Wednesday's news includes coverage of the charter school rally yesterday (can they pull off what NY charter advocates pulled off?), some LSC upsets (everyone's out at Ray), and new tweaks to the selective enrollment process for private school kids (among other things). A seniority layoff lawsuit in LA has been settled. Commenters continue to argue whether charter or CTU parents should serve on LSCs.
Charter-School Fight Flares Up in Illinois WSJ: Hundreds of protesters filled the rotunda of the Illinois State Capitol on Tuesday denouncing nearly a dozen bills that would curb the growth of charter schools—the latest scuffle over expansion of the independently run public schools. See also WBEZ Chicago.
In Testimony, Arne Duncan Continues to Distance Himself From Common Core PK12: "I'm just a big proponent of high standards. Whether they're common or not is secondary," he told members of the House appropriations subcommittee that works on health, education, and other related issues.
Advocates Rally Against Charter School Bills Chicago Tonight: The state’s capital was filled today with advocates rallying against charter school bills under consideration. President of Chicago International Charter Schools David Chizewer and Legislation Coordinator for the Chicago Teachers Union Stacy Davis Gates join us with details.
Charter school supporters rally against slew of bills Catalyst: One bill would eliminate the state’s independent charter school authorizer. Another would place a cap on salaries for charter school CEOs and require school districts—not schools themselves--to hold lotteries for new students. A third bill would prevent the opening of new charter schools in neighborhoods where traditional public school have been shuttered in the past decade.
Hundreds of charter school supporters rally in Springfield Sun Times: Rep. Christian Mitchell, D-Chicago, addressed the rally. “It’s good for you to be here, it’s good for people to see that charter parents, charter students are engaged and ready and not willing to give up their schools and not willing to give up this fight. So understand that what you’re doing here today is very important.”
Ray Elementary LSC Election: All Incumbents Voted Out DNA Info: Most of the members of the Ray Elementary School Local School Council are on their way out, but they'll have one more big decision to make before leaving office: Picking a new principal.
Lawmakers consider LSC requirement for charter schools Catalyst: As local school council elections take place this week, state lawmakers are considering a bill that would force charter schools to have councils instead of the typical governing boards, which usually do not include parents or community members.
Private School Students Get More Time to Prep For Top High School Tests DNA Info: Students who do not attend a public school will be able to take the two-part Northwest Evaluation Association's Measures of Academic Progress between Sept. 6 and Oct. 11 at locations throughout the city in an effort to get into one of 10 selective enrollment high schools for the 2015-16 school year, CPS officials said.
CPS tweaks rules for selective-enrollment high schools Crain's Chicago Business: The decision by CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett comes after the superintendent of the city's Catholic schools last month strongly criticized the proposed changes, saying they put Catholic school students at a disadvantage in a variety of ways.
CPS Announces Uniform Application Process for Selective Enrollment Seats CPS Obsessed:Chicago Public Schools said today that the standardized test being used for the first time in applications to the city’s top selective enrollment schools will also be required for private school students, but that those children won’t have to take the test until next fall.
2nd man charged in shooting of Marshall High basketball coach Sun Times: A second gunman has been charged in a shooting that left a Marshall-Metro High School assistant basketball coach paralyzed from the waist down after he shielded his daughter from gunfire in the Humboldt Park neighborhood in January.
L.A. Unified settles lawsuit over layoffs LA Times: Los Angeles school district officials announced a lawsuit settlement Tuesday that will provide $60 million in pay increases, services and staff at about three dozen schools, many hit hard by teacher layoffs. But the pact fails to deal with whether instructors should continue to be dismissed based on seniority. See also EdSource Today, LA Daily News.
Coalition launches to support New York’s Common Core rollout ChalkbeatNY: In a press release, the group said its goal is to combat “special interests’ attempt to delay the introduction of a new set of standards created and adopted by New York State teachers, parents, principals and state leaders in 2011.”
Putting Student Data To The Test To Identify Struggling Kids NPR: At Miami Carol City Senior High in Florida, a handful of teachers, administrators and coaches are gathered around a heavy wooden table in a conference room dubbed the "War Room," looking through packets of information about several students.
Common Core Literary [sic] Standards Require Close Reading NPR: The new Common Core State Standards for English have stirred plenty of controversy. In a Vermont classroom full of 8th graders, they are working on a cornerstone of the core: close reading.
An Education Reporter Puts Himself To The (Standardized) Test NPR: Well, those dreaded tests we took as kids (and that kids still take) are changing — as a result of new Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Math. And they're changing radically. Next year, most states will throw out the old tests that varied from state to state in favor of new, Common Core-aligned tests to measure student performance.
D.C. Public Schools Releases Detailed Lottery Data WAMU: D.C. Public Schools has released detailed data on the results of last week's common lottery for public and charter schools, showing which public schools received most interest from parents and which have the longest wait lists.
American Graduate lesson from St. Louis: the power of public-private partnerships PBS NewsHour: When educators, parents and other community members joined in St. Louis’s Nine Network of Public Media town hall on improving the city’s schools, they talked about how to help more students graduate from high school with the skills they’ll need for college and the workplace.
Court: Louisiana must report voucher data Politico: The Department of Justice has prevailed — at least in part.