Today's news includes some coverage of the 100-person CTU protest on behalf of teachers who refused to administer the ISAT, as well as eye-popping student poverty and homelessness figures. Nationally, the charter co-location wars continue in NYC, and the USDE is going to let California waive the Common Core field tests, and Johns Hopkins University (in Maryland) has been named a top ed school.
Voice of the People, Mar. 11 Chicago Tribune: We call on Mayor Rahm Emanuel, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the Chicago Board of Education and ISBE to respect parents' rights to direct our children's education, to treat students who opt out respectfully and ethically, and, most important, to change
Protesters: Don’t punish teachers who didn’t administer ISAT Sun Times: A group of about 100 people rallied Monday in the Bridgeport neighborhood to call on Chicago Public Schools officials not to retaliate against a group of teachers who refused to administer a state mandated test to students. CPS had threatened the boycotting teachers with disciplinary measures including decertification if they did not administer the multi-day Illinois State Achievement Test, which began last week.
Chicago Teachers, Education Activists To CPS: “Stop Bullying Parents And Students” Over ISAT Opt-Out Progress Illinois: Toting signs reading “More teaching, less testing” and “Stop bullying parents and students”, the group urged district officials to not retaliate against any parents, students or teachers who have decided to opt out of the ISAT, which began last week and runs through Friday. The protest was held outside the Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) Network 7 office, which is in charge of schools in Pilsen and Little Village.
Homeless students lack services Catalyst: With the number of homeless children in Illinois on the rise, many school districts across the state admit that they aren’t providing students all of the educational services they need. Since 2009, the number of homeless students has doubled in size statewide to nearly 55,000. In Chicago, the number has risen sharply to 18,854 from 12,512.
Child Poverty Is Rising Quickly in the Chicago Suburbs Chicago Mag: The increase in child poverty in the suburbs around Cook County accounted for almost half the statewide increase in the 2000s.
Numbers that Count: Catalyst: Schools, social service agencies, government agencies and other outside institutions can "get on the same page" to help children succeed in school by focusing on tracking key indicators that lead to higher achievement such as attendance and grades. Speakers at this year's first Chicago School Policy Forum on Feb. 20 talked about numbers that count: Elaine Allensworth of the Consortium on Chicago School Research talked about the consortium's ground-breaking work developing the 'freshman on-track indicator"; Beshon Smith of Baltimore City Schools explained how the district and outside partners honed in on improving attendance; and Colleen Cichetti of Children's Hospital discussed suspensions and how to improve discipline with social-emotional learning.
California gets waiver for Common Core field tests without penalties EdSource Today: California will not face penalties or multimillion-dollar fines from the federal government for giving all students a preliminary test on the new Common Core standards, instead of on the old state standards that California has abandoned.
Teach for America tests out more training WPost: Teach for America, which places thousands of freshly minted college graduates in teaching jobs in some of the toughest schools in the country, is rethinking its training program in light of complaints from its own members that they need more preparation for the classroom.
Shaking Up the Classroom Wall Street Journal: Instead, in the “Content Level 7″ room at Washington Elementary, 10 students, ages 11 to 14, gather around teacher Nelly Lopez for help in writing essays. Eight sit at computers, plowing through a lesson on sentence structure, while a dozen advanced ...
AFT Says It Will No Longer Accept Gates Funding TeacherBeat: AFT will no longer take money from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the union says.
Dispute erupts over school reform in Newark, NJ AP: More than three years after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg committed $100 million toward remaking Newark's struggling schools, the district is engulfed in a dispute over proposed large-scale teacher layoffs that's threatening to derail wider reform efforts....
Hopkins School of Education gets No. 1 ranking BaltSun: U.S. News and World Report ranked the Johns Hopkins University's School of Education No. 1 in the nation for graduate education programs, above two state programs better known as teaching schools: University of Maryland, College Park at No. 26 and Towson University at No. 116.
New interactive technology turns classrooms into time machines MinnPost: Accompanying curriculum for use before and after the video session includes stories of corps members drawn from the Historical Society’s vast collections. Students learn how much the young men who worked on the project were paid, how much they were expected to send home to their destitute families and how little people had to eat.