Bullying, Inflammatory Test Questions, & More

Bullying, Inflammatory Test Questions, & More

Todays news includes: Lewis predicts a Preckwinkle victory, describes attempts to stage scenes in "Chicagoland." CPS investigating anti-Semitic bullying and should be ashamed of itself over that inflammatory test question (says the Sun-Times). A CTU member is fighting to serve on an LSC. A shooting near a school. Elsewhere:  Zuckerberg gives $120M to SF Bay Area schools.  First Lady fights to protect school lunch guidelines.  NYC teachers not so sure about that new contract. See it all below.

CPS investigating allegations of anti-Semitic bullying Chicago Sun-Times: “Chicago Public Schools will never tolerate bullying or harassment by any student in any school,” CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett wrote in an emailed statement.

Test question, labels show educators need lesson in sensitivity Chicago Sun-Times:  Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett apologized in a statement and said the test question “was intended for students to evaluate the biases, credibility and point of view of sources.” No harm intended, but the question was nonetheless callous.

Karen Lewis says Preckinkle would beat Emanuel in one-on-one race Chicago Sun-Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel is “extremely vulnerable” and would be defeated in a head-to-head race against County Board President Toni

CTU Leader Karen Lewis on 'Chicagoland': 'They Tried to Stage Scenes With Me'  NBC Chicago:  Karen Lewis is one of those personalities that pops on camera: she's fiery, funny and opinionated, especially when ranting about her nemesis, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Forum: Impressed with charters SouthtownStar: The turnaround in these Chicago public schools has been dramatic. They have become like the Catholic schools of old but without the high tuition and fees.

Person shot near West Side elementary school, officials say Chicago Sun-Times:  The shooting, at 3 p.m. Thursday in the 1600 block of South Avers Avenue in the North Lawndale community, prompted the temporary lockdown of both schools, a Chicago Public Schools official said.

Chicago Teachers Union's Joey McDermott Fights to Serve on Sayre LSC DNAinfo:  So, it was no surprise when McDermott told me he plans to go down swinging over a Chicago Public Schools decision that declared him ineligible to the term he was elected to serve on the Local School Council at his daughter's school.

Chicago and 'The Case for Reparations' Chicago Mag: The Atlantic Magazine writer takes on the media's ignorance of history, why Chicago is an ideal case study for discrimination, and how uncomfortable it is to undo policies that were racist by design.

NATIONAL

Zuckerberg, Wife Gift $120M to CA Schools AP: The first $5 million will go to school districts in San Francisco, Ravenswood and Redwood City and will focus on principal training, classroom technology and helping students transition from the 8th to the 9th grade. The couple and their foundation, called Startup: Education, determined the issues of most urgent need based on discussions with school administrators and local leaders.

Common Core School Standards Face a New Wave of Opposition NYT: The governors of Oklahoma and South Carolina are considering signing bills to replace the Common Core standards with locally written versions, and Missouri is considering a related measure.

California's CORE Districts Faltering On Key Tenets of Waiver, Ed. Dept. Says District Dossier: Education Department officials flagged problem areas for the seven districts participating in the No Child Left Behind Act waiver, including delays and changes to strategies aimed at the lowest-achieving schools.

ACLU Sues California For 'Equal Learning Time' WNYC: The lawsuit names students including Briana Lamb as members of the class. In the fall of 2012, when Lamb showed up for her junior year at Fremont High School in South Central Los Angeles, she says her schedule was full of holes.

Political fight simmers over school lunch menu changes PBS: First lady Michelle Obama has made healthy eating, particularly in schools, her top public priority. But after hearing from some school districts about the complications in implementing the new program, Republicans are now pushing to roll back the regulations.

House Panel Advances Bill on School Lunch Options NYT: A bill includes a provision for a waiver process for local school districts that found it too expensive to comply with the White House nutritional guidelines passed in 2012.

Study shows that high-tech schools run into budget troubles and cut tech spending Hechinger: The eight schools in this study spent a total of only $650,000 on technology, 60 percent less than $1.7 million originally budgeted.

OTHER CITIES

On Teachers in Limbo, NYC Contract Satisfies Few WNYC: Leonard Robertson is a licensed music teacher with a decade’s experience in the public schools but this month he spent a week filling in for a high school business teacher. In what’s called the Absent Teacher Reserve, or A.T.R., Robertson rotates to a different school each week to fill in where he's needed or, worst case, to sit in the teachers' lounge all day.

D.C. Public Schools Scramble to Serve Growing Numbers of Homeless Students Washington Post: Nearly 30 percent of the students who attend Ketcham Elementary School in Southeast D.C. are homeless, and many stay at D.C. General.

 

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  • Fatal shooting of Gwendolyn Brooks Prep special ed teacher - chicagotribune.com http://ht.ly/xtxce among 14 people shot Thurs

  • also a shooting near Penn ES

  • "The [dispalced] animosity toward charter schools in Chicago is so red hot you can almost feel it." http://ht.ly/xtxEZ Sun Times edit

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