Charter Unionization, Charter Funding

Charter Unionization, Charter Funding

Today's education news: Another charter unionization push (ChicagoQuesst), homelessness and truancy, air conditioning for 57 schools by fall (thought it was 200), and more. Lewis in Madison -- and at the Hideout. New study says charters get increasingly less funding compared to district schools. Teachers union contract nears completion in NYC. Duncan defends waivers, Common Core.

Another charter school moves toward unionization Catalyst: If the nearly three dozen teachers and other staff members vote to form a union, ChicagoQuest will become the city’s 29thcharter school represented by the Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff which falls under the umbrellas of the Illinois Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers.

HOMELESSNESS

Organizations should collaborate to combat youth homelessness Medill Reports: Chicago: As Chicago Public Schools identified a record 18,669 homeless students in 2012-2013, a major topic of discussion was homeless youth.

Homelessness a factor in truancy: Task force Catalyst: A state task force has concluded that homelessness and transportation are two big reasons why so many Chicago Public Schools students are truant. The Truancy in Chicago Public Schools Task Force estimates that 20,000 CPS students do not have a stable place to live. (DNAinfo)

MISC

CPS will put air conditioners in 57 schools by this fall Sun Times: The schools are spread throughout the city and CPS says schools with the “highest need” are going first. That means schools with no air or partial air will likely get air conditioning installed this summer in time for the 2014-2015 school year.

Haines Elementary Technology Grant Paves Way for New Approach to Learning DNA Info: The newly awarded money will help the Chinatown school pay for a new approach to learning.

Locals protest shrinking CPS cash for arts, physical ed Hyde Park Herald: Nicole Losurdo, arts education coordinator of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Department of Arts Education, discussed the CPS Arts plan and part of the physical education (PE) plan last Wednesday at the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council

Chicago Teachers Union president, Texas superintendent in Madison Thursday ... Madison.com: Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis and anti-corporate education activist John Kuhn, a school district superintendent in Texas, will headline a "Rally to Defend Public Education" in Madison Thursday that organizers hope will draw public school .

Karen Lewis at the Hideout! Chicago Reader: That would be Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis, of course—the only union leader in at least 20 years who had the guts to defy a powerful mayor.

Emanuel faces questions on 'Chicagoland' involvement Clout St: Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday sought to pivot away from questions about how his top aides worked with producers to coordinate scenes for CNN’s “Chicagoland” documentary.

NATIONAL

Charter Schools Get Less Money Than Public Schools. Is That A Problem? HuffPost: The report looked at charter school funding in 30 states and Washington, D.C., and found that the disparity between public and charter school funding grew by 55 percent between 2007 and 2011, with most of the disparities coming from state and local revenues.

U.S. Tests Teens A Lot, But Worldwide, Exam Stakes Are Higher NPR: American students take an alphabet soup of mandatory and voluntary exams: SAT, PISA, AP. Sure it's a lot, but in places like Japan and England, tests are incredibly high-stress and life-defining.

Ivy League whiz kid picks his college: Yale USA Today: Kwasi Enin has his pick of the USA's elite colleges, but the one he says has the sweetest song won his heart: Yale.

Arne Duncan Makes Sales Pitch for Waivers, Turnarounds, Early Ed in Senate Hearing PK12: Duncan fired back, "I know what it is to be a superintendent," he said, noting that he oversaw Chicago's school system. "I'm not a national superintendent now."

As Testing Season Opens In Schools, Some Ask: How Much Is Too Much? NPR: Students, parents and teachers often argue that American students take too many standardized tests — but how many do they really take? A visit to one high school in Rockville, Md., offers an answer.

When Common Core becomes a punch line Politico: If you've lost Louis C.K. and Chuck Norris, have you lost America?

TEACHING

Baltimore Educator Named National Teacher of the Year Teacher Beat: An English teacher from Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts in Baltimore was named the 2014 National Teacher of the Year.

A California school rises to the Common Core challenge Hechinger: To prepare for these changes, Laurel Street’s teachers have been strategizing for months, trying to identify effective ways to incorporate the new goals into their school day without losing any of the ground they’ve gained in recent years. They agreed to let a reporter follow their transition to the Common Core over the school year.

Nonprofit and for-profit partners help Cincinnati transform its failing schools EdSource Today:  Cincinnati has turned all 55 of its schools into community learning centers. Cincinnati Public Schools went from one of the worst urban public school systems in Ohio 10 years ago to the best today, according to the state’s ranking system, which is based on state test scores and high school graduation rates.

Study: Girls outperform boys in school NBC: A new study reveals that girls do better than boys in school, holding true for all ages and in all subjects, including math and science, all over the world.

What Are Education Tests For, Anyway? NPR: Tests have existed throughout the history of schooling. Today they're being used more than ever before — but not necessarily as designed.

Test Prep Endures in New York Schools, Despite Calls to Ease It NYT: New York City’s schools chancellor said in December that she would limit state exams’ role in measuring student progress, but test prep, and the anxiety it causes, is as robust as ever.

OTHER CITIES

New York Said to Be on Verge of 9-Year Deal With Teachers’ Union NYT: Mayor Bill de Blasio and the United Federation of Teachers are on the verge of announcing a deal to settle a nearly five-year-old labor dispute. See also Chalkbeat

Lurid new Miramonte details revealed; LAUSD admits it destroyed abuse records KPCC: LA Unified spokesman Sean Rossall confirmed to KPCC that the school district destroyed records containing allegations of sexual abuse at L.A. public schools dating back to 1988.

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