So the CPS House of Delegates voted against Common Core last night -- a powerful but entirely symbolic move since it's (a) already being implemented and (b) not subject to teachers' approval. [All but 13 states are field testing Common Core assessments this spring, according to EdWeek.] Also: Mayor Rahm doesn't think much of the union's proposed "LaSalle" tax, lots of teachers are leaving CPS (but less than in the past), and attendance is down (compared to recent years).Nationally: NAEP scores for 12th grade are out and it's not pretty. Common Core is making Kafka popular, according to Vox. Etc. Check it all out below.
UNION VOTES AGAINST COMMON CORE
Chicago Teachers Union votes to oppose Common Core Standards Sun-Times: The Chicago Teachers Union has voted to oppose the Common Core Standards, a rigorous set of educational benchmarks implemented by Illinois law and in many other states. The union announced its House of Delegates voted Wednesday to urge the city's .
Chicago Union Passes Resolution Opposing Common Core TeacherBeat: The Chicago Teachers Union passed a resolution opposing the Common Core State Standards, in what may have implications for its parent union.
Emanuel's arrogance exceeds his accomplishments Chicago Tribune: Chicago Public Schools, also under Emanuel's stewardship, is prepared to spend $423 million — triple what it spent last year — for bricks and mortar
Emanuel skeptical of teachers union pension plan WBEZ: “Years ago, people referred to ‘Lasalle Street’ because it was a financial center, and Chicago had a lotta banks that were...Chicago-based. There’s only one left. They’re all gone.” Emanuel also suggested a financial transaction tax might hurt the city’s thriving futures and options industry. “That’s a place where Chicago’s still, economically, a dominant player,” Emanuel said. “And there’s more competition.”
Karen Lewis to be 'very active' in mayoral election, has no preferred candidate Chicago Tribune: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said today that the union would be “very active” in next year's mayoral election, but offered little insight into efforts to recruit a challenger to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Underscoring her long standing pledge ...
CPS Schools, New Management for 3 Chicago Defender: The recommendation for the nonprofit to turnaround the schools, all with Level 3 ratings, the worst in the district, came from CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.
Jumping the ship Catalyst: Every year, on average, 18 percent of Chicago teachers leave their schools. Some are fired or laid off. Some take a job in another CPS school or, increasingly, in another district. Some abandon teaching altogether. Though teacher turnover in CPS remains higher than the national average, the good news is that it has decreased slightly in recent years.
Benito Juarez H.S. Investigated for Altering Student Attendance Records DNA Info: A dramatic jump in attendance at Pilsen's largest high school, Benito Juarez — a boost that helped the school escape probation for the first time in a decade — was one of the reasons U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited the school in December, when he praised the school's "markedly better results in a short amount of time."
Lindblom H.S. Principal Wins Golden Apple Leadership Award DNA Info: Alan Mather declared his school, at 6130 S. Wolcott Ave., is one of the best in the country.
Absenteeism, truancy up in elementary grades Catalyst: Some 22.5 percent of kindergartners, for example, were considered chronically truant in the 2012 school year, a rate that was 4.6 percentage points higher than two years earlier. Meanwhile, nearly 20 percent of kindergartners were chronically absent in the 2012 school year, compared to 16.6 percent two years prior.
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Florida Judge: Teacher-Evaluation System Unfair, But Legal TeacherBeat: Florida's teacher-evaluation law may be hastily implemented and unfair, but it's still legal, a federal court ruled.
How Should NCLB Waiver States Keep an Eye On District Teacher-Evaluation Plans? PK12: Of the 42 states with waivers, just 10 choose a statewide evaluation system that looks the same in every district, according to a report released Tuesday by the Center for American Progress. That means, of course, that while the feds are busy policing and negotiating with states on the finer points of the waiver plans, [those 10] states are doing the same thing with districts.
Connecticut Students Show Gains in National Tests NYT: The state’s seniors did better on reading and math exams, but New Jersey remained flat in those areas, according to results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Demographic changes do not explain test-score stagnation among U.S. high school seniors Hechinger: The scores for high school seniors haven’t improved at all since 1992, when reading tests were first administered. Indeed, today’s reading scores are actually lower than they were in 1992. The math results, which date back to only 2005, show a modest increase right after that first year. But it’s been complete stagnation since. It’s hard to make sense of this data. How do you explain why there are improvements in fourth and eighth grade, but not twelfth?
Department Of Education Brings Home A Disappointing Report Card NPR: The Department of Education has released its latest math and reading scores for 12th graders. The scores offer little good news for educators, with results low and largely unchanged since 2009.
How is Australia beating the U.S. at graduating first-generation, low-income college students? Hechinger: Students in polos and plaids streamed into the auditorium at the University of Western Sydney as Lorde’s “Royals” blasted on repeat. While she sang about having “no post code envy,” hundreds of low-income high school seniors and students who would be the first in their families to go to college took their seats. Ahead of them was a day of panels and information sessions on college and careers put on by Fast Forward, a UWS program that reaches out to economically disadvantaged groups.
School Segregation After Brown ProPublica: Hundreds of school districts were placed under court order to desegregate following the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling. Many communities do not know the status of these orders. Use this tool to find out whether your district is or ever was under a desegregation order, and also to look at the levels of integration and segregation in your schools.
How the Common Core made Kafka way more popular Vox: The list of stories, poems, and nonfiction near the end of the Common Core state standards isn't supposed to be an assignment list. But teachers seem to be using it that way.The list, called Appendix B, is meant only to give an idea of the type of works students should be reading in order to meet the standards; middle-schoolers aren't required to readThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer, but teachers should choose books at a similar level of difficulty or with similar themes.
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Professor Launches Academic Boot Camp NPR: Many underprivileged students come to college unprepared to handle the coursework and then drop out. Now a Washington, D.C professor is giving students a boost through a summer boot camp for math.
Research Drives Teacher Training for Digital Reading Education Week News: As concern about technology's impact on student reading comprehension grows, some researchers and educators are pursuing strategies for promoting "deep reading" skills on mobile digital devices
Delegates Recommend a Yes Vote for Teachers Contract WNYC: More than 2000 delegates of the teachers union approved a proposed new contract with the city on Wednesday, sending it to their members for the final vote. But the sentiment among delegates seemed to be one of resignation more than joy for the first new contract since 2009.
Families settle over school cheating scandal AP: The families of four students accused of hacking into computers at a public high school have reached settlements with the Newport-Mesa Unified School District and dropped out of litigation....
The new face of teacher unionism in New York City and beyond Hechinger: I knew Al Shanker, Mr. Mulgrew, and you’re no Al Shanker. Would Al Shanker have agreed to let at least 200 schools, thousands of teachers, exit the basic UFT contract?
Here's What School Lunch Looks Like In 13 Countries Around The World BI: The photographers found that while most schools abroad don't actually sell lunch, the ones that do, put a "premium" on feeding their students healthy meals. Students were more likely to go home for lunch or bring a home-cooked meal.
New York City's Teachers' Contract: Examining the Details TeacherBeat: An analysis of the actual text of NYC's tentative teacher contract.