There's lots of CPS news today - it's the last week of classes, right? -- but the big education news is national -- a California judge's decision in the Vergara case ruling that some aspects of teacher tenure and LIFO are discriminatory and the Gates Foundation's announcement that it supports a two-year moratorium on high-stakes uses of Common Core results -- which Arne Duncan and the state chiefs don't necessarily think is a good idea. Will the Vergara decision affect other states like Illinois? Ditto re a Common Core delay?
Will California ruling on teacher seniority have an impact here? Seattle Times: Some in this state have been closely watching the landmark California case in which a judge ruled on Tuesday in favor of nine students who challenged state laws governing the hiring and firing of California’s teachers.
Gates Foundation urges delay in using tests for teacher evaluation Washington Post: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has invested more than $200 million to create, support and implement the Common Core State Standards, said Tuesday that states should hold off from using new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core.
iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School's Band NPR: Tablet computers and a creative teacher have helped open doors for some kids with serious learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. The P.S. 177 Technology Band is in Queens, N.Y.
Graduation, Derrick Smith verdict, and digital memories WBEZ: We talk about the first graduating class with Noble Street Charter School's Johnson College Prep and the last graduating class from Dyett High School.
Rev. Pfleger to Hold Peace March as Summer 'Time of War' Begins DNAinfo: The school year ends for more than 400,000Chicago Public Schools students Friday, the same day St. Sabina Church has ...
FBI raids Concept Schools in Illinois, 2 other states Chicago Sun-Times: The raids targeted Concept schools in Illinois — where Concept has three schools in Chicago and one in Peoria — as well as in Indiana and Ohio.
Englewood Principal Chosen for Community Service Honor DNAinfo: Mays moved into Banneker Elementary School building last August after Chicago Public Schoolsconsolidated the two schools. "I went from having ...
Alternative H.S. Opposition Rooted in 'Baseless Rumors, Fears:' Synagogue DNA Info: Community opposition has forced Ombudsman Chicago to look elsewhere twice this year
MAP scores Spring 2014 CPS Obsessed: Got spring MAP scores today – anyone else? These scores will be used for admissions into Academic Centers, SEHS, Military HS, and IB programs.
CPS didn't maintain paperwork for tracking basketball eligibility Chicago Sun-Times: A week after Curie High School won the city basketball championship, a Chicago Public Schoolsinvestigation revealed that seven Curie basketball players had been ineligible for the entire season because the correct paperwork hadn't been filed.
Rev. Jesse Jackson seeks probe of CPS basketball program Chicago Sun-Times: The Rev. Jesse Jackson is calling for a “thorough investigation” of Chicago Public Schools basketball teams a day after learning of what he called ...
Friends, fellow activists remembers former CPS official James Deanes Austin Weekly News: A retired Chicago Public Schools official and father of five children, Deanes, 66, died of natural causes June 4 in his West Side home.
James Deanes dies at 66; praised for role in starting localschool councils Chicago Sun-Times: With that same zeal, Mr. Deanes also helped shake up the Chicago Public Schools in the 1980s. That's where his children were enrolled.
Chief Keef evicted from Highland Park home Chicago Tribune: He was little known beyond his fans on the South Side and in Chicago Public Schools, according to media profiles, until he was arrested for allegedly
Chicago Public School's Prom Slogan Has Glaring Mistake: “This Is Are Story” Opposing Views: If failure rates at some of Chicago's public schoolswere not indication enough of the schools' troubling performance rates, perhaps Paul Robeson High School's prom theme is.
Bowser Commits To Keeping Kaya Henderson As Head Of D.C. Schools WAMU: Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) committed yesterday to keeping Kaya Henderson as the chancellor of D.C. Public Schools if she wins November's mayoral election.
Principals Need More Autonomy, Support From Central Office, Says Report District Dossier: The George W. Bush Institute, New Leaders, and others outline the district conditions that are needed to create opportunities for well-trained principals to succeed.
Families wait, hope after Oregon school shooting AP: They stopped in fire lanes, on medians, in spaces so tight one man wedged his sedan between two cars and climbed out of his sun roof. They double-, triple- or quadruple-parked, spilling into driveways and crosswalks, disregarding every traffic law....
Success Academy Seeks 14 More Charter Schools in New York City NYT: The city may have to house the new schools or help pay for their space.
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What's in It? : The Domino’s Smart Slice Goes to School NYT: These pies contain fewer worrisome ingredients, but they also give students a hefty dose of marketing in the lunchroom.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Charter School Proponent, Loses Primary PK12: As Majority Leader, Cantor was second-in-command, was assumed by many to be next in line for the Speaker of the House position, and considered one of the young Republicans who, along with politicians like U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., represented the future of the Republican Party.
White House Threatens Veto Of GOP School Meal Bill AP: In a statement threatening a veto, the White House said the bill would be "a major step backwards for the health of American children by undermining the effort to provide kids with more nutritious food."