Today's news includes lots of coverage of yesterday's Board meeting, some controversies at Prosser and Brennemann, calls for merit pay from a former CPS student, and a reminder from the Reader that the Mayor's race isn't the only one important to liberals. Plus national news and coverage from other cities like LA, NY, and NOLA.
Are Prosser teachers 'gaming the system'? Or is this reporter gaming them? Mike Klonsky: I love Prosser Career Academy, where I used to coach basketball. Despite its relatively high achievement record and talented (CTU members) faculty and staff, the school, like so many others in Chicago, has become the target of privateers.
Parents say principal applies 'iron fist' Catalyst: Two dozen or so parents gathered outside Joseph Brennemann Elementary School Wednesday to say they want discipline in their Uptown school — just not the “iron fist” approach they say Principal Sarah Abedelal employs, the Sun-Times reports.
LIVE BLOG: Chicago Board of Education votes on charters, more Chicago Sun-Times: Today's agenda at the Chicago Board of Education meeting is a "spendy" one, according to our education reporter Lauren FitzPatrick. It includes votes on charters, among other items.
Board of Ed OKs more students in privately operated schools Chicago Sun-Times: Barbara Byrd-Bennett, CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, and Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, talk before the Board of Education meeting started on Wednesday.
New alternative schools, some run by for-profit companies, come with hefty price tag WBEZ: The bulk of the money, about $4 million, will go to for-profit companies that just began working in the district last year.
Lawmakers approve money for CPS pensions, Uptown Theatre Chicago Tribune: The House vote to give Chicago teachers the $50 million injection restarts a longtime pension annual allocation to help Chicago Public Schools.
Charter school renewal halted over CPS ratings Tribune: The Chicago Board of Education tabled a vote Wednesday on whether to renew an agreement with the operators of a West Side charter school and indicated no action will be taken until the private group signs on to a new citywide accountability system.
Chicago schools remove 'incendiary' immigration query, deny Sheriff Joe link
Fox News: "... CTU to help measure teacher effectiveness inside the classroom, and this specific exercise was intended for students to evaluate the authority and point of view of sources,” CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in a statement obtained by FoxNews.com.
The mayor's race is not the only game in town Reader: Chicago liberals will be making a big mistake if their anyone-but-Rahm campaign causes them to neglect the race between Governor Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner.
Support merit pay in Chicago Public Schools Chicago Tribune: As a former student of public schools, I completely support merit pay in Chicago Public Schools. During my days in public school, I watched some of the most qualified teachers leave for better-paying jobs, and merit pay may be the solution to keeping
Don’t Believe Everything You’ve Heard About Chicago’s Most ‘Dangerous’ Neighborhood Chicago Magazine: Rashana Baldwin, a journalist and lifelong resident, is on a mission to highlight what’s good about Englewood.
Chicago Public Schools Wins Competitive Stem Grant at White House Science Fair eNews Park Forest: “US 2020's grant will help support our efforts to provide access to a quality STEM education that will prepare our children to excel in the classroom and in life,” CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said
Legendary author Maya Angelou dies at age 86 CNN: A literary voice revered globally for her poetic command and her commitment to civil rights has fallen silent.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the passing of Maya Angelou Imperial Valley News: "Maya Angelou was not just a phenomenal writer and artist - she was a teacher and mentor whose words will live on for generations."
The Politics of School Meal Standards WAMU: First Lady Michelle Obama engaged Congress this week in a debate over nationwide standards for school lunches.We explore the issues in play and why the the first lady felt compelled to make a rare foray into a direct political debate.
10 things they don't talk about at graduation Vox: The cost of attending college has more than doubled in the U.S. since the 1960s, which means that the class of 2014 can expect to be paying down their student loans for many years to come. But it's not all bad news.
You Can Now Get a 3D Printer for Under $200 Atlantic Wire: Three-dimensional printing is about to get a whole lot easier, cheaper, and more user-friendly. What once seemed like science fiction can now be yours for just $199, thanks to New Matter's new MOD-t 3D printer.
In New Orleans, major school district closes traditional public schools for good Washington Post: The second-graders paraded to the Dumpster in the rear parking lot, where they chucked boxes of old work sheets, notebooks and other detritus into the trash, emptying their school for good.
Seven candidates vie for LAUSD board seat in wide-open contest LA Times: The Los Angeles teachers union and a powerful group of civic leaders are sitting out Tuesday's key race for a seat on the Board of Education in what has become a spirited, wide-open contest among seven candidates.
Homeless Teen Graduates As Valedictorian, Will Attend College Thanks To The Internet HuffPost: Griffin Furlong, from Jacksonville, Fla., has faced more trials than your average high school student, and yet he still managed to triumph over adversity and succeed.
From school sports to free lunches, hearing highlights requests left out of mayor’s budget Chalkbeat: A City Council hearing on school spending got off to a dramatic start Wednesday when some 100 students wearing blue athletic jerseys turned inside-out marched into the council chambers to deliver petitions demanding more money for school sports.
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