Lots of education news -- but the biggest might be from Houston (where they're suing to stop evaluation) and NYC (where they just got a 18 percent/9 year deal). Locally, there are going to be some hearings about SE high schools (as there should be, right?) and there's another proposal from CTU to raise some taxes but not property taxes. Take a look -it's all below.
Aldermen seek hearings on selective high schools' admissions process Chicago Sun-Times: ... federal judge's 2009 decision to lift a 1980 consent decree that had required Chicago Public Schools to be desegregated with no school being more...
For Blacks, the Class Ladder Is Much Steeper Chicago Magazine: A Chicago Fed study suggests that to go up the income ladder (and avoid falling), blacks require more educational attainment than whites.
Chicago Teachers Union: New taxes to fix pensions--but not higher property taxes WBEZ: The Chicago Teachers Union is rolling out a plan they say will help solve the teachers pension crisis. CTU leaders say their proposals would raise much-needed money for the cash-strapped retirement fund that covers the city's educators. The fund is just under 50 percent funded. A Chicago Public Schools spokesman called those ideas "not a responsible solution."
Man shot along Safe Passage route in Englewood, 2 others shot in West Pullman Chicago Tribune: Safe Passage routes, the streets identified by the Chicago Public Schools as the safest paths to and from schools for students, are supervised around
How Chicago is using psychotherapy to fight crime — and winning Vox: BAM consists of weekly hour-long sessions with groups of no more than 15 high school boys (the average instructor-student ratio is 1 to 8).
Houston Teachers' Union Is Latest to Turn to the Courts to Fight Evaluation ... Wall Street Journal: Unions in Florida, New York, New Mexico, Colorado and Tennessee have also filed.
Houston Union Sues District Over 'Value Added' Evaluations TeacherBeat: A federal suit against the Houston district's use of "value added" highlights the increasing pushback against new evaluation system--raising tough questions for districts, researchers, and unions alike.
Ending 5-Year Dispute, New York Reaches Deal With Teachers Union NPR: Teachers in the largest public school system in the country had been working without a contract since 2009. Mayor Bill de Blasio called it a "landmark" labor deal. See also EdWeek, Chalkbeat, NYT, WNYC.
New York parents opt out of high stakes tests Marketplace: Parents’ groups estimate about 1,000 kids in New York City won’t be taking the Common Core assessments this year. Statewide, it’s about 35,000. Those numbers are hard to verify and they represent just a tiny fraction of the total number of kids sitting down for the math tests this week.
D.C. charter school board releases data on waiting lists, open slots Washington Post: There are still more than 2,000 spots open at D.C. charter schools for the 2014-2015 school year, but most of the available seats are in low-and mid-performing schools, according to data that the D.C. Public Charter School Board released Thursday.
At Success Academy schools, high-octane test prep leaves nothing to chance ChalkBeat: Teachers had been taught the proper way to hand out tissues during the test (pass the student a new sheet first, then use a second sheet to grab the used tissue). They knew to set their classroom temperatures to between 66 and 70 degrees, and to call each student’s family every evening before a test to remind them of the next morning’s exam.
Federal Waivers, an Advocacy Group, and Teacher Evaluations: A Michigan Story State EdWatch: Michigan lawmakers are upset with an advocacy group for invoking NCLB waivers in discussions about teacher-evaluation bills under consideration.
Obama Taps Former OMB Aide for Key K-12 Policy Post PK12: Gordon is currently a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution. But from 2009 to 2013, Gordon wore a number of different hats at the Office of Management and Budget, including acting deputy director, executive associate director, and associate director for human resources.
Florida Advances Tuition Aid for Children Brought to U.S. Illegally NYT: The legislation’s passage is a sign that Florida’s conservative Legislature and Republican governor are intensifying efforts to woo Hispanic voters.
Dept. of Education names 55 colleges facing sexual assault investigations PBS NewsHour: The release came two days after a White House task force promised greater government transparency on sexual assault in higher education. Going forward, the department said, it will keep an updated list of schools facing such an investigation and make it available upon request.
Textbook Rental Company Turns To Late-Night Food Orders To Sell Investors BuzzFeed: Not unlike many old school media companies that are preaching a gospel of digital first, Rosensweig wants to do the same for Chegg, lately referring to his company as a "student-first connected learning platform." In addition to rented textbooks, the company is now offering study materials, internships, college match programs, and, yes, even a discount food-ordering service.
A computer program to write your essays Marketplace: A writing professor at MIT has developed a computer program that writes a college essay in one second, after you input a few key words and it actually scores pretty well on an online grading system meant for actual human student writing.
Police: Teen plotted to kill family, bomb schools Seattle Times: Authorities said Thursday that they prevented an "unimaginable tragedy" by foiling a teenager's elaborate plot to kill his family and bomb the junior and senior high school in the southern Minnesota city of Waseca.