Turnarounds, Charter IB Programs, Vallas!

Turnarounds, Charter IB Programs, Vallas!

Turnarounds debated (Dvorak).  Charter school IB program (Hansberry). LSCs for charters!? Vallas speaks! Tribune praises ed schools for not going along with ISBE teacher testing change. In other cities: NYC chancellor digs at parents opting out.  DC chancellor in limbo after Democratic primary.  EdTrust report finds disturbing trends for high-achieving minority students.

TURNAROUNDS

CTU Blasts CPS Decision to Turn Around 3 Schools ChicagoTonight: The Chicago Teachers Union blasts the Chicago Public Schools’ decision to turn around three failing schools. But the management group that will take over the schools says Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) schools outperform CPS schools. Elizabeth Brackett has the story. View an interactive map of the three schools.

Parents, staff urge CPS to avoid 'turnaround' at Dvorak Tech Academy Chicago Sun-Times: CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has recommended Dvorak and two other low-performing elementary schools undergo the so-called “turnaround” process. Staff at the schools would be fired and replaced. The schools would be managed by the Academy for ...

POLITICS

Lawmakers consider LSC requirement at charter schools Catalyst: Unlike traditional neighborhood schools in the city, charter schools are not overseen by an elected body of parents, community members and staff. “The whole point of this is bringing democracy into our schools,” says Rod Wilson, a member of Communities Organized for Democracy in Education, which has been lobbying for the bill. “

Vallas finally enters the arena The Capitol Fax Blog: Vallas, the former Chicago Public Schools CEO, contended that lowering the income tax rate would leave at least $1 billion less for school districts across the state – a situation Vallas said would be “absolutely devastating.” […]

TEACHERS

'Illinois is going the other way' Tribune (editorial): One encouraging note: Many Illinois universities are balking at the new, weaker state law, reports the Tribune's Diane Rado. The Tribune found that public and private colleges with some of the largest numbers of test takers are not — repeat, not — allowing students to enter teacher preparation programs unless they pass the basic skills test. Those include Illinois State, Northern Illinois, National Louis, DePaul, Loyola and Dominican universities.

PENSION BATTLE

Emanuel, Madigan pension blitzkrieg stalls Chicago Tribune: Madigan said that of the 31 unions representing workers in the laborer and municipal funds, only three are opposed. The Chicago Teachers Union, AFSCME and the Illinois Nurses Association have sharply criticized Emanuel for trying to make what they say .

MISC

Peabody Awards Shine Light on Struggling High Schools WNYC: The 2014 Peabody Awards honored three reports about schools facing poverty, crime and serious educational challenges (Harper High School, 180 Days, and Best Kept Secret).

Hansberry College Prep First Public Charter in State to Offer IB Program DNA Info: After a three-year effort, Hansberry College Prep will offer the International Baccalaureate program this fall, making it the first public charter school in the state to do so.

To Play or Not to Play (in K and Pre), That is the Question Shanahan on Literacy:  Recently, a study at the University of Virginia found that we now live in a different world. Most kindergarten teachers believe that they should teach reading and that is pretty common in preschools, too. The headline in Education Week says it all: “Study Find Reading Lessons Edging Out Kindergarten Play.”

OTHER CITIES

Fariña: Let’s respect those who opt out—and those who are “ready for the challenge” Chalkbeat: Chancellor Carmen Fariña took a subtle shot at the growing number of parents who are opting their children out of this month’s state tests, noting that other parents are sending their students to school because they think they’re “ready for the challenge.”

D.C. Voters Toss Mayor Gray in Primary, Raising Questions About Schools District Dossier: Bowser, throughout the primary campaign, was steadfastly noncommittal about whether she would keep Henderson at the helm if she wins the election. And Catania, who chairs the council's education committee, has frequently criticized Henderson over a number of issues.

Public housing authorities pilot education programs EdSource Today: In Sacramento, children living in public housing will soon have access to a new library, designed especially for them. In Oceanside, north of San Diego, public housing officials now distribute books instead of toys at the annual holiday party. In Oakland, the housing authority is working with the school district to improve attendance and bring parents living in public housing into their children’s schools more often.

City Launches Pre-K Expansion, Adding Four Thousand New Seats WNYC: Two days after Albany lawmakers allocated $300 million for pre-kindergarten in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that pre-k expansion was underway, with an additional 4,268 full-day seats found in public school buildings.

The Battle for First Period: Students, Teachers and Teen Biorhythms WNYC: In case you hadn't heard, teenagers are tired. "Sleep is awesome, and we need more of it," said Amy Hao, a senior at Townsend Harris High School in Flushing. For principals, student sleep is a matter not just of student health — but student performance.

NATIONAL

Achievement gap persists, even among high-performing students, report says EdSource Today:  Despite the strong start, the EdTrust report found that the high-achievers from low-income families, as well as those who were black and Latino, graduated with lower GPAs, posted lower scores on the SAT and ACT, and had lower passage rates on rigorous Advanced Placement exams than high-achieving white students or students from more advantaged backgrounds. High-achieving students of color were also less likely to enroll in selective colleges than their white peers, the report said.

Some States Seek To Bless Prayer In Public Schools NPR: School-sponsored prayer was banned by the Supreme Court more than 50 years ago. New laws in several states, however, would allow students to offer their own prayers, even at official school functions.

First Test For College Hopefuls? Decoding Financial Aid Letters NPR: You got in! But just how much money is that school offering you? Financial aid award letters can be confusing, so we've put together a sample letter — and translated it into plain English.

Former Teacher Joins House Education Panel; Bipartisan Research Bill Out Today  PK12: Rep. Mark Takano, a former teacher from Riverside, Calif., has been tapped to serve on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the minority leader, announced last night.

Enrollment Declines At University Of Phoenix — Again BuzzFeed: Declining enrollment at the University of Phoenix and missed revenue targets sent shares of for-profit education company Apollo Education Group tumbling more than 6% in after-hours trading following its second quarter earnings report Tuesday.

Common Core Exams Push Some Parents to Opt-Out WNYC: New York City resident Liz Rosenberg, a parent of two children ages 10 and 4-years-old, says her 10-year-old is opting out of tests this week. Carmel Martin, executive vice president for policy at the Center for American Progress and the former assistant secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development at the Department of Education, explains how this round of testing compares to years past.

 

Leave a comment