What Next For Gresham?

What Next For Gresham?

Back from the education writers conference in Nashville, here are today's education news stories -- including plans for 125 S. Clark Street, a new report from CTU, updates on the dispute at Gresham, and a story of a parent who beat the odds and won the "CPS lottery."  More national news and updates from other cities as well.

CLOSINGS

Apartments planned at former Chicago Public Schools headquarters Crain's Chicago Business: A Chicago developer has emerged as the buyer of the Chicago Public Schools' former Loop headquarters, with plans to covert the vintage building into — what else? — apartments.

CTU report says CPS broke promises on benefits of school closings Chicago Sun-Times:
The union's report, released Wednesday, says that contradicts the victory speech CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett made in March, when she told the Board of Education that the closings made the district stronger.

Mayor Emanuel provokes a fight with Chicago school principals Chicago Reader: Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the mayor's handpicked schools CEO, told reporters that she was shocked—shocked, I tell you—to learn that some principals felt so used and abused. Then she basically blamed it on the communications office.

2 Investigators, BGA: Superintendent Salaries Costing Taxpayers CBS Local: “These suburban superintendents in many cases make more money than the superintendent in Chicago who manages 600 schools and 400,000 kids,” said Shaw. Chicago School superintendentBarbara Byrd-Bennett earns $250,000 a year.

PARENTS/SCHOOLS

Parents, community vow to continue fight for Gresham Elementary School Chicago Sun-Times: But at a Tuesday night Local School Council meeting at Gresham, noticeable absences included CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, School Board President David Vitale and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. All were invited.

CPS parents hold sit-in to protest turnaround vote Chi0-Town Review: Parents of Chicago Public Schools students at Walter Gresham Elementary staged a sit-in at the school demanding to speak with Mayor Rahm Emanuel or a CPS official.

Winning the School Lottery Pacific Standard: Against all odds, Jessica Hopper gets a prime spot in the Chicago public school system.

Parents Condemn Rejection of Alderman's Sister by CPS for Principal Job DNAinfo: If the council does not select a principal by July 1, Alvarado and CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennettwill select an acting principal for the 2014-15 school year. Protesting the decision to block Sugrue's selection and the board's principal selection policy ..

Chicago Public Schools blogger discusses education news on Vocalo's Barbershop Show White Rhino: Ray Salazar with Richard Steele minutes before the Mid-Mash Up on Vocalo's Barbershop Show May 16 at Carter's Barbershop in North Lawndale.

INEQUALITY

Sec. Duncan amplifies [State Superintendent] King’s comments on segregation in city schools Chalkbeat: Duncan focused his remarks on the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, and tied the continued push to implement tougher standards and increase accountability for teachers and schools to the need to address continued school segregation.

For Schools, Long Road to a Level Playing Field NYT: The United States, which lags most other industrial nations in educational performance, also has a persistent gulf in the test results between the rich and the poor.

Arne Duncan: Closing education gaps 'moral imperative' Knoxville News Sentinel: U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, right, looks on as fifth grade students work at the board during a visit to Brick Church College Prep on Tuesday in Nashville.

NATIONAL

Delays Allowed on Healthier Lunches AP: The Agriculture Department will allow some schools to delay adding more whole-grain foods to meals this year, responding to criticism from school officials and Congress that the standards were too difficult to meet.

Bailout for teachers' pensions to cost California school districts LA Times: California's public school districts could face difficult cutbacks if state officials move forward with a plan to bail out the retirement fund for teachers, officials and educators say, but even those painful steps may fall short of curing the pension deficit if investments don't meet...

Why aren’t high school students graduating? New report sheds light PBS NewsHour: According to the report, 30 percent of participants said abuse was a major factor in their decision to leave high school–22 percent cited homelessness and 18 percent cited spending time in juvenile detention.

Video: Yearbook Devoted to Students With Children Sparks Outrage NBC News: Parents in Mesa, Ariz., upset over high school yearbook pages dedicated to students who have children, or who are expectant parents. KPNX reporter Krystle Henderson has the story. (NBC News)

University Of Phoenix Owner Buys Stake In South African For-Profit College BuzzFeed:  Laureate Education, an under-the-radar-private company in the United States, is the biggest player in the international market, with more than 800,000 students in 30 different countries. And earlier this year, massively open online course provider Coursera hired a new CEO, Richard Levin, in hopes of raising their profile in China and elsewhere.

OTHER CITIES

Task Force Recommends Pushing Maryland Schools Start Date To After Labor Day WAMU: Comptroller Peter Franchot is praising a vote by a state task force to recommend a longer summer break for Maryland students.

D.C. approves three new charter schools Washington Post: The D.C. Public Charter School Board has approved three new charter schools: a residential school meant for children in foster care, a K-8 school targeted at students with special needs, and a middle school that emphasizes international education and foreign language.

LA school board ousts iPad critic from oversight commitee KPCC: Stuart Magruder, an architect, had unsuccessfully attempted to halt the iPad program's growth last fall after the district purchased 31,000 tablets for its pilot.

Race for California school chief a referendum on change AP va LA School Report: The two agree the state spends too little on education, favor giving local districts more discretion about how to use their funding and share support for the Common Core State Standards, the national learning benchmarks that have generated a backlash over whether they undermine states’ rights.

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