Guzzardi won. So did Rauner. Travis lost. Rodrigo Sierra (former CPS Board member) is running for LSC at Blaine and InterAmerican. Rahm swears at everyone. CPS is launching a new STEM program (at your school?). Chicago Mag names 12 best neighborhoods for diversity and schools (among other things). Plus national news, and other cities. Plus comments, and twitter (@district299).
Will Guzzardi beats back machine-backed Toni Berrios in 39th Illinois House race Examiner.com: The remark was a bow to the Chicago Teachers Union and President Karen Lewis. The CTU donated $11,000 to Guzzardi and the victory will send a strong message to those that voted against the interests of organized labor.
Breaking: Christian Mitchell ekes out 26th District win against Jay Travis Hyde Park Herald: She hugged Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, who was sitting at a table in the front of the room, and then went on to greet others. Mitchell won with 52.62 percent of the vote, or 4,790 votes to Travis' 4,313 votes – a 477-vote margin.
At a school that led protests, some interesting candidates for local school council WBEZ: Rodrigo Sierra was handpicked by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2011 to serve on the city’s school board. He stayed until the end of 2012, when Emanuel asked him to become a commissioner for the Chicago Housing Authority.
Also: Carol Felsenthal reports that Karen Lewis isn't the only person MRE has cussed out. Perhaps it's a term of endearment in the Emanual household.
CPS to begin computer science curriculum pilot Catalyst: Chicago Public Schools announced Tuesday that 46 schools will pilot the district’s new computer science curriculum beginning next fall, the most comprehensive K-12 computer science education program of any major school district in the country.
STEM in CPS (Guest post by Caroline Pollock Bilicki) CPS Obsessed: What is the district really trying to achieve by introducing a curriculum that is heavy on science, technology, engineering, and math? Is it trying to get ahead of a projected shortage of qualified candidates in those fields? Does it reflect a need at U.S. colleges and universities to matriculate students who are able to work at advanced levels of math and science, at a rigor that would make them able to “compete” with their global counterparts?
16-year-old girl shot in Pilsen Sun Times: The girl suffered a gunshot wound in the upper chest and shoulder about 4 p.m. while she was walking on the sidewalk in the 1700 block of West 18th Street, police said.
Ames Middle School Referendum Question on Ballot DNA Info: Residents near the school can vote on a nonbinding referendum about the school's future. Charter-school fans may get big win and loss on same day Crain's Chicago Business: CTU President Karen Lewis is a strong believer that charters divert money from regular schools where her members work, and I wouldn't look for that to change.
Colleges mine data on prospective students Tribune: To woo prospective students, many schools are increasingly gathering multiple streams of online information to hone the most personalized pitch. Institutions are turning to "big data" companies such as Hobsons, Oracle and Ellucian to be their Match.com. The trove of data allows recruiters to mine social media interactions, Internet habits and the socioeconomic standing of a student's parents, experts say.
Chicago’s Best Places to Live Chicago Mag: A guide to the 12 city neighborhoods and 12 suburbs that rank the highest for overall livability—based on solid real estate values, diversity, safety, and access to transportation and quality education.
Leggings stir controversy at Evanston school Chicago Tribune: An Evanston middle school principal sent a letter home to parents Tuesday seeking to calm controversy over a dress code that appears to ban girls from wearing leggings in certain cases — a rule that is under review after some parents complained that ...
As Common Core Tests Approach, So Does A Sea Change In Schools NPR: A new experiment in education begins Tuesday. Early assessments based on the Common Core State Standards will be rolled out and tested in the coming months. Some 3 million students will participate.
Chiefs Press NEA, AFT Leaders on Common-Core Policy Teacher Beat: State chiefs have some tough questions for the the teachers' unions and their recent shifts in position on the common core.
On Race to the Top funds, D.C. stumbles Washington Post: Of the 12 jurisdictions that won the earliest grants under the Obama administration’s Race to the Top program, the District of Columbia has come under extra scrutiny by federal officials concerned about its ability to manage the money.
U.S. Department of Education criticizes Md.'s Race to the Top progress Baltimore Sun: Maryland has faced several challenges in fulfilling its $250 million promise to overhaul the way it educates students and evaluates educators, the U.S. Department of Education reported Wednesday.
Arne Duncan on Who's Winning the Race to the Top PK12: Mostly, states are struggling to implement new evaluation systems linked to student growth on test scores. But the problems go beyond just designing and putting new evaluations into practice. New evaluation systems in Florida and Delaware, for example, resulted in very few meaningful differences in teacher ratings. In essence, nearly everyone in those states turned out to be an effective teacher.
Common Core Creates Opportunities For Publishers WQAMU: New education standards called Common Core are being adopted in 45 states and Washington, D.C. That has created an opportunity for trade publishers.
Los Angeles charter schools record among the biggest learning gains in nation EdSource Today: The release of CREDO’s report came the same week that Los Angeles Unified’s Board of Education modified Superintendent John Deasy’s contract to deter him from encouraging further growth of charters. It set a goal of an annual student enrollment growth of 5 percent – a target that can only be achieved by reversing a decade-long growth in charter schools
Budgets Voted Down In Protest Of Staffing Cuts At Seattle Schools Seattle Public Radio: The staff at 31 Seattle public schools have voted down their schools’ proposed budgets to protest job cuts the district is calling for this fall. Ingraham High School administrative secretary Mary Smith said her school's staff rejected a budget that would turn the assistant secretary, attendance specialist and fiscal specialist from full-time to half-time positions.
To Fill Skills Gap In U.S., Schools Look Abroad NPR: Community colleges and trade schools are trying to better prepare students for a global market. And some are looking to Europe for answers.