Promote, Support Neighborhood Schools Progress IL: More than 59 schools participated in the fair, which took place at Clemente Community Academy High School on Western Avenue. In addition to a packed room of informational tables about the various schools, the fair also featured activities to keep children occupied, including facepainting. The event also offered workshops on school councils and a discussion on privatization.

Charter conference: Money, advocacy top issues Catalyst: Equal funding and more vocal grassroots advocacy was the focus of Monday's kick-off of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools annual conference.

MISC

Northwestern to start program for CPS students Tribune: Five years ago, Northwestern University's freshman class included just 28 graduates from Chicago Public Schools. This fall, 75 of the 2,000 freshmen came from the city's high schools, but Northwestern President Morton Schapiro says that's not enough.

Northwestern, CPS Team Up To Provide High-Level Academics For Students CBS: Northwestern University is announcing a new program aimed at getting more graduates of the Chicago Public Schools into the Evanston campus. The university plans to target up to 200 Chicago Public School students.

UChicago alums, affiliates named 40 Under 40 The Chicago Maroon: UChicago is represented in several fields. In politics, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Deputy Chief of Staff for Education, Beth Swanson (M.P.P. '02), has been a major player in the city's negotiations with the Chicago Teachers Union.

Remembering Our Lady Of The Angels, 55 Years Later Chicagoist: Sunday was the 55th anniversary of the Our Lady of the Angels Catholic school fire that claimed the lives of 92 students and three nuns.

NATIONAL

PISA Test Results For U.S. Students Are 'Sobering' NPR: International standardized test scores have been released. The test is given to students around the world every three years. It measures their knowledge of reading, mathematics and science literacy. U.S. students usually turn in mediocre performances, and this year's scores were no different.

U.S. 15-Year-Olds Slip in Rankings on International Exams WSJ: U.S. 15-year-olds made no progress on recent international achievement exams and fell further in the rankings, reviving a debate about America's ability to compete in a global economy.

U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise HuffPost: Poland, Germany and Ireland showed tremendous growth, and Vietnam, which administered the exam for the first time in 2012, wound up among the top-performing countries, eclipsing the U.S. in math and science. Results like these herald Sputnik moment-type fears, leading some officials to believe the U.S. is losing its competitive edge.

US students still only average on tests USA Today: American high school students still post only average scores on a key skills test administered to kids in 65 countries across the industrialized world.

Fla. students score below international peers in math, science AP: Fla. students score below international peers in math, science in global test.

American Schools vs. the World: Expensive, Unequal, Bad at Math The Atlantic: More than half a million 15-year-olds around the world took the Programme for International Student Assessment in 2012. The test, which is administered every three years and focuses largely on math, but includes minor sections in science and reading, is often used as a snapshot of the global state of education. The results, published today, show the U.S. trailing behind educational powerhouses like Korea and Finland.

American 15-Year-Olds Lag, Mainly in Math, on International Standardized Tests NYT: Students in the United States scored in the middle of the developed world in reading and science, but lower in math, according to results released on Tuesday.

U.S. students score below average in world reading, math and science tests PBS: According to the latest Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey, American students scored slightly below average on the reading, math and science tests taken last year by 500,000 15-year-olds around the globe.

U.S. students lag around average on international science, math and reading test Washington Post: Scores in math, reading and science posted by 15-year-olds in the United States were flat while their counterparts elsewhere — particularly in Shanghai, Singapore and other Asian provinces or countries — soared ahead, according to results of a well-regarded international exam released Tuesday.

NATIONAL MISCELLANEOUS

Seeing the Toll, Schools Revisit Zero Tolerance NYT: The change comes as evidence mounts that get-tough policies in schools are leading to arrest records, low academic achievement and high dropout rates that especially affect minority students.

Parents Of Sleep-Deprived Teens Push For Later School Start Times WNYC: There have been years of debate on this issue. Sleep scientists argue that early high school start times conflict with teens' shifting circadian rhythms. Beginning in puberty, "adolescents are programmed to fall asleep later," says Dr. Judith Owens, who directs the Sleep Medicine Clinic at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. And she says many teenagers can't fall asleep before 11 p.m.

S.F. scrambles for subs as teachers skip school SF Gate: More than 600 San Francisco teachers and classroom aides skipped school Tuesday to extend their Thanksgiving holiday, leaving district officials scrambling to find enough qualified adults to watch over students.

A Social Entrepreneur Tries To Curb Public Schools' 'Summer Slide' Forbes: For many many school-age kids in lower-income families, summer vacation is a time for forgetting–that is, they proceed to lose two to three months worth of learning. Come the fall, they need to spend a few months just getting back what they forgot.

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