That plan to replace the deseg consent degree has led to more white students getting top spots at top CPS high schools, says the Sun-Times. Longtime education reporter (Tribune, Wall Street Journal) Stephanie Banchero is joining the Joyce Foundation. RIP, Jackie Gallagher. Grad rates are up nationally. See it all below (and throughout the day at District299).
WHITE KIDS RULE
White students getting more spots at top CPS high schools Sun Times: More white students are being admitted to Chicago’s top four selective-enrollment public high schools, fulfilling the predictions of education observers that minority students would be edged out of slots at the city’s top schools as a result of a 2009 court ruling lifting a decree that had required Chicago’s schools to be desegregated.
Demographics tell different story of Obama High School plan Crain's Chicago Business: When Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Chicago Public Schools would build another selective enrollment school on the Near North Side, he argued it would serve the whole city, not just the gentrifying communities around it.
Study links CPS focus on 9th-grade achievement and high school graduation rates Medill Reports: Chicago: Barbara Byrd-Bennett, CEO of Chicago Public Schools, described her elation at the findings as “the little energy pill, the little shot, that makes us keep doing this work.”
Divisive Lake View HS Principal Leaves School for Network Role DNA Info: Lilith Werner will be supporting "all of our area high schools," according to a letter to the community.
Chicago teachers become students in Illinois politics WBEZ: A group of current and retired teachers sat for a three-hour tutorial on how their pension is funded, why it's now so underfunded and what they can do about it.
From Rauner to Rahm to griping neighbors: Where's the big picture? Crain's Chicago Business: It's almost enough to make me agree with Chicago Teachers Union chief Karen Lewis about Mr. Emanuel. Almost.
Charter schools prove to be true to their purpose TriCities: “Charter schools are being used to destroy traditional public schools,” said Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union. Chicago parents feel differently; hundreds flocked to the State Capitol's Rotunda to denounce the anti-charter legislation.
Mayor Rahm doles out $60 million in TIF funds to build Barack Obama high school Reader: Just in case anyone forgot who really runs things in this town, the Sun-Times appeared on my front porch on Wednesday—hand delivered, as always—with a picture of a recent gathering at Gibsons steakhouse.
Sen. Paul: Give Parents of Title I Students Power to Choose Schools EdWeek: Paul, who is considered a likely candidate for the presidency in 2016, also held another education roundtable in Milwaukee. He said the discussions were part of a process to find solutions to strengthen the American education system.
CPS doesn’t know how much sugar is in kids’ meals WBEZ Chicago: In the most recent revamp of school food rules, sugar was untouched and remains completely unregulated. Sugar (which often arrives in the form of corn syrup) is such a non-issue to school food authorities that Chicago Public Schools don’t even bother to keep track of how much they put in CPS food--food fed to some of the most obese children in the nation.
Lucille “Jackie” Gallagher, former CTU spokeswoman, dies at 85 Chicago Sun-Times: A politically savvy straight-shooter, Lucille “Jackie” Gallagher was probably the most powerful spokeswoman for the Chicago Teachers Union in decades.
Woman a victim of same violence she fought against Chicago Tribune: Originally from Houston, Draper moved to Chicago more than 10 years ago and has been working as a budget analyst for the Chicago Public Schools, according to family members.
Report: 4 in 5 US high school students graduate AP: U.S. public high schools have reached a milestone, an 80 percent graduation rate. Yet that still means 1 of every 5 students walks away without a diploma. Citing the progress, researchers are projecting a 90 percent national graduation rate by 2020.
Graduation rate could hit 90 percent Politico: The high school graduation rate has already topped 80 percent for the first time in U.S. history.
A Walmart Fortune, Spreading Charter Schools NYT: In effect, Walton has subsidized an entire charter school system in the nation’s capital, helping to fuel enrollment growth so that close to half of all public school students in the city now attend charters, which receive taxpayer dollars but are privately operated.
What Now For School Districts After Federal Waiver Loss? Seattle Public Radio: School districts across Washington are examining how they’ll be affected by the state’s loss of its No Child Left Behind waiver and resulting loss of flexibility over how they spend $38 million in federal funding. That amount represents 20 percent of the federal Title 1 funding for the state's highest-poverty schools.
Law Limits Standardized Tests, but Not Prep Work Texas Tribune: “The change in law was well intentioned, but there is still constant test prep going on,” said Stacey Amick, a parent of two children in the Lewisville Independent School District near Dallas. “But I can’t fault the teachers or the schools for doing it. I don’t know a way around it for them.”
Learning With Disabilities: One Effort To Shake Up The Classroom NPR: The traditional special education model keeps kids with disabilities separate from their peers for much of the day. But a few educators and advocates are pushing for something different.
New York Finds Space for 3 Charter Schools NYT: The schools had been at the heart of a battle between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Eva S. Moskowitz, the leader of a high-performing charter network. See also Chalkbeat
El Camino Real Charter High wins national 2014 Academic Decathlon LA Times: El Camino Real Charter High School claimed the national 2014 Academic Decathlon title Saturday, marking the seventh time the Woodland Hills school has won the honor. See also LA Daily News.
National Urban League Aims to Boost Parents' Common-Core Knowledge EdWeek: The National Urban League will help parents in Cleveland, Los Angeles, Nashville and Pittsburgh ensure that that the common core is "equitably resourced and implemented."
With Philadelphia Shortfall, Schools Face Renewed Cuts NYT: About 2,350 jobs could be eliminated next year unless the district finds funding to bridge its new shortfall, the superintendent said.
Hundreds of students march in Montgomery, calling attention to academic achievement gap WashPost: Hundreds of Montgomery County students marched more than a mile through Rockvilleon Sunday in a call to close the achievement gap that has left black and Hispanic students in the high-performing district trailing their white and Asian peers on measures of academic success.
Brother of Lost Autistic Boy Heads to Law School after Tragedy WNYC: When a 14-year-old autistic boy named Avonte Oquendo disappeared from his public school in Queens last October, his family organized search parties and maintained a command center outside the school. Along with Avonte's parents, his half-brother Danny Oquendo was critical to keeping the city's attention on the missing boy.