Good morning! CPS reconsidered the idea of sending kids and teachers to school today and decided to cancel classes. Was it the right call, or should it have happened differently? What do you think they should do tomorrow? Plus other news and national headlines.
Chicago reverses course, cancels school on Monday AP: Chicago Public School officials say they're cancelling classes ahead of Monday's bitter cold temperatures, after first saying they would be open....
CPS to Close Schools Monday DNA Info: “The safety and well-being of our students is paramount,” CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said.
Schools closed in Chicago, across suburbs because of cold Tribune: Jeff Miller considers himself one of the lucky ones. The Highland Park resident, who works for Zion Elementary School District 6, and his wife get to stay home from work Monday because of subzero temperatures and care for their first-grade daughter,...
CPS Report: Teacher Given $1.253 Million Expense Check Instead of $1,253 DNAI: The CPS report also includes a school tech creating fake vendors and a principal with "ghost" students.
Former CPS high school employee accused of embezzlement Tribune: A technology coordinator at a North Side high school embezzled nearly $420,000 from Chicago Public Schools in an elaborate, decadelong fraudulent billing scheme, according to an investigation highlighted in the district inspector general's annual report....
CPS report highlights stolen funds, fake vendors, ‘ghost students’ Tribune: A Chicago Public Schools technology coordinator stole more than $400,000 in school funds before fleeing to Mexico, where he was later found dead, according to a just-released Chicago Board of Education Office of the Inspector General annual report.
Problem Solver: School transcript snag holds up dream job Tribune: It wasn't by choice that Dan DeWitt took a job outside St. Louis, roughly 300 miles from his home. The Orland Park resident's old employer went bankrupt five years ago, leaving him with mounting bills and the threat of his lender foreclosing on his...
School's beloved orchestra survives closing, but future budget cuts loom WBEZ: Just before the holiday break, Weible stood on the stage in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the Chopin Elementary auditorium.
State agency overrules CPS for charter funding WBEZ: The Des Plaines-based organization operates 30 publicly financed privately-run schools in the Midwest, a majority of them in Ohio. The two new schools will be located in the McKinley Park and Austin neighborhoods. They are getting 33 percent more funding per student than the city school system gives other charters.
Minority students make up new majority in Illinois public schools Tribune: New enrollment numbers show that lllinois' public school system for the first time does not have a white majority, with Latino, black, Asian and other racial groups combined eclipsing white students across the state's classrooms.
After Radical Change, R.I. School Shows Signs Of Improvement NPR: In 2010, Central Falls made headlines for firing every high school teacher. The firings were part of a federal program promising big changes at the nation's worst schools. Four years later, there are signs the program is helping, but there are also questions about whether the improvement will last.
L.A. Unified finally hiring teachers again LA Times: After an extended period of layoffs and hiring freezes, the Los Angeles Unified School District has resumed bringing on new teachers, while also being more selective about their quality than in the past.
Report gives local Teach for America educators high marks in math Baltimore Sun: Study finds that teachers in the alternative certification program are as effective at teaching math as their peers
GED Gets A Makeover To Keep Pace With Changing Workforce NPR: The GED test is getting an overhaul. The exam has historically served adults who have fallen through the cracks of the educational system. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Anthony Carnevale, director of the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, about the impact of the new GED exams.
NYC Schools Chancellor Pick Carmen Fariña Leaves More Questions Than Answers HuffPost: Farina only has two days between her appointment and the first day of her job. The quick turnaround means advocates and experts throughout the country are left to wonder whether -- and how soon -- the mayor and his new schools chief will be able to deliver on their progressive promises when tasked with the management of the city's largest agency.
The Online Education Revolution Drifts Off Course WNYC: One year ago, many were pointing to the growth of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, as the most important trend in higher education. Many saw the rapid expansion of MOOCs as a higher education revolution that would help address two long-vexing problems: access for underserved students and cost.
School Experiment That Burned Boy Was Focus of Federal Warning NYT: A video produced by a safety agency warned of the dangers of a chemistry experiment that went awry at a Manhattan school this week.