More Dough For Schools, District?

More Dough For Schools, District?

Today's news: CPS increases per-student funding (sort of). Funding equity bill advances in Springfield.  As does pension reform (will Quinn sign it)? Turnaround opponents keep up the heat. Jose Rico returns to join United Way.  Nationally: Gallup poll finds stressed teachers.  Officials unsure why PA student went on knife rampage.

CPS increases per-student funding, but extra cash already spoken for Sun Times: Chicago Public Schools officials on Wednesday touted an increase in money to schools for each child enrolled next year, but the bulk of that new cash likely will just help keep up with inflation and teacher raises.

Education funding reform bill advances in legislature  Catalyst: The pending amendment to SB 16, the 419-page school funding reform amendment, was pored over and examined and scrutinized, argued over and debated by witnesses and legislators on the Special Issues Subcommittee of the Senate Executive Committee for nearly three hours yesterday before it was approved for full committee consideration.

Illinois Senate approves Chicago pension overhaul Crain's Chicago Business: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is out with a statement asking Mr. Quinn to veto the “unfair, unconstitutional” bill when and if it makes it to his desk. “This is theft — plain and simple,” she said.

CPS Students Demand To Be Heard on Turnaround Plan: 'This is Wrong' DNAinfo:  At the Tuesday night protest Gresham Principal Diedrus Brown — who had earlier held a morning news conference with Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis where she ridiculed her bosses...

In CNN's 'Chicagoland,' violence continues to dominate Chicago Tribune
CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett is heard to say, "Wow." Fenger is having money problems. Its budget set to be cut by $100,000, principal Liz Dozier is faced with having to fire staff. Contrast that no-money story with the example of the mayor's legendary ..

Common, Rhymefest team with Urban League to create jobs for youths Sun Times: The partnership, which will include a music festival fundraiser this summer, was spawned by feedback from teens at the end of annual summer job programs such as One Summer Chicago, which Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Wednesday would offer 22,000 youth jobs this summer.

Rico joins United Way Catalyst: Jose Rico served four years as the executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Previously, he was a founding principal at the Multicultural Arts School at the Little Village/Lawndale High School campus.


American Teachers Feel Really Stressed, And It's Probably Affecting Students HuffPost: Gallup’s State Of America’s Schools Report, released Wednesday, says nearly 70 percent of K – 12 teachers surveyed in a 2012 poll do not feel engaged in their work. The study said they are likely to spread their negative attitudes to co-workers and devote minimal discretionary effort to their jobs. See also Hechinger Report.

Sacramento Bails on NCLB Flexibility PK12: In a memo to staff today, interim Superintendent Sara Noguchi said, "It has become clear that [the district's] participation in the waiver from No Child Left Behind has impeded progress towards working more collaboratively to move our schools and classrooms forward." She referred to the waiver as a distraction. See also EdSource Today.

Testing help center 'inundated' with teacher calls KPCC LA: Last week, the help desk received an average of 637 calls each day from teachers asking for help with the new test, she said. Most were for basic problems setting up the tests.

'Value Added' Data Need Careful Analysis, Consideration, Statisticians' Group Says TeacherBeat: The American Statistical Association offers its take on the ever-controversial use of value-added methods in teacher evaluation.

Science teacher's suspension spurs petition drive LA Times: A popular Los Angeles high school science teacher has been suspended after students turned in projects that appeared dangerous to administrators, spurring a campaign calling for his return to the classroom. Cortines School's Greg Schiller was removed by L.A. Unified after two students' projects were deemed to resemble weapons.

Pennsylvania School Stabbing: Authorities Seek Motive For Rampage AP: An assistant principal tackled and subdued Hribal, who was charged Thursday night with four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault and jailed without bail. Authorities said he would be prosecuted as an adult.See also NYT,


D.C. mayoral hopefuls weigh in on proposals for school boundaries and access Washington Post: D.C. Council member and Democratic nominee for mayor Muriel Bowser said Gray’s proposals contain some “intriguing ideas” that deserve further exploration, such as replacing traditional neighborhood elementary schools with clusters, called “choice sets,” that would admit students via lottery.

New York City Reducing Role of Tests in Advancing Students to Next Grade NYT: Under the new policy, test scores would still be used in judging which students to hold back, but they would not be the dominant factor.

With Free Tuition, Mich. Students Hear 'You Are Going To College' NPR: The Kalamazoo Promise pays for the higher education of students in the Michigan school district's public education system. It's the latest chapter in Tell Me More's series about paying for college.

Texas school suspends teacher for being transgender Al Jazeera America: The public school district where she worked confirmed to the affiliate that Klug had been put on leave, pending a school board decision. A group of concerned parents complained to the Lumberton Intermediate School that Klug could be a distraction to the students, according to another local news station.


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    C'mon now. How can teachers be so stressed out (Huffpost article) when they are so overpaid and underworked?

    And btw, Hechinger reports public schools equal or surpass private schools' performance.

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