News: Travis, Guzzardi, "Chicagoland"

News: Travis, Guzzardi, "Chicagoland"

The latest education news: Two political races feature education angles (Jay Travis and Will Guzzardi). There are more than 50,000 homeless students in the Chicago area -- including many whose situation isn't known by classmates or teachers. Viewers differ on whether "Chicagoland" is useful, realistic, etc. (see also comments on previous post).


One legislative race could tilt the fight over Chicago teacher benefits Crain's: Community organizer Jhatayn “Jay” Travis is backed to the hilt by the Chicago Teachers Union, which fears the Legislature will reduce its members' retirement benefits so that the Emanuel administration won't have to make a required $696 million pension

Schoolteachers Take On the Chicago Machine In These Times: Guzzardi sought the endorsement of the Chicago Teachers Unions (CTU), which, under President Karen Lewis, was beginning to flex its political muscle. The CTU leadership recommended that the union make no endorsement in the race, but the House of ...

Emanuel optimistic about CPS graduation rate WLS: Mayor Rahm Emanuel is out with a rosy prediction about the graduation rate coming forChicago Public Schools. Thursday night at the University of Chicago on a panel with the mayors of New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta, Emanuel was saying...


Nathan Strain tells his story of being homeless in Chicago's suburbs WBEZ: Strain is one of 54,892 children identified as homeless during the last school year.  A new report out today from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless looked at that number and surveyed districts, like the one Strain went to, District 300, found a majority of school districts are struggling to provide services to more than half of their homeless population.

Teen Survives Tragedy, Named Youth of the Year DNA Info: Shakhari Edwards was speechless upon receiving an award that would "make my brother proud."

Chicago schools fail handling boycott of standardized test ABQ Journal: The latest one in my hometown – over how the Chicago Public Schools district reacted to teachers, parents and about 1,500 children at 80 schools who chose to boycott a soon-to-be-discontinued standardized test – is about as absurd as it gets.

Edna Pardo, fought for schools through League of Women Voters, dies Chicago Tribune: Edna Pardo worked tirelessly to improve her community, focusing much of her effort on the inequities of Illinois school finance in her longtime role as a leader of the League of Women Voters of Chicago.

Chicago Ranks Eighth In Income Inequality Amongst U.S. Cities According to a recent study by the Brookings Institute, Chicago ranked eighth in income inequality amongst 50 cities in the United States. Based on census data, Chicago's richest 5 percent earned $201,460, while those in the poorest 20 percent earned $16,078.


Taft High student killed by train Sun Times: A 17-year-old Taft High School student on his way to class died Friday morning after being hit by a Metra train on the Northwest Side, fire officials said.

CHICAGOLAND [see also previous post]

Is 'Chicagoland' propaganda or a realistic documentary ChicagoNow: Chicago Teachers Union President, Karen Lewis, called the mayor a liar, a bully, and the murder mayor. According to Lewis, he murdered housing and murdered schools. No factual evidence was presented to bolster her claims.

CNN's 'Chicagoland' Examines a Mayor and His City's Schools Education Week: It was also the filmmakers' good fortune that Chicago teachers went on a brief strike in 2012, with lots of colorful rallies and sharp words between Emanuel and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis. "Chicagoland" is visually appealing,


Kansas School Funding Declared Unconstitutional By State Supreme Court HuffPost: The decision ordered the immediate reversal of recent education cuts, but told a lower court to reconsider the potential $1 billion question of whether Kansas provides enough education funding to adequately prepare students for the future.

For transient, high-needs students, Florida teachers see Common Core as an anchor Hechinger Report: Designers say Common Core’s structure should help low-income, or students who move frequently – like those at Monroe. Norris’ sixth grade students are studying fairy tales from around world. She broke them into four groups and asks them to write about how different cultures tell the same story.

U.S. teachers 6th highest paid in the world Hechinger Report: U.S. public school teachers are the sixth highest paid teachers in the world, according this UNESCO analysis that adjusts wages by domestic purchasing power so you can compare different currencies and countries more fairly.

Weeks Later, Epic Spelling Bee Ends In Missouri NPR: Fifth-grader Sophia Hoffman and seventh-grader Kush Sharma became celebrities after they essentially broke the bee in February, as Maria Carter of member station KCUR reported Friday. At that competition, they lasted 66 rounds before organizers said they needed time to gather more words. See also TODAY

SAT revision: The reaction Washington Post: Should a college-bound student take the SAT or ACT? What difference will the SAT revisions announced last week make as students weigh that decision? These questions are being asked in the nation’s high schools, and they are likely to intensify in the two years before the new SAT debuts in 2016. Here’s one take from Hayfield Secondary School in Fairfax County.


How de Blasio’s Narrative Got Hijacked NYT: "De Blasio went into this thinking that he and Cuomo were friends,” a Democratic insider said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of concern over retribution, “but Andrew Cuomo doesn’t really have friends.”

Families Await Their Fate With New D.C. Schools Lottery WAMU: Many families hope D.C.'s new lottery will make the process of finding a school easier. But is that really the case?

Candidates vying to lead UTLA reflect recent teacher woes LA Times: The 10 candidates running for president of United Teachers-Los Angeles seek to lead a dispirited and divided teacher corps with common grievances but who lack consensus on how to move forward.

Manhattan Advantage in Public High School Admissions WNYC: It is rare for students outside of District 2 to be matched with one of the six competitive schools that give priority to students in the district that includes parts of lower Manhattan and the Upper East Side. Data obtained by WNYC shows more than 78 percent of the students offered admissions to these six schools last year came from District 2 schools.

Montgomery County Teachers Get Pay Raise WAMU: Teachers in Montgomery County have ratified a new contract that gives raises totaling 5.5 percent over three years, but it also requires educators to pay more for health insurance.

In Rent Plan for Charters, Mayor Faces a Hard Road NYT: Two months into his administration, the mayor has yet to unveil a plan, and education experts said the idea might be difficult for him to put in place.

Inslee, Teachers' Union Clash Over Evaluation Measure Seattle Public Radio: They supported his campaign, but now some unionized teachers in Washington have stern words for Governor Jay Inslee.

Tenure for city school administrators tough to achieve Rochester D & C: Since being named interim superintendent in May 2011, Vargas has denied tenure to 12 of the 87 administrators who came before him, a denial rate of 14 percent. All 12 of those denials came since 2012-13, when the interim tag was removed: 10 last year and two so far in 2013-14, according to district data.

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