Today's education news is mostly about proposed efforts to scrap the state charter school commission supported by former commission supporter Kimberly Lightford. Meanwhile, the Sun Times takes a look inside Noble Street charters, and states nationally are expanding preschool, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman's high school teacher talks about what he was like as a student.
Editorial: Charter school wars Tribune: Efforts to kill or straitjacket the commission are off base. There should be a second path to charter school authorization so students aren't denied options for a good education because local officials are protecting the status quo. The commission can provide that path. It should be wary, though, of using its power to trump the decisions of educators who share its mission of promoting school choice.
Seeking to ax state charter commission Catalyst: Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora, who chairs the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee) and Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Westchester, vice chair of the Senate Education Committee) have filed bills to abolish the State Charter School Commission, which has the authority to overturn locally elected school boards' decisions denying charter school applications. (State School News Service)
Inside Bruce Rauner's charter schools Sun Times: Though Noble teachers make less than those at CPS, Milkie makes nearly as much as Chicago schools chief executive Barbara Byrd-Bennett, who is paid $250,000.
Hinsdale Middle School reopens after closed 2 weeks for mold CLTV: The entire school was shut down last month for a good scrubbing, after a water pipe rupture revealed mold in the walls.
Preschool Push Moving Ahead in Many States NYT: States and cities across the country are forging ahead on their own with proposals aimed at expanding early education programs.
A new entitlement? The right to preschool AP: Republican governors and lawmakers who now control a majority of state capitols have been pushing aggressively to cut spending and shrink government - with one glaring exception....
Aggressive public relations campaign amplifies courtroom battle against teacher work rules - by Louis Freedberg EdSource Today: California Teachers Association President Dean Vogel says his organization, representing more than 300,000 teachers, has no intention of trying to counteract what he described as a campaign funded by the bottomless pockets of the “billionaires boys club.”
South Carolina Lawmakers Consider Parent-Trigger Bill for School Districts EdWeeK: Frustrated South Carolina parents hope a proposed state law will give them the power to ask state officials to oust their local school superintendent. Also: Campaign Prompts Leadership Change *Without* Parent-Trigger Law.
Study: Shy Kids Know the Answer—They Just Won't Say It Out Loud Atlantic Education: After examining 408 same-sex twin pairs at the ages of 14, 20, and 24 months, the researchers found that inhibited kids didn't actually know less—they were simply less eager to express their knowledge out loud. The researchers call this the "I know it but won't say it" model.
The High Cost Of Testing For College NPR: You think college is expensive? How about the cost of SAT and AP tests? Ben Tonelli, a senior at Garfield High School in Seattle, wrote an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal complaining about the costs. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Tonelli about the sticker shock.
Many NYC Students Take Another Snow Day WNYC: Fewer New York City public schools students went to class on Monday than normal, but attendance was still higher than other days this year when weather affected attendance.
Philip Seymour Hoffman's High School English Teacher Pays Tribute To The 'Extraordinary' Actor HuffPost EDU: In an interview with WHEC, Baynes recalls Hoffman's performance in a school production of "Death of a Salesman," saying, "It was clear to everyone at that point that Phil was an extraordinary and gifted talent." Hoffman played the lead role of Willy Loman before an audience of his high school peers.
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