Charters, Rauner, Field Tests

Charters, Rauner, Field Tests

Happy Friday! Today's education news includes tidbits about charters, unions, and City Hall -- Catalyst and the Sun Times both have stories -- plus a look ahead at the field testing of new annual tests that's going to take place in the not too distant future. There are also some comments about SPED shortages from yesterday, and national and local news from elsewhere around the country.  Did I miss anything? Let me know.

POLITICS

Despite labor criticism, Emanuel and Quinn collect union cash Sun Times: While local public service unions are harsh critics of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn, the Democrats are picking up megachecks from other labor organizations, most associated with the building trades.

Council Shelves Attempt to Halt Charter School Approvals DNA Info: The City Council used an old trick to derail a demand to halt a Board of Education vote on charters.

Rauner's Daughter Doesn't Want Him To Run For Governor Chicagoist: Speaking at a candidate forum hosted by ABC 7 and the Daily Herald, Bruce Rauner said his youngest daughter told him "daddy don’t run for governor, I don’t want you to go to jail." He's a venture capitalist; they only get probation.

SAFETY

Mom of teen killed after basketball game sues Chicago State, CPS Sun Times: The mother of Tyrone Lawson, 17, who was fatally shot last year outside Chicago State University after a basketball game, is suing the school, its police chief and the Chicago Board of Education and Chicago Public schools, claiming they could have prevented her son’s death.

Family of teen killed after basketball game sues Chicago State, CPS Tribune: ... who was fatally shot after a basketball game at Chicago State University a year ago is suingChicago Public Schools and Chicago State University...

CHARTERS

Concept Charter plans tied to mega-church Catalyst: Support for the Concept Charter School plan is intertwined with support for the mega-church and connected development. If the charter school is approved, it could raise questions about whether there are political motivations.

Landlords for 2 proposed Chicago charter schools have ties to Mayor Sun Times: Emanuel spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton said, “The mayor has confidence that [schools CEO]Barbara Byrd-Bennett and the board share a sole priority when it comes to our schools."

MISC

You Must Read The Dissolve's Oral History Of 'Hoop Dreams' Chicagoist: Hoop Dreams remains a high-water mark in American documentary filmmaking and it makes us feel old knowing it celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

U. of C. announces $10 million program to help low-income students Tribune: ... which will work with promising students in Chicago Public Schools' neighborhood schools to prepare them for Northwestern or another top college.

Testing times for Illinois students Tribune: Tens of thousands of students will spend more time on testing this spring, as Illinois launches an unprecedented "field test" of new state exams in more than 2,000 schools — about half the schools in the state.

NATIONAL

Success for All Again Scores Big, And Loses, in i3 Contest Politics K12: For two years in a row, Baltimore-based school turnaround organization Success for All has earned the top score in the scale-up category of the federal Investing in Innovation contest, only to be passed over, U.S. Department of Education records confirm.

In Age of School Shootings, Lockdown Drills Are the New Duck-and-Cover NYT: At the whiff of a threat, a generation growing up in the shadow of Columbine and Sandy Hook is trained to snap off the lights, lock the doors and take refuge in corners and closets.

OTHER PLACES

New York Wants To Give Special Education Kids Easier Tests Like 'The Old South,' Advocate Says Huffington Post: Should students with disabilities be held to the same academic standards and tests as other kids their age? That decades-old question is being revived by a debate in New York. Some advocates charge that a proposed tweak to the state's No Child Left Behind update may shortchange vulnerable students -- and, if approved, could spread to other states.

De Blasio, a Critic of Charter Schools, May Need Them for His Pre-K Agenda NYT: Mayor de Blasio is looking for classroom space and qualified teachers to accommodate 50,000 prekindergartners. Charter schools are willing, but not allowed to provide prekindergarten.

Arizona Hopes New Charter Schools Can Lift Poor Phoenix Area NYT: A movement in Phoenix to open 25 high-performing schools in the next five years is focused on test scores in the growing Latino population

Most D.C. residents give public schools low ratings in poll Washington Post: The share of District residents who think that the city’s public schools are performing well has more than doubled since the mid-1990s, but most continue to give low ratings to the schools.

Teachers union set to demand salary hike of 17.6 percent LA School Report: The UTLA House of Representatives last night voted to demand a significant salary hike for teachers — an increase of nearly 20 percent.

WHITE HOUSE COLLEGE ENROLLMENT SUMMIT

Real-world trends clash with promises made at White House summit Hechinger Report: A White House push to increase the college-going rates of of low-income students flies in the face of real-world trends that are heading in exactly the opposite direction—including institutional and federal financial-aid and tax policy that has been shifting in favor of high-income and not low-income families.

White House Makes College For Low-Income Students A Priority NPR: President Obama met on Thursday with over 140 college presidents from across the nation to discuss ways of helping lower-income students enroll in college. Tuition costs, student-loan debt and admissions policies were on the agenda.

Community college chief touts access for low-income students at D.C. summit EdSource Today: California Community College Chancellor Brice Harris pledged before the president, first lady and the nation on Thursday to press forward with policies aimed at opening the doors to college for more students, especially low-income students, and boosting their graduation and transfer rates to four-year colleges.

Goodwill tries tailoring education to meet needs of adult dropout students PBS NewsHour:Now the importance of improving access to college for lower-income students. That was the subject of a White House summit today that attracted more than 100 colleges and universities. Research has shown high-achieving students from poorer families graduate from college at roughly the same levels as lower-achieving kids in that same economic bracket. Today, the first lady said she understood from personal experience that too many students might not reach for top colleges.

Court Weighs How Much School Funding Is Enough AP via HuffPost: Four school districts and the parents of more than 30 children are suing the state, claiming Kansas has fallen far short of constitutional guarantees for adequately funding its schools. That has set up a momentous state Supreme Court decision, due any day, on whether funding must be increased. All states have language in their constitutions providing for public schools. But Kansas' courts have been strong and specific in the past in spelling out how the state must carry out that responsibility.

 

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