Today's education news: LSC elections are happening -- and are apparently being politicized in ways that haven't happened in the past (why hasn't this happened in the past - or has it?). A Simeon student was killed. The Tribune has a big story about charter school performance (it's not dramatically different over all) - plus Noble Street's discipline policy is tougher than many other schools'. DNA Info profiles a teacher who moved from closed Bethune to Blaine. Plus national news, news from other cities, and updates throughout the day at @district299.
The politics of this week’s Local School Council elections Sun Times: Among the candidates are charter school teachers, former mayoral staffers, a former Board of Education member and several employees from the Illinois Network of Charter Schools — the statewide organization advocating charters, which also opposes a bill in Springfield that would require charter schools elect LSCs, too.
Tunney's Endorsement of LSC Candidates Unsettles Some DNA Info: Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) endorsed candidates for this week's local school council elections, including a controversial former Chicago Board of Education candidate — an act that unsettled residents who saw it as "old-time Chicago politics." Tunney sent an email from his campaign fund, Citizens for Tunney, on Thursday endorsing several people, including former Chicago Board of Education member Rodrigo Sierra, for community representative at Blaine Elementary.
Local school council elections attract 4,384 parents and community members as candidates WBEZ Chicago: Just about every Chicago public school has a council—something like a mini school board. (Charters don't have LSCs, but there's a bill afoot to change that.) Councils are made up of six parents, two community members, two teachers, and one “non-teaching” school staffer. The councils are unique in the nation because they have some real power.
A push for charter schools, but little difference in student performance Sun Times: Even as many parents in Chicago have embraced charter schools, there’s little evidence in standardized test results that the publicly financed but privately operated schools are performing better than traditional schools operated by the Chicago Public Schools system, an examination by the Chicago Sun-Times and the Medill Data Project at Northwestern University has found.
Simeon H.S. football player, 16, shot to death on South Side Sun Times: The sobs of another grieving family filled a Chatham apartment Sunday after a Simeon Career Academy sophomore and football player was shot to death 2 miles from home.
Noble charter school has tough discipline policy Tribune: Last year, district-run schools expelled five of every 10,000 students, while charter operators on average kicked out 61 of every 10,000 students, according to CPS. All Noble campuses in that year exceeded the district average, many by a wide margin.
Richton Park man charged with impersonating US marshal SouthtownStar: A Richton Park man has been charged with impersonating a police officer after he tried to enter aChicago Public Schools building without proper identification, police said.
UNIONS PENSIONS POLITICS
Fight Over Troubled NYSUT Dropout Nation: This is especially curious in light of the fact that Iannuzzi's bellicose, occasionally Karen Lewis-like style has helped NYSUT occasionally beat back school reformers at the state level, and thwart the efforts of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has emerged as .
What went wrong with Emanuel's pension plan? Crain's Chicago Business: One is that Mr. Madigan is playing a sort of political footsie with Chicago Teachers Union PresidentKaren Lewis, who has been making political trouble for some of his members.
Governor Quinn's running mate Paul Vallas takes Chicago consulting job ABC7Chicago: Gov. Quinns running mate Paul Vallas takes new consulting job. Paul Vallas was Chicago Public Schools CEO from 1995 to 2001, Paul Vallas also led school districts in Philadelphia, New Orleans and currently in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Teacher Goes from Closed School to Being 'Team Player' at Blaine DNA Info: Last year was a whirlwind for Blaine Elementary third-grade teacher Angela Brito. Chicago Public Schools officials said in April that her previous school, Mary Mcleod Bethune in West Garfield Park, might be closed. She went on maternity leave in May, and two days after she gave birth to her son, the official news came out — Bethune would not reopen the 2013-14 school year.
RECAP: Chicagoland Episode 5 Next City: Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett speaks to Safe Passage workers at a training session before the new school year. Credit: AP Photo/Scott Eisen. With school coming back in session, Chicagoland's fifth episode returns to the debate over...
America's Most Challenging High Schools Washington Post: America’s Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index invented by Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews. The index formula is a simple ratio: The number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school in 2013, divided by the number of graduates that year.
Deal announced on teacher dismissal bill that governor would support EdSource Today: Most of the big changes in Assembly Bill 215 would apply only to charges of egregious misconduct – acts that would include sexual abuse, child abuse and some drug crimes.
State teachers union president defeated with UFT support Chalkbeat: The state teachers union got a new president and issued a long-threatened attack on the State Education Department during a dramatic meeting in New York City this weekend. It was the first time in the union’s 42-year history that a sitting president was ousted. See also NY Post: NY teachers unions spent $4.8M on lobbying in 2013.
Common Core Turns Business Leaders Against Oklahoma GOP NPR: Mike Neal gets annoyed when he talks about politicians in his state. Just three years ago, when the Common Core State Standards for education were implemented, no one had a problem with them, says Neal, president of the Tulsa, Okla., Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Kansas Legislature Passes Education Finance Bill NYT: But the decision to resolve funding gaps across the state was complicated by days of intense battling in Topeka, the capital, over an array of other educational policy questions — whether to finance Common Core academic standards, whether to ease the process for dismissing teachers, and whether to offer tax breaks for families with children in private schools. See also Stateline.
Teen accepted to all 8 Ivies to read Letterman's "Top Ten" USA Today: The Long Island teen who was accepted to all eight Ivy League colleges is offering his secrets of success, including this nugget of wisdom: "Number 10: Address envelope to 'The Very Handsome Dean of Admissions.'" Yes, he's reciting tonight's "Top Ten" list on the Late Show with David Letterman.
6 suspended amid Missouri school rape allegations Seattle Times: Months after vowing to boost security at a Kansas City school where a student says she was dragged to a room and raped, district officials have suspended six employees amid new allegations from a 14-year-old girl who alleges a boy repeatedly raped her at school.
Backlash triggered by viral video of Santa Monica High School student-teacher fight LA Daily News: Video of a Santa Monica High School student being subdued by a wrestling coach, supposedly after selling marijuana in his classroom, is becoming a worldwide web sensation, but has triggered a backlash from parents, teachers, students and alumni. School officials said Mark Black was put on leave pending an investigation.
Filed under: Daily News Roundup