Does AUSL Really Mean "Privatization"?

Does AUSL Really Mean "Privatization"?

CPS is gearing up for spring break (safety). Some North Lawndale parents don't want an AUSL turnaround (which WBEZ describes as privatization). Foundations and school support groups can create $2,000 per kid inequities among schools, says a new report (focusing on CA). Seven parents opted out of the state tests in Philly, reports the City Paper there. The Kalamzoo Promise has spread to 30 cities nationwide, reports Politico.

SAFETY

CPS Program Provides 'Safe Havens' for Students During Spring Break DNA Info: Parents with Chicago Public School students will have almost 100 safe locations to send their kids during this year's spring break, officials announced Thursday.

CPS students can spend spring break off the streets Sun Times: For any of the Chicago Public School students who need a place to spend part of the day — and meals — during the upcoming Spring Break, 100 “Safe Haven” locations will be open to keep children off the streets by themselves, the district announced Thursday.

Prosecutors: Boy, 15, had loaded gun at South Side grade school Chicago Tribune: In a statement, Chicago Public Schools spokesman Joel Hood said Tuesday officials took appropriate safety steps in responding to the incident and that the student will be appropriately disciplined. “CPS will continue to be vigilant around creating ...

CPS

North Lawndale residents resist further school privatization WBEZ Chicago: Though AUSL schools are privately managed, they still have neighborhood boundaries and unionized teachers. But parent volunteer Rene Jackson said she sees a bigger effort to privatize all the schools in North Lawndale. [WBEZ concurs AUSL = privatization?]

Gresham School Principal Slams Turnaround Plan, Decries Poor Funding DNA Info: Parents trying to stop Walter Gresham Elementary School from becoming a "turnaround" school — essentially ousting most staff — have an in-house ally in their fight: school Principal Diedrus Brown.

Rahm Emanuel's Chicago, a tale of two cities CNN: Rahm Emanuel is building a Second City. Two cities really, as the "two summers" theme shown in Episode 4 of "Chicagoland" suggests. One white, one black. One for the rich, one for the poor. One for private schools, one for closed schools.

Project to Improve Poor Children’s Intellect Led to Better Health, Data Show NYT: The findings come amid a political push by the Obama administration for government-funded preschool for 4-year-olds. But a growing number of experts, Professor Heckman among them, say they believe that more effective public programs would start far earlier — in infancy, for example, because that is when many of the skills needed to take control of one’s life and become a successful adult are acquired. Via Catalyst.

PARENTS

Is College Really Harder to Get Into Than It Used To Be? Atlantic Education: As it turns out, getting into college actually isn’t any harder than it was a decade ago. It’s just that the odds of admission to your particular college may have decreased.

Why Do Affluent, Well-Educated People Refuse Vaccines? Chicago Magazine: A small, surprising demographic is worried about vaccines. But don’t panic about it, because that’s actually counterproductive.

SCHOOLS

NewCivil Rights Education Data Shows the Bigger Picture The Chicago Monitor: “This data collection shines a clear, unbiased light on places that are delivering on the promise of an equal education for every child and places where the largest gaps remain,” said U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

Community Members, Including Former Chicago Bull, Unite To Save School ... In These Times: ... Chicago's sweeping school reform plan, critics see its continuation as part of the larger efforts of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his appointed school board to privatize many aspects of public education and reduce the power of the Chicago Teachers Union.

TEACHERS

Research on Children and Math: Underestimated and Unchallenged NYT: New research suggests that kindergarteners are capable of learning more advanced math concepts than are offered in most classrooms.

New teacher licensing system full of glitches Tribune: During the months ahead, the glitch-prone system that has been compared to the Obama administration's troubled Affordable Care Act website incorrectly labeled one educator a felon. Others were mistakenly listed as delinquent on child support, which could block them from getting a license, according to records obtained by the Tribune.

Pension Reform Bill Chicago Tonight: The prospects of passing Mayor Rahm Emanuel's pension reform bill in Springfield this week are getting dimmer. We have the latest details from Chicago Sun-Times Springfield Bureau Chief Dave McKinney. Read Paris Schutz's story on Potential Property Tax Hike for a breakdown of how the pension proposal would impact homeowners.

