Noble Ends $5 Detention Fee

Noble Ends $5 Detention Fee

Quinn and Rauner debated education.  Noble dumped its $5 detention fee.  Pension fix divides unions (CTU is against). Nationally, Common Core field testing finished its first week, and UTLA's president is on the verge of being unseated after a single term.


Quinn, Rauner scrap on education in first debate Tribune: The first face-to-face meeting of the general election campaign featured Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn likened his opponent to a “virus” who attacks union rights and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner countering that the governor repeatedly had misled teachers, taxpayers and schoolchildren. See also Catalyst

Quinn, Rauner square-off face to face WBEZ: Governor Pat Quinn and his Republican challenger Bruce Rauner shared the same stage Friday. The topic was education. It was a tough audience for Rauner… 1100 delegates from the state's largest...


Noble Charter Network dumps controversial $5 detention fee Sun Times: The Noble Network of Charter Schools told parents this week it was dumping its controversial $5 fee for detentions that netted the high school charter chain hundreds of thousands of dollars since 2008 from punishing students, almost all of whom are low-income.  See also Tribune

Close underperforming charter schools Chicago Sun-Times: We call on the Chicago Teachers Union to join us in promoting Chicago's highest performing schools, and in identifying those schools that fail to deliver.


Realistic options for more revenue Chicago Sun-TimesL The Chicago Teachers Union and others have pushed a financial transaction tax and eliminating tax-increment-financing districts, both of which sound good on paper but have more downsides than pluses.

Chicago Unions Divided Over Emanuel's Move To Gut Pensions In These Times: The Chicago Teachers Union, led by Karen Lewis (pictured here), is one of the unions opposing the bill cutting Chicago public workers' pensions.

What's next for Springfield's pension drama? Crain's Chicago Business:  Karen Lewis and her Chicago Teachers Union will put up a fierce fight. But, as Star Trek's Borg like to say, assimilation is inevitable. CPS completely drained its reserves to make this year's $613 million payment and doesn't have the funds to ...


Editorial: Safe passage for Chicago students Tribune: ... routes, you would have heard about that from CPS' fiercest critics. The evidence seems to point to what Tribune reporter Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah found when she tracked students from West Pullman Elementary to Haley Elementary.

Private School Students Get More Time to Prep For Top High School Tests DNAinfo: ... to require scores from a uniform assessment in order to streamline the evaluation process and make sure that students across the city are afforded equal opportunities to these competitive schools,” said Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

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.

CPS tries peer-to-peer sex ed WBEZ: We take a look at efforts to get sexually active high schoolers to use condoms.

Upward Fragility Alex Kotlowitz: For five motivated young men from DuSable High School in Chicago, there seemed to be a way up and out. But it takes more than pluck and luck to escape the ghetto.


D.C. Students Read More, Deeper With Common Core WAMU: Kelly Rabin, a social studies teacher at Browne Education Campus, says she really pushes her students to do more in class.

How Common Core education standards are changing the way LAUSD schools test children LA Daily News: “You are not being tested,” the narrator explained. “The questions themselves are being tested.”

Facing bipartisan backlash, Oklahoma reconsiders Common Core education standards PBS NewsHour: Oklahoma is the latest state to move toward repealing the Common Core national education standards. Once a source of bipartisan support, the standards now face criticism from the left and right.

Boston Finds That Quality Preschool Is Worth The Effort NPR: Teaching coach Marina Boni is watching Doyle's classroom closely. After the lesson, she commends Doyle for trying to tie the new wire project to the old, but she says photographs of the older, forgotten project might've made the connection a bit more concrete.

Investigators find no evidence of pre-crash fire in deadly Orland bus collision LA Daily News: Investigators have found no evidence the FedEx freight truck involved in a deadly crash with a bus full of Los Angeles-area high school kids in rural Orland was on fire before impact, despite a witness report it may have been in flames prior to the fiery collision, the agency said Saturday. See also LA Times

Outgoing HHS Secretary Oversaw Tougher Rules for Head Start Grant Renewals PK12: Sebelius, who joined the administration in 2009, also served as a tag-team partner with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in promoting a proposal from the White House to boost state-run preschool programs with $75 billion over 10 years from the federal government. They both visited child-care centers and made other joint appearances to talk up the proposal.


L.A. teachers union president ready to step aside for challenger LA Times: Los Angeles teachers' union president Warren Fletcher said he will no longer actively campaign for reelection, clearing the path for challenger Alex Caputo-Pearl to become the next leader of United Teachers Los Angeles. In the first round of voting in March, Caputo-Pearl received 48% of the votes and Fletcher 21%. The runoff election takes place this month with ballots set to be counted April 29.

Schools Chancellor Details Initiatives for Schools NYT: Ms. Fariña, a 40-year-veteran of the Education Department, dedicated much of her speech to a laundry list of practical, although sometimes vague initiatives: plans to bring more students into the city’s world-renowned museums and onto its college campuses; an expansion of summer programs for students in low-income families; and a restructuring of the grading system used to gauge a school’s success. See also Chalkbeat

City schools budget has board seeing red Baltimore Sun: A slowdown in revenue has Baltimore school officials scrambling for budget adjustments that won't require the system to raid its rainy-day fund or cut central office positions and school programs.

Rosy Indiana Evaluation Results Trigger Soul-Searching TeacherBeat: Indiana's teachers posted high scores on their first year under a new teacher-evaluation system.

More non-profits teaching parents to read with children EdSource Today: The programs have different approaches. For instance, the statewide Raising A Reader program and San Diego’s Words Alive! both work with child care centers and preschools to connect with children and parents. But all the programs have the same goal: To get children, and parents, excited about reading.

Ken Burns explains what the Gettysburg Address can teach students Al Jazeera America: Filmmaker Ken Burns joins Consider This host Antonio Mora to discuss "The Address," his new documentary that follows students with learning differences at the Greenwood School in Vermont, as they work to memorize and recite Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Burns says the effort the students put into memorizing the famous speech gave them a "sense of accomplishment."

From slipping through the cracks to the college track Seattle Times: Between crisis management and clerical duties, school counselors — once the conduit to college — have little time to help students navigate a complex maze of higher-education requirements. The fix? Look beyond the schoolhouse.

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  • kotlowitz says the story promo'd above is old -- but still sadly appropriate.

  • Indicted State Representative La Shawn Ford elected to George Rogers Clark local council CBS Chicago

  • Rockford's charter schools pass 5-year hurdle - News - Rockford Register Star - Rockford, IL

  • Obamas Donated to Sidwell Friends and Rochelle Lee (Boundless Readers) - US News

  • From link above: After the Fisher House Foundation, the next biggest pile of the Obamas’ money -- $5,000 -- went to Sidwell Friends School, the tony private school Sasha and Malia Obama attend. Additionally, David Axelrod, President Obama’s former senior adviser, and his wife Susan’s charity Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy got a $1,500 gift from the Obamas. The Axelrods founded CURE after watching their daughter Lauren suffer from the disease.

    Bet Sidwell really needed the money.

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