Big News From DC, NY - And Lake View

Big News From DC, NY - And Lake View

Today's news: A parent is suing her child's school for bullying he allegedly experienced. Lake View has a new principal (Scott Grens). Elsewhere: Washington DC announced a delay in use of Common Core assessments to evaluate teachers, and New York state came up with a safety net deal for low-rated teachers.  The California Charter School Association weighed in against a school bond vote when the district refused to share resources. .

Teen tennis star Taylor Townsend, mayor share lakefront jog Sun Times: The Englewood teen who stunned the tennis world by upsetting the 20th seed in the French Open — had her coach call the mayor’s office, and he agreed to join her Thursday.

A Chicago High School Moves To Head of Class Chicago Defender: Concerned about what was going on at the school, then-Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan moved all of Lindblom's students to other schools .

Lake View High School: Scott Grens Unanimously Voted New Principal DNA Info: The former Lake View English teacher has served as interim principal since April.

Senn Football Player, Prom King Jessica Velez 'Always Challenged the Norm' DNA Info: The 17-year-old ships off to the prestigious U.S. Naval Academy next month.

Sun-Times takes top honors in 2 news contests Sun Times: Jessica Koscielniak and Peter Holderness, multimedia storytelling and also enterprise story — for “The Ripple Effect: Putting Ashley Hardmon to Rest,” about the aftermath of the shooting death of a Chicago teenager. The multimedia project also won the overall editorial sweepstakes prize.

A Chicago Public Schools graduate finds value volunteering in Boston's Cristo Rey School Network Ray Salazar: This school year, René Howard-Páez, my former Chicago Public Schools student (and someone who also grew up in Little Village), completed a volunteer year at Boston's Cristo Rey High School.

Mom sues third-grader and parents for alleged bullying Chicago Tribune: In the lawsuit, which also identifies the boy as a plaintiff, Deveri Del Core, claims there was "continuous" bullying of her son throughout the 2013-14 school year.

Illinois 4th-grader sues elementary school classmate for bullying New York Daily News: A Chicago-area elementary school boy is fighting back against his bully — in court. Joaquin Del Core is suing his classmate, the boy's parents and the Illinois school district after the fourth-grader said the bully routinely choked, kicked and ...


DCPS Hits Pause On Using Test Scores For Teacher Evaluations WAMU: For one year, D.C. Public Schools won't factor student test scores into teacher evaluations.

D.C. will wait a year to rate teachers with Common Core tests PBS: A Thursday announcement from current D.C. School Chancellor Kaya Henderson, Rhee’s predecessor and former deputy, could make waves across the country.

DC to Suspend Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations AP: The District of Columbia public school system, one of the first in the country to evaluate teachers using student test scores, announced Thursday that it would suspend the practice while students adjust to new tests based on Common Core standards.

Tentative Agreement Reached on Changes to Teacher Evaluation System NYT: For the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years, teachers with poor ratings of either “ineffective” or “developing” would have state test scores removed from their evaluations. If the test scores alone led to a poor rating, then teachers would get a temporary pass.

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan praises Cuomo's teacher-evaluation bill Politics on the Hudson: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Thursday praised a New York bill that would hold teachers harmless for poor Common Core-based test scores through next school year.

‘Safety net’ deal on teacher evaluations protects against negative consequences Chalkbeat: Teachers won’t face negative consequences for the next two years if they flunk their annual evaluations because of Common Core-aligned state tests, according to a tentative deal reached today between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature.


As political leaders fight over Common Core, almost half of adults don’t know what they’re arguing about PBS: A poll out this week estimates 47 percent of the country’s adults still haven’t heard of the Common Core standards... After being told the new standards “have been set to internationally competitive levels and would be used in every states for students in grades K through 12,” 59 percent of respondents said they supported the idea.

Field test of Common Core exams went well, officials say Washington Post: More than 1 million students in 14 states tested new Common Core standardized exams this spring, and the experiment went well, the test creators said Thursday.

Can a State Lose Federal Funds for Ditching Common Core? PK12: Duncan never actually told the Sooner State that it could lose federal dollars if it withdrew from common core. In fact, during a White House briefing, he said precisely the opposite, in response to a reporter's question about Oklahoma's funding future.

Common Core Caught in Tractor Beam of Presidential Politics for Some Governors State EdWatch: How is the 2016 presidential campaign affecting, and not affecting, support for the common core among Republican

Major Ed-Tech Event Overhauls Code of Conduct After Troubling Accusations EdWeek: The suddenly public conversation about the treatment of women in the ed-tech field—and the significant changes to ISTE’s code of conduct, which will be in effect for the organization’s forthcoming conference, beginning June 28 in Atlanta—were ignited in large part by Ariel C. Norling, a 22-year-old graduate student and entrepreneur.

Innovation Contests With Cash Prizes Attract More 'Average Joes' WSJ: Results from "citizen solvers" so far are promising, with more than 350 government and philanthropic prizes awarded since 2010. Among the 2009 winners was a Maine engineer who created a more durable and flexible astronaut glove for NASA.

Studies Examine Cluster Placements and Older Novices TeacherBeat: Two recent studies on TFA examine facets of the program. One continues to find that recruits boosted math scores in Miami schools, although they didn't seem to have much effect on their peer teachers. Another finds that older recruits are more likely to stay in their placements.

Signs of Trouble Preceded Fatal Stabbing at Bronx School NYT: The lawyer for a 14-year-old boy charged with killing another student said the boy suffered months of antagonism and bullying before the deadly fight.

Charter schools’ $100,000 opposition helps sink district’s bond measure EdSource: The $100,000 that it spent helped defeat the West Contra Costa Unified School District’s $270 million Measure H. It also sent a larger message to other districts with charter schools, said Jed Wallace, executive director of the California Charter Schools Association, a nonprofit education and advocacy organization representing most of the state’s 1,130 charter schools.

Netflix’s founder saves the day for one education software startup EdSource Today: The Hechinger Report has been publishing excerpts from Richard Whitmire’s book On the Rocketship: How Top Charter Schools are Pushing the Envelope.  In this third and final installment, Netflix founder Reed Hastings steps in to take over DreamBox.

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