CPS, charter school teachers finalists for Golden Apple award Sun Times: More than a dozen Chicago Public Schools teachers and public charter school teachers are finalists for the Golden Apple award.

Noble Network's 'The Robot' Strives to Predict Students' College Success DNA Info: While the chances of a high school kid getting into college can often feel like a game of luck, one tech whiz has sought to mathematically break down a Noble Network student's probability of being accepted and succeeding at college with a series of formulas dubbed "The Robot."

MISC

Chicago Public Schools says chicken nuggets in school lunch program are made with chicken nuggets WBEZ Chicago: Yes, you read it correctly: The complete ingredient list for CPS chicken nuggets is two words: “chicken nuggets.” And it took more than a month for CPS Nutrition Support Services to figure this out.

OTHER CITIES

Report: Foundation funding widens the gap between California's 'rich' and 'poor' schools KPCC LA: Some Northern California public school foundations are raising additional funds of about $2,000 per student. Researchers say that figure is a significant addition to the roughly $8,000 per student the state gives public schools each year. California's current level of per pupil spending is the second lowest in the country.

Statewide teacher evaluations won't be delayed after all MinnPost: By unanimous voice vote, the committee removed the delay and inserted a provision that would direct up to $10 million to pay for evaluations in districts that do not participate in the state’s chief teacher-development program, Q-Comp.

Many Pupils Say 2014 New York Reading Tests Are Easier, but Complaints Persist NYT: This year, by contrast, many students said they were better able to handle the material, in part because teachers knew the types of questions to expect, and also because the state let up a bit, shortening the number of questions on all of the tests, which are given to more than one million third to eighth graders in public and charter schools.

Philadelphia Parents at Two Schools May Choose Charters Or Stay With District Parents and the Public:   Charter operators would need parents' approval before they can takeover two failing Philadelphia public schools in the fall, according to the district's new charter transformation rules.

D.C. mayoral primary has Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s future up in the air Washington Post: “No disaster has happened — not here, at least,” Henderson said in an interview Wednesday shortly after calling her staff together to reassure them that she remains committed to her job and that the election does not change anything — at least not immediately. “We’re still building a world-class education system for children in D.C., and so we’re going to keep doing that.”

NATIONWIDE

Can Free College Save American Cities? Politico: Nearly a decade—and some $50 million—later, the effects of the Kalamazoo Promise experiment in using education as a redevelopment engine are now coming into view. And though stubborn challenges remain, so too is a different Kalamazoo. Eight similar scholarship plans were announced within a year of the Kalamazoo Promise, and today, the tally of plans inspired by the experiment in Southwest Michigan has topped 30 nationwide.

Cheating on standardized tests? State to keep closer watch Seattle Times: On Wednesday, the Inspector General’s office at the U.S. Department of Education joined those urging all states to do such analyses, saying neglecting them would be a “missed opportunity to detect and prevent cheating.” That recommendation was part of an audit of test security in five states:  Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, South Carolina and Texas.

For Latino Parents, Bilingual Classrooms Aren't Just About Language NPR: Parents want their kids to learn a foreign language. The thinking is that a second language will bring significant cultural and economic advantages. But for many Latino parents (and others as well) there is something more at play; namely, it can feel like the family language is at stake.

Common Core emerges as potent election issue for fed-up parents Fox News: U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who faces a primary challenge from four candidates, wasn't even aware of the Common Core when asked about it at a Republican Party meeting last year. Yet he recently sponsored a Senate resolution that strongly criticized it and called on the Administration to back down.

 

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    How are these "turnarounds" not privatization? AUSL is a privately owned and operated company that was brought in to do operations at these "turnarounds." And BTW, what does their success rate look like?

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    According to Community Media Workshop:
    "Of twelve turnaround schools listed on AUSL’s website which the group took over between 2006 and 2010, ten of them are on academic probation today. Only one of them is rated as Level 1 — “high performing” — by CPS.

    Of those twelve schools, eleven were below the CPS district-wide average for ISAT composite scores. AUSL’s top-scoring school had a composite score that was equal to the CPS average, which is lower than half its schools.

    Three AUSL turnarounds at CPS high schools are abject failures, with scores far below district averages and negligible growth."

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