Today's coverage focuses on protests against possible charter expansion (again), which makes me wonder (again) whether local news outlets will ever go into some of the overcrowded and/or under-performing schools like Prosser in areas that might get charters and tell us a little about why parents might want to pick another option for their children.
There's also presumably good news that ISBE backed off removing limits on special ed class sizes, and a long story from Hechinger Report about the struggles some schools and teachers have had with budget cuts and longer school days without additional resources.
Reading the Hechinger story, you'd think that there were no schools making good use of the extra time, or that the extra time was somehow tainted or unproductive across the board.
As with charter protests, the coverage of the pushback against the changes has eclipsed the coverage of what the situation was like before and the possible and real good that is presumably coming from the changes in many if not most places.
Elsewhere, Cuomo and de Blasio disagree about how to pay for universal preschool in New York, and New York Times columnist Tom Friedman thinks Arne Duncan should be President (sort of).
Protests planned as Chicago's school board considers adding more charter schools WBEZ: Charter school opponents are gearing up for multiple protests—including an overnight vigil Tuesday sponsored by the Chicago Teachers Union—as Chicago’s school board considers adding more charter schools to its portfolio.
Charter Opponents Rally Support Ahead of Board of Education Vote DNA Info: Chicago Public Schools was set to vote on 17 proposed new charters.
CTU, parents sleep outside CPS HQ to protest charter schools CLTV: Several protesters are taking on the cold in order to fight against more charter schools in Chicago. Teachers’ union members and parents slept outside CPS headquarters in the Loop. They stayed in the zero degree weather before they could go to a school board meeting this morning.
Editorial: CPS needs more high-quality charter schools Tribune: There is a huge need for charters in many areas, where students are packed in overcrowded classrooms, in poorly performing schools.
Bring on more charter schools Tribune (oped): Public education is at a crossroads in Chicago. The Chicago Board of Education will vote Wednesday on proposals to establish as many as 17 new charter school campuses.
CLASS SIZES / BUDGET CUTS
State Board Of Ed Abandons Plan To Increase Special Ed Class Sizes Progress IL: “The rule process is such that these proposed rules will expire and at this point in time, we don’t expect to move forward with an entire set of new rules but will try to work on giving districts flexibility so that all students can have access to the most rigorous classes,” an ISBE spokesperson told the Chicago Sun-Times.
A longer school day in Chicago, but with what missing? Hechinger Report: Today, the country’s third-largest school system is still giving its 400,000 students more time to learn, but it is no longer giving more money. In fact, it is operating with fewer teachers and support staff than it was before the longer day began.
Gov. Proposes One Way to Fund Pre-K, Mayor Sticks to Another WNYC: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget includes $1.5 billion for expanding pre-kindergarten programs statewide over five years. While that's an increase over previous budgets, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that's not enough to avoid a tax increase on New York City's wealthiest residents, ensuring further tension between the two leaders.
Cuomo's Education Vision, In Dollars WNYC: Some groups are happy; others are questioning exactly how far these dollar amounts will stretch. Here's a breakdown of some education highlights from the governor's proposal, starting with the immediate future -- the next fiscal year.
Obama's Homework Assignment NYT (Friedman): President Obama: will deliver his State of the Union address on Jan. 28, but, for my money, his secretary of education, Arne Duncan, already gave it.
At 50, Michelle Obama uses life story to promote education initiative Chicago Tribune: When she was in high school and eyeing Princeton University as a college destination, MichelleObama said, counselors warned her she was too ambitious. "They told me I was never going to get into a school like Princeton,"
Immense Unease Over Advertisers Nabbing Student Data: Poll HuffPost: Ninety-five percent of school districts in the U.S. rely on cloud computing, storing data on remote servers connected to the Internet, according to recent report from the Fordham University School of Law.
Elementary Math Instruction Gets a Makeover KQED: Memorizing math in elementary school is no longer going to be enough to get a good grade. New standards called Common Core require kids prove they understand math concepts and strategies -- and that means the way math is taught will have to change as well.
One Killed, Suspect In Custody In Purdue University Shooting NPR: Police have declared the campus of Purdue University safe, hours after a shooting in a school building alarmed students and sparked a partial evacuation order Tuesday afternoon.
In Washington area, school days to be added to academic calendar after snow closings WashPost: In Virginia, Maryland and the District, students are required to attend school for 180 days each year, and school districts must add days to the academic calendar in the event that inclement weather cancels classes. Although most school systems build in buffers, schools in Fairfax County and the District, for example, already are adding days to the school calendar one month into winter.
D.C. teachers union files grievance with school system over erroneous evaluations Washington Post: The Washington Teachers’ Union has filed a class-action grievance with D.C. Public Schools in the wake of therecent disclosure that 44 teachers received erroneous performance ratings last year, including one who was wrongly fired as a result.
School without Regents exams says mayor should spread its model ChalkbeatNY: The consortium is a longstanding coalition of 28 high schools (all but two are in the city) with state waivers that allow their students to complete intensive projects rather than take the Regents exams (except for English, which they still must pass).
With 3 seats likely open, Minneapolis School Board could see shift in dynamics MinnPost: The announcement over the weekend that Alberto Monserrate will not seek re-election brings to three the likely number of this Minneapolis School Board races with no incumbent. Suddenly, the balance of power on the sharply divided nine-member body is anybody’s guess.