Local news includes turnarounds at 3 schools, CTU's concerns about the CPS budget, and Vallas/Rauner comparisons (aren't they running against each other?) Nationally, the big news is that Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal wants the state to get out of the Common Core but he's being resisted by the state education chief (former Chicago TFA head John White).
CPS Teachers, Staff Lose Jobs at Three Schools Chicago Defender: CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett wrote President David Vitale a letter recommending that he and the rest of the board reconsider the decision to turnaround Gresham. After much thought, AUSL will still take over the school in the fall.
14 months of revenue for a 12-month budget The Capitol Fax Blog (blog): Ten months after the biggest realignment in CPS history, the stage is set for a cataclysmic budget debacle, which could top $1 billion. “It's completely nuts,” says Chicago Teachers Union vice president Jesse Sharkey.
Closed CPS School Building Eyed To House Academic Program Progress Illinois: Although Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has previously stated that new schools would not take over school buildings left vacant due to the last round of school closings, the district will consider Burns' plan and others proposed for
Report Calls for Moratorium on Chicago School Closures District Dossier: Researchers from the University of Illinois found that parents felt excluded from the process, are distrustful of the school system, and want a voice in closure decisions.
Paul Vallas has a lot in common with Bruce Rauner Chicago Sun-Times: Yet, when it comes to some of the most important issues in education today, Quinn's running mate in the November election — the former Chicago Public Schools chief executive Paul Vallas — appears to have plenty in common with Rauner.
Comings & Goings: Carter, Knight Catalyst: Terrence Carter, currently the director and chief academic officer of the Academy for Urban School Leadership, has been named superintendent of the New London CT public schools. This fall, Lloyd Knight will become the director of Lloyd Bond Charter School , which is in the Chicago International Charter School Network.
Three Unions Approve Contracts With DCPS WAMU: Unions representing principals, classroom aides and custodians at DCPS have given the thumbs up to new contracts, sending them to the D.C. Council for approval.
About 12 percent of Ohio's third graders still can't read well enough for fourth grade Cleveland.com: In Cleveland, which has some of the worst-scoring readers in the state, only 63 percent of third graders scored well enough to go to fourth grade. Warrensville Heights and East Cleveland students also face large numbers of retention in third grade, with 61 and 68 percent of third graders earning passing scores.
Fortune 500 List Lacks Ed. Companies, But Includes Prominent K-12 Vendors EdWeek: On the expanded Fortune 1000 listing, Graham Holdings Co., a Washington-based business that owns Kaplan, among other properties in the news, cable, and broadcasting areas, lost ranking (to No. 614, down from No. 580 last year) but gained profitability by 79 percent, compared with last year. Kaplan serves the K-12 market, with academic-tutoring and test-preparation services.
Bobby Jindal Announces Huge Common Core Shift In Louisiana HuffPost: But Jindal's own state education superintendent, John White, is incensed. "It is outside the bounds of both our state's laws and our state's aspirations for its children to think that we would turn back now," White said in a statement. A lack of cooperation from White, who is in charge of implementing the state's education policies, could complicate Jindal's plan.
Bobby Jindal Announces Huge Common Core Shift In Louisiana HuffPost: Jindal issued a series of executive orders calling for the state to come up with "Louisiana standards and a Louisiana test" in place of the "one size fits all" Common Core standards.
Bobby Jindal announces plans to get Louisiana out of Common Core NOLA: The governor did acknowledge he can't scrap Common Core by himself entirely. Jindal may have the ability to block a Common Core standardized test the state had planned to use next year, but he can't ditch the academic standards totally without the support of the Louisiana Legislature or the state school board.
Bobby Jindal can't quit the Common Core on his own Vox: Jindal can't actually get rid of the standards on his own. That requires cooperation from the state's top education official, among others — and that official says the state will stick with Common Core.
La. Gov. Bobby Jindal Declares State Dumping Common Core, PARCC Tests State EdWatch: Louisiana's governor wants the state to "develop our own standards and our own tests," but he will likely have a fight on his hands with the state schools' chief and board still backing the common core.
Governor Plans to Cut Ties to Common Core in Louisiana NYT: Louisiana’s governor said on Wednesday that his state would end its enactment of the educational guidelines, but other officials immediately said that he had overstepped his authority.
Common Core opponents say states' repeal boosts momentum Wyoming Tribune: Since March, governors in three states have signed legislation to repeal the Common Core.