So there are going to be five more middle school IB programs, according to the Mayor. And 5 of the 10 top high schools in Illinois are from CPS (albeit SE schools), according to US News and the Sun Times. Folks are mad at CPS, Arne Duncan, and Karen Lewis. Plus national news (death of inBloom, improvements in NYC assignment process).
U.S. News Releases 2014 Best High Schools Rankings HuffPost/ US News: Some familiar names joined Dallas-based School for the Talented and Gifted and the two BASIS schools in the top 10 this year, including the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology in Georgia and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia. Both schools retained their third and fourth place rankings, respectively, while Pine View School in Florida also held onto its No. 6 position.
Five of Illinois’ top 10 high schools are CPS Sun Times: Northside College Prep is the best high school in Illinois, and the 36th best public high school in the United States, according to a U.S. News & World Report ranking. According to usnews.com/highschools, Chicago Public Schools boasts five of the state’s top ten (national ranking in parentheses).
CPS International Baccalaureate program grows to five more schools Sun Times: Five Chicago Public schools are adding International Baccalaureate programs for elementary and middle schoolers in the fall, joining several dozen other Chicago schools that already offer the internationally recognized model.
What Chicago elementary schools are going International Baccalaureate? Crain's Chicago Business: ... schools will begin the application process in the 2014-15 school year to offer establish what IB calls Middle Years Programmes, which start at age 11 through 16, according to a news release issued by the administration and the Chicago Public Schools.
Lincoln Elementary Annex Plans, Construction Timeline Detailed DNA Info: The addition to the school will include 17 classrooms, two band rooms, a lunchroom and computer lab.
Bell Addition a 'Testament' to Parents' Passion, Mayor Says DNA Info: Mayor Emanuel was on hand to celebrate the completion of Bell Elementary's $10 million addition.
Dvorak Elementary Supporters Urge CPS To Hold Off On Proposed AUSL Turnaround Progress IL: Supporters of Dvorak Technology Academy in North Lawndale held a rally Monday night in a last-ditch effort to save their school from having its entire staff fired and replaced next year by the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL), a controversial school turnaround contractor.
Dear Arne Duncan, I know you're trying, but..... Chicago Public Fools: It's time to let you in on what your reforms look like down at the level of the schools. Down at the level of the neighborhood schools in your old city. Down below the level of the heady rhetoric that we hear you use a lot about the civil rights issue of our time, or excellence for all. Down below all that.
Chicago Teachers Union President Jokes About the Rash of Shootings in Her Hometown Town Hall: In part of her remarks, Lewis was explaining how elected leaders are providing supposedly false pension reform choices to education unions. “’Take this cut or nothing’ – that’s not a choice,” Lewis said. “You gonna shoot me here or here?” she said, pointing to different parts of her body. “I’m still shot! And this is Chicago!” The crowd roared.
See what they'll be teaching in the Chicago public schools Daily Caller: Ron Fritze, a historian, the dean of Athens State University, and author of the book “Invented Knowledge,” says that Bernal’s theories are not historically accurate and have no place in Chicago schools.
InBloom Student Data Repository to Close NYT: The student data warehousing venture that became a lightning rod for some parents’ data privacy and security concerns, announced it would close. See also WNYC: Sun Sets on Controversial Student Data Project inBloom. [EdWeek broke the story, far as I know.]
Vision, Reality Collide in Common-Core Tests EdWeek: A glass-half-full reading focuses on the exams' technological advances and embrace of performance-based assessment. On the flip side, a confluence of political, technical, and financial constraints have led to some scaling back of the ambitious plans the consortia first laid out.
Teachers are losing their jobs, but Teach for America’s expanding Hechinger Report: Of the first 13 Seattle recruits whose two-year commitment is now over, Maldonado and 10 others remain in their classrooms. While he thinks TFA should have done a better job before bringing his cohort to the city, Maldonado says he still believes strongly in the organization and worked at its summer institute in New York City last year.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Talks To ABC News’ David Muir ABC News: "How did I go to a commuter college that cost $50 a semester? Because a lot of other people put a little something in that kept the costs low at a public school so I had a chance and a lotta kids like me had a chance to get an education, and go out, and do something with it."
Waiting Lists for Kindergarten Drop by Half, New York City Says NYT: In some neighborhoods, the process of applying for kindergarten has come to resemble a mini-Ivy League, with parents hiring consultants, touring scores of schools and inundating online forums.
Kansas: Governor Signs School Funding Bill NYT: Gov. Sam Brownback signed a school funding bill on Monday that increases aid for poor districts to satisfy a portion of a State Supreme Court ruling and that also ends the state’s mandate for teacher tenure.
D.C. officials to consider eight proposals for new charter schools Washington Post: Two of the eight proposals would establish boarding high schools, including one that would aim to meet the particular needs of children in foster care and another that would connect students with internships on Capitol Hill.
Reading, Technology and...Still With Us? Attention Span WAMU: As rapidly evolving technology changes how we read - taking us from page to screen and back again - our brains change and readers can sometimes find longer, denser texts more difficult to read over time. We consider how technology is changing our reading brains and how we might strike a balance between types of reading at different ages.
What Exactly Is 'High-Quality' Preschool? NPR: Many educators tout the benefits of preschool, but there's no clear standard for what qualifies as a quality program. Researchers say that when it comes to pre-K, Tulsa, Okla., gets it right.
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