Anti-Semitism & Bullying At CPS

Anti-Semitism & Bullying At CPS

Welcome back -- today's news includes hints at a pension compromise, mop-up indignation about the anti-Semitism at Ogden, and a teacher's complaints about Common Core.  See also info about a visitation for James Deanes tonight. Nationally and elsewhere, there's a big Washington Post piece about Bill Gates' influence promoting the Common Core, a couple more states backing out, and a peek into the NYC gifted and talented world.


Chicago Teachers Union Boss Karen Lewis Hints at Pension Compromise NBC Chicago: Karen Lewis, Chicago Teacher's Union president and scourge of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, says she would consider extending an olive branch to City Hall and negotiate a compromise on member pensions.

How to stop hateful school bullying Chicago Sun-Times: Stanley Kusper Jr. (left), chairperson of the LSC for the Ogden International School of Chicago, and Principal Joshua VanderJagt both spoke Thursday night during an LSC meeting about anti-Semitic bullying at the school.

CPS looks into death of 12-year-old girl who complained of bullying Sun Times: Chicago Public Schools is investigating the circumstances preceding the suicide of a 12-year-old student at Peirce International Studies Elementary School who claimed she was bullied at school.

The new face of teachers unions Boston Globe: After the election of new president Karen Lewis, an African-American graduate of Dartmouth, CTU began to strengthen its internal structures to prepare for a showdown with the city's hard-nosed mayor, Rahm Emanuel, two years ago.

Jonathan Jackson Will Address Gresham Elementary School Graduates and ... ChicagoNow:  Last Tuesday, the group and members of the LSC met with Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett and Chicago Board of Education's President David Vitale at the school, where they urged the CPS leaders to maintain the current administrators

Inner-City Chicago High School Celebrates First College Graduates AP: Jamil Boldian headed to college four years ago, arriving in small-town Ohio with a one-way Megabus ticket and $17.91 to his name. He'd been scared to leave Chicago, the only place he'd ever really known. He'd had a rough start in life, bouncing around in seven or eight elementary schools. He wasn't always sure he was college material. Now here he was on a rural campus, where he knew no one. But that had been part of the grand plan ever since Boldian had enrolled in Urban Prep, a new charter high school for young black men.

Less Tenure at the Top? CounterPunch: That's when CORE—the Caucus of Rank-and-File Educators, a group which inspired Madeloni's —took over the leadership of the 26,000-member Chicago Teachers Union (CTU).

One Year After Closings, How Are Chicago's Public Schools Now? In These Times: The Chicago Public Schools district had already closed 86 schools in the previous decade on the basis of low test scores and, more recently, arguments that the buildings were underutilized.

Common Core threatens good teaching Chicago Sun-Times: I teach Financial Literacy as a semester-long social studies course in a Chicago public high school. This quarter we focused on professional skills.

Funeral Services set For James Deanes ChicagoNow: Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday June 9th at Leak & Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave. A wake will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday June 10th at Salem Baptist Church, 11800 S. Indiana Ave., to be followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, 11500 South Fairfield Ave.


How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution Washington Post: The pair of education advocates had a big idea, a new approach to transform every public-school classroom in America. By early 2008, many of the nation’s top politicians and education leaders had lined up in support.

Examples of how Common Core has changed test questions in Mississippi Washington Post: Mississippi, which historically ranks among the lowest-scoring states on achievement  tests administered by the federal government, adopted the Common Core State Standards in 2010.  The state slowly phased in the standards until the current school year, and now all Mississippi students are being taught to the new standards. They will take new standardized tests based on the Common Core in spring 2015.

Obama Plans Steps to Ease Student Debt NYT: Borrowers’ debt load is growing and retarding the ability to buy homes, start businesses or otherwise spend to spur the economy, economists say.

Oklahoma repeals Common Core educational standards PBS: The bill, overwhelmingly passed in the House and Senate on the final day of the 2014 Legislature, requires the state to return to old standards in place before 2010, according to the Associated Press.

National student database controversy heats up again Hechinger Report: The idea, sometimes referred to as a “unit record data,” was originally proposed by the Bush Administration in 2005, but critics, citing student privacy concerns, were able to kill it.

Two States Repeal Education Standards NYT: The governors of Oklahoma and South Carolina signed bills within the past week repealing the Common Core state standards, guidelines for children’s achievement in reading and math between kindergarten and high school graduation.

Koch brothers to give $25 million to United Negro College Fund PBS: The United Negro College Fund announced a $25 million grant Friday from Koch Industries Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation — a large donation from the conservative powerhouse Koch name that Democrats have sought to vilify heading into the 2014 midterm elections.


Inside the Test Prep Industry for NYC Gifted Programs WNYC: For most families a G&T offer is a golden-ticket moment, a chance to put their children on an enriched academic track. While the application process has closed for this cycle, the fast-growing test prep industry never stops. We get inside a G&T test prep center to hear how young children drill to ace the tests.

Philadelphia Parents Reject Charter School Option, Favor Staying District-Run EdWeek: In the last month, parents at two Philadelphia public schools have refused to support plans for the district to transfer control of their schools to charter operators.

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