What To Do With Pope Building?

What To Do With Pope Building?

Today's education news includes possible charter placements in closed CPS school buildings (North Lawndale's Pope) more on teacher pensions, and another blog post about Toni Preckwinkle's possible run against Rahm. Elsewhere: A mom takes the SAT. Oregon tries to hold onto its NCLB waiver. DC schools try to get students to apply to college.

Charters' desire for closed schools will be a difficult sell for CPS and city Chicago Tribune: The growing charter movement is one logical use for the 43 recently vacated CPS school buildings, but the district promised during the painful process of closing schools last year that it would not allow privately run charters into the buildings. CPS said it had nothing to do with Legacy's proposal.

Teachers need to monitor pension Chicago Tribune: However, I believe dues from those same pensioners went to elect all of our previous mayors. Perhaps the Chicago Teachers Union should have asked those mayors how their pension funds were doing before asking for other benefits and raises over the...

Someone has to....but Preckwinkle? Breitbart (via SCC):  Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel may face a formidable challenger when he runs for re-election in 2015: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Though Preckwinkle says she will seek a second term on the county board in November, there is a precedent for a quick switch to the mayoral election in February: then-U.S. Rep. Harold Washington, Chicago's first black mayor, did in in the historic 1983 election, against all political odds.

City Year Chicago Celebrates Success Michigan Avenue Magazine: An estimated 1 million high school students drop out every year in the US. In the Chicago schoolsCity Year serves, the dropout rate is 35 percent, but jumps to a whopping 50 percent among African-American males.

NATIONAL

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee seeks to keep waiver from No Child Left Behind law The Oregonian: Jay Inslee says he had a productive meeting with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Sunday to discuss options to preserve the state's waiver from provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Public schools recruiting international high schoolers USA Today: Newcomb is one of a number of school districts -- both public and private -- quietly taking advantage of a growing interest in an American education by cash-ready international students. Federal statistics show that the number of international high schoolers arriving in the USA on F-1 visas has jumped from about 6,500 in 2007 to 65,000 in 2012.

Skip school and lose welfare? The good and bad of Australia’s tough tactics on truancy Hechinger Report: What if the punishment for skipping school was a loss in welfare benefits for your family? It’s a strategy that some politicians are considering in the U.S. – plans have been floated in Missouri and put into action in Michigan last year. But in Australia, they’ve already tried it, and the experience is a cautionary tale.

When Grownups Take the SAT The New Yorker: Since Kaplan set up shop, test-prep tutoring has come out of the basement. It’s now a billion-dollar industry whose primary product is heartache: college admission is, after all, a zero-sum game.

Minimum drinking age of 21 'saves lives' AJAM: After the drinking age was increased in the U.S. from 18 to 21 in 1988, there were 5 to 9 percent less deaths among drivers ages 18-20, according to one study cited in DeJong’s report.

OTHER CITIES

As High Schoolers Wait For College Notices, D.C. Fights To Get Students To Apply WAMU: Thousands of high school seniors across our region are waiting to hear if they've gotten into the colleges of their choice, but in the District, D.C. public schools are making a big push to get students — especially those from low-income backgrounds — ready for higher education.

After years of talk, MPS takes decisive action on the achievement gap MinnPost: When the announcement was made at the Minneapolis School Board’s February meeting that an office was being created to focus specifically on the welfare of black boys there was polite applause and a palpable wave of Minnesota Nice discomfort.

Many L.A. Unified school libraries, lacking staff, are forced to shut LA TImes: Budget cuts leave about half of L.A. Unified's elementary and middle schools without librarians, and thousands of students without books.

In Manhattan, Children of Ukrainians Connect to Revolution NYT: Streaming video and social media fostered a sense of involvement in the recent political upheaval.

 

